Designer    Feature 31 Jul 2013

Vessel Bath Tub: The carbon fibre hammock bath made for ultimate relaxation

Combining the shape of a hammock with the ultimate relaxation of the bath, furniture design studio Splinter Works has created the Vessel bathtub.

Designed for use in a wet room, Vessel is suspended from the walls and hangs above the floor. It is fixed with stainless steel brackets that can either be covered up or left revealed. The bath is filled using a floor-standing tap and the waste water released through the base into a floor drain. A downpipe drain can also be installed if a wet room setting is not possible.

Vessel is made from carbon fibre which is utilised for its inherent strength and ability to be formed into complex curves. The weave of the fabric also references the cloth of a typical hammock. Beneath the layers of carbon fibre lies a foam core, which insulates the tub, meaning the bath stays hot for longer than normal.

Miles Hartwell, Co-founder of Splinter Works, said: “Struck by the synergy between the shapes of two compelling symbols of relaxation, a hammock and a bath tub, we were inspired to develop a piece that would provide the ultimate vehicle for total escapism.”

At 2.7m long, Vessel is longer than a regular bathtub. Custom sizes are available but it is also designed so that it can be trimmed up to 20cm to allow for flexible installation. Pictured in black, it is also available in red, blue, yellow, pink, bronze and pure silver.