On My Radar: The Bathboat


This post will cause my friends to smile because I have quite a reputation as an advocate of warm luxurious baths in the great outdoors. There’s simply nothing like feeling balmy breezes waft across the skin while bathing, whether it’s showering or soaking in a tub. When I came across this bathtub designed in the form of a beautifully crafted boat, I couldn’t resist sharing it. It’s called “Bathboat” and it was designed by Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg of Studio Wieki Somers, a Rotterdam-based design firm that has works in a number of impressive collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.Bathboat-by-Wieki-Somers-4

It isn’t an accident I came across this lovely bathing vessel just after I moved to a beautiful spot in Coastal Maine that happens to still be a hotbed of the boat-building trade, an industry that deserves recognition, I believe. Doesn’t the first image make you want to dive right into this amazing tub? I can imagine it in an all white bathroom with a sky-blue ceiling. This design-scheme would make taking an indoor bath feel like a nature-infused experience, don’t you think? In my book, it’s all about the experiential whether the subject is design, entertaining or sitting down to a delicious meal. Why should spending time rejuvenating ourselves in water be any different?