This Basket-Inspired Bathtub is Made from Thin Strips of Wood Veneer

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jan 27, 2016
References: talengel & dezeen
Israeli designer Tal Engel used thin strips of wood veneer to create a modern bathtub that resembles a decorative wooden basket. Made using traditional Asian boat-building techniques, this tub is both decorative and functional.

The Otaku bath was made by weaving thin strips of white ash and maple veneer to create a large sheet. The wooden sheet was then pressed into a bathtub-shaped form with steam. Once dry, the tub was coated in layers of resin to keep the bath watertight. To give the bath a more modern silhouette, the tub was then mounted on a stylish steel frame. The strips of wooden veneer ultimately give the bathtub a basket-like silhouette that is similar to the bamboo baskets found in Asia. As Engle explains, he created the tub to "emphasise a unique relationship between sailing and bathing."