Archive for January, 2009

Stainless Steel Ofuro

Stainless Steel Ofuro

This soaking tub is patterned after Japanese ofuro in which a single person sits, relaxing in soothing hot water as part of a traditional, centuries-old daily bathing ritual designed to cleanse the body and calm the spirit. Favored by high-end spas and resorts, the soaking tub is individually handcrafted in the U.S. of 14-gauge, 304-grade stainless steel with 18% chromium composition for years of durability and simple maintenance, and it is tungsten inert gas (TIG)-welded for the smoothest seams possible. Three non-slip steps with a handrail provide access to the tub and the rail extends around the rim of the tub. The seat sits 15″ from the bottom of the hand-buffed 3″ thick, double-walled metal tub, which warms quickly to a soothing temperature when filled with hot water. Eighteen air jets built into the seat and sides of the tub provide streams of water that massage and soothe muscles; the jet system has three settings, controlled with the touch of a button. Insulation within the walls retain heat, ensuring a comfortable soak. Though spacious and deep, the tub takes up minimal floor space; it can be installed into a deck or used as a free-standing tub. A built-in drain and overflow assembly is on the outside of the tub; plumbing is accessed beneath the seat from the outside. Our white glove delivery includes in-home set up and removal of packing materials. Plugs into AC. 71 1/2″ L x 48″ W x 45 1/2″ H. (500 lbs.)

$2,000 at Hammacher Schemmer

Cedar Sake Vessel

Cedar Sake Vessel

The tradition of Japanese woodcraft called Magewappa has been practiced for 400 years in Odate City. This area, located on the east end of the Shirakami Mountains, is known for its history of growing cedar. Designer Shunji Kurimori is part of a history that’s equally rich, building on six generations of his family’s business, established in 1874. Kurimori’s Cedar Sake Bottle is made using old cedar trees with a striking narrow grain, resulting in a bentwood low-conduction vessel that keeps cold sake cool, hot sake warm. Kurimori is a Master of Traditional Craft, recognized by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Pair the Cedar Sake Bottle with the Cedar Sake Cups (sold separately) to practice a third Japanese tradition: sharing sake and conversation with friends.

$140 at Design Within Reach