Steal This Look: Japanese-Inspired Bathroom, Soaking Tub Included
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Our all-time favorite Japanese-inspired bath? This compact, spa-like bathing space in the Hughes/Kinugawa house in Auckland, New Zealand, by architect Andrew Lister . Recreate the look with the following elements: Above: A vintage Noren entry hanging textile adds a dash of color in the Hughes/Kinugawa house . For something similar, visit Cloth & Goods in Portland, OR (we'd choose a Table Runner from husband wife designers Rowland & Ricketts , who use historical Japanese techniques that are entirely organic and sustainable). Photo by Richard Powers . Above: A simple utility sink is mounted on a wooden shelf. Photo by Rachael Smith for The Telegraph . Above: American Standard's Country Kitchen Sink is made of durable vitreous china; $666.99 at Vintage Tub and Bath. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Utility Sinks . Above: Perhaps the most handsome towel warmer we've seen: the Universal Towel Warmer from Waterworks; prices start at $1,664 for the nickel model. Above: When bathing in the local bath house was common practice, bathers would don a yukata and carry a bucket filled with their soap, shampoo, and washcloth. This Japanese Bath Bucket is made from cypress; $63 from Goods from Japan. The Hinoki Bath Stool , produced by a wood craft studio in mountainous Kiso, Japan, is $170 CA at Mjölk in Toronto. Above: Cotton shirt stripe Yoshii Bath Towels , made in Japan of a special ultra-lightweight cotton, are $61 each from Rikumo. Above L: The Hinoki Wood Soap Dish is $20 from Spartan. Above R: The Binchotan Scrub Towel contains charcoal said to have myriad therapeutic benefits; $18 at Terrain. Above: Based in the Northern California town of Petaluma, Sonoma Forge makes rough-hewn, industrial-looking fixtures and fittings for the modern bath; the Short Deck Mount Waterbridge Lav Faucet has a 2.25-inch spout height and an 8-inch center spread; $1,440. Go to Sonoma Forge for dealer information. Above: The Rectangular Hinoki Bath by Oxfordshire-based Indigenous Tiles is available with either straight or sloped ends. For something similar, consider a Japanese Ofuro Bath from Sea Otter Woodworks in Haines, Maine. Another good source is Tokyo-based Bartok Designs , founded by Italian architect Iacopo Torrini, who produces custom tubs and ships worldwide. Want to learn the secrets of Japanese bathing? Remodelista's Sarah Lonsdale lived in Japan for 10 years; read her post How to Bathe Japanese Style for ideas. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 5, 2013.