These bathtub “sculptures” are practical works of art. They’re sustainable, non-toxic, better insulated, and built to last for life.
A former boat builder has transferred his skill to the design of unbelievably beautiful bathtubs.
“My history is in traditional wooden boats, so we have a background in wood and water mixing together,” Seattle-based artist and designer Nathie Katzoff says in the video below:
Each of his bathtub masterpieces are handcrafted from sustainable domestic and exotic hardwoods and then sealed with a specialized finish that makes them shiny, smooth and waterproof.
“Why wood? It is not petroleum-based, casted or a refined product that involves massive amounts of energy to create,” Katz tells Iconic Life magazine.
“Wood comes from the Earth, and if it is harvested and treated appropriately, it will last to forever.”
“We use FSC-certified hardwoods and have done lots of recycling and reclaiming of local trees for much of our work. At the end of the day, beautiful and timeless pieces are the most sustainable, because when they go out of style, they don’t end up in a waste pile.”
The tubs are maintenance-free and unaffected by humidity, dryness, or common cleaning products, according to his website NKWoodworking.com.
And because wood insulates better than metal or porcelain, the tubs keep the water hot longer.
Katz’ custom pieces start at around $30,000. If you don’t have that kind of money but like the idea of a wood tub, here’s a less expensive option: