WARMTH AND SENSIBILITY THROUGH THE JAPANESE OFURO

We have written about Japanese bathrooms on this blog before.  Today our dear friend and great designer Esther Beke continues the topic with a short essay about the Japanese soaking tub.  Thank you Esther!
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Soaking baths have played an important role in Japanese culture. From the social Sento public baths to the Ofuro (Japanese bathtub) in private homes, they provide a place for rituals that are beneficial and enriching to Japanese society.

Undressing, washing in a shower and then soaking in a tub for thirty minutes to an hour is pretty much how the daily ritual goes. The Ofuro is a deep soaking tub that allows the user to be covered with water up to the chin. The most traditional ones are made of Hinoki, a Japanese cypress. The warm water releases the wood’s natural oils and fragrances and enhances the bathing experience, making it a ritual with very positive effects to the mind and body’s well being.

The Ofuro, together with the Japanese bathing culture, reminds us how important it is to consider design decisions that enhance the quality of our lives.

Bartok Tub

Wooden Hot Tub

Ofuro Tub

Wooden Bath Tub

 

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About today’s guest blogger: Esther Beke has been practicing Interior Design in NYC since 2003. She is currently working on her Masters in Industrial Design and is very much interested in humans’ relationships and interactions with surrounding objects and spaces.

 

LIFE, OUTDOORS

We invited our extremely talented good friend Esther Beke to write a guest post for us.  Esther grew up in Venezuela and in her post, she recalls her sensual childhood memories.  Thank you Esther and we hope for more to come!
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From the simplest installation and most vernacular use, to the more elaborate and luxurious outdoor spaces, the outdoor shower plays an important roll in the lives of many, as well as in the design world.

Memories of growing up in the tropics, washing the sand and salt off behind a zinc sheet bring to life feelings of freshness, warmth, openness and freedom. The tactile quality of those moments, turning the old faucet and grabbing the hose while standing on a mix of stones, dirt and grass are thankfully hard to forget.

The outdoor shower provides an opportunity to use all kinds of materials, to loose control and let nature take over. They also become an inspiration for the way we design our bathrooms, so that our experience can be as rich and pleasant as all those times we washed outdoors.

Ducha Roja

Ducha El Pauji

Bamboo Shower

Bath with moss

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About today’s guest blogger: Esther Beke has been practicing Interior Design in NYC since 2003. She is currently working on her Masters in Industrial Design and is very much interested in humans’ relationships and interactions with surrounding objects and spaces.

STUNNING BATHROOM WALLS

Today’s post is provided courtesy of our fellow blogger Susi from Arcadian Lighting.  It is amazing how much impact an accent wall can bring into a bathroom.  Thank you Susi for this inspiring post and we hope for more to come!

Hi, I’m Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a great place to find inspiration for lighting projects. I’m very lucky to get to guest blog for amazing design blogs like Uniform Design about cool designs, light fixtures and decor. My guest post today is all about stunning bathroom walls. Bathroom walls need to be durable as well as decorative, so stone, tile and paint are great material choices. Here are four stunning bathroom walls to inspire you. Enjoy!

Bathroom Walls White Lighting Fixtures

Bathroom walls tend to be white to go with all white fixtures. This matte black wall offers a striking contrast instead. Stunning and dramatic.

Bathroom Walls

Shaped marble tiles can feel very contemporary when placed on the wall and not the floor. The grey and white marble tiles create a stunning pattern in this contemporary bath.

Stainless Steel Bathroom Walls

Shiny stainless steel tiles on the walls of this bath add a lovely reflective quality to the walls. The soft grey of the steel is a nice bridge between black and white elements in the room.

Natural Stone Bathroom Wall

Stunning slab of natural stone. Slabs of natural stone set as a backsplash or bookended to cover an entire wall make for stunning walls in the bathroom.

For more stunning bathroom walls and bathroom lighting ideas, feel free to stop on by at Arcadian Lighting Blog for more inspiration!

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