Shake up your bathroom with a modern freestanding bath. You may have never considered your bath as a showpiece, but it's time for a rethink. Meet the new cool and ultra-modern designs which are makinga splash in the design world.
IN THE FOLD
From design doyenne Kelly Hoppen comes a bath with zen-like qualities, inspired by the delicate Japanese art of origami. The Origami bath has minimalist lines reminiscent of folded paper, creating a piece that is functional day-to-day, while doubling up as an art piece.
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TheBetteLux Oval Couture Bath in Matt Black breaks the mould of ceramic tubs with an upholstered bath. Let that sink in. Upholstered. The outside is covered in a hardwearing, water-resistantwoven fabric from Jab Anstoetz – with a velvety texture. Bathroom couture, if you will.
Feeling flush? The Kora bathtub is the height of sumptuous sophistication, carved from a single marble block that rests on a tripod base to lighten the look.And although the hefty price tag may at first be off-putting, once you sit back and enjoy a well-earned soak, there’ll be no going back.
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Go geometric with Kelly Hoppen's shapely Bijoux bath. The strikingly chiseled form draws inspiration from faceted diamondsand is the product ofthe second collaboration between Kelly Hoppen and Apaiser.
Be bold with a black fitting in your bathroom. The Vetrina 1700 bath from Lusso Stone is enviably sleek, chic and stylish, with a matte finish that contrasts its polished interior.
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WALL OF GLASS
Le Cob's design is a work of art. This freestanding bath has an unusual V-shape, with see-through glass panels. With one side slightly lower than the other, the water spills over like a waterfall into an innovative pebble-covered drain system, but the crowning glory has to be the chaise lounge shape – ultimate comfort in water immersion. Need.
Bathing takes a softer turn with The Hurling Bath Company's Galleon bath, upholstered in Andrew Martin fabric. A perfect contrast of a traditional, alluring double slipper bath shape with a strikingly modern geometric print. Plus, did we mention it's fabric?
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The out-there design of the Freestanding Hammock bath is anything but ordinary. It's like the bat-mobile of bathrooms – if batman went bath shopping, that is. Playful, modern, wild – and, guessing by the sloping sides, super comfortable too, with room for two.
Why settle from monochrome? Devon & Devon's Hollywood bath comes in more than 500 different colours, which means you can colour match it to your wallpaper or upholstery.
You would think that a simple, bucket-shaped design would look old-fashioned, but it doesn't. The all-marble In-Out bathreinvents the shape of bathtubs, with a circular shape that's carved out of marble.
Forget a double-ended bath, a perfectly round bath means you can lie in any direction. The luxurious Notion Stone tub would make an extravagant addition to a palatial bathroom.
Big enough to teach a kid to swim, the Lotus bath reminds us a bit of a paddling pool – but a chicer, grown-up version. With rounded shapes and soft curves, it's the mini-pool our childhood selves would have wanted. Go on, treat yourself.
The deep curves of this super-minimalist egg-shaped Coniston bathwere inspiredby Coniston Water in the Lake District, which is set within a steep U-shaped valley.Yet despite its imposing scale (it holds an impressive amount of water, ensuring you'll want to wallow in it for hours), it's actually a rather sleek and slender bath.
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Simple, but made modern through it's contrasting black frame, the Cuna freestanding bathis a lesson in clean, fuss-free functional beauty.
Succumb to the charm of Catchpole & Rye's Copper Bateau freestanding bathtub.Reminiscent of a time when people bathed in front of fires, copper baths had to be light, so thatthey could be easily carried from room to room. These double-ended baths are made entirely from high gauge copper, with a number of different interior and exterior finishes are availble– although our favourite is the Verdi-Gris.With a purposefully distressed aged iron coat, it's amasterclass in ageing gracefully.
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Like the hollow shape a droplet makes when it hits the water's surface, the Goccia bathhas a tall, cocooning, wraparoundedge – meaning you can have an extra-deep bath that you can sit up in.
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