Stand-Alone Baths of Distinction
Everyone alive today that has grown up in a developed country is familiar with bathrooms and bathtubs. After all, the need to bathe and wash oneself in privacy was the original reason for having a separate room, equipped accordingly, in which to do so.
Presently and undoubtedly well into the future, the most sought-after, popular baths are designed to stand alone or be freestanding, rather than being built in, as they were from about the second half of the 20th century, until relatively recently.
Nevertheless, the stand-alone bath concept isn’t at all new, although this is really difficult to believe once you’ve seen the incredibly beautiful freestanding bath designs that are on display at our premises in Lonehill, Johannesburg.
Annual Bathing and Partial Immersion
No doubt, you’ve read about bathing (or the lack of it on a frequent basis) during earlier centuries in the northern hemisphere. At one stage, commoners and the working classes took an annual bath, usually at the height of summer.
This practice gave rise to the popularity of June as the preferred month in which to marry, hence young maidens’ desire to be June brides. Typically, bathing took place in a stand-alone wooden washtub or large container that was capable of holding a substantial amount of water, but not large enough to allow the occupant’s entire body to be contained and immersed.
Sunken Swimming Pool Style
The earliest known tub for personal use was discovered on the island of Crete. It was constructed in a stand-alone pedestal style, of hardened pottery, measuring 1.5 metres in length. In ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian cultures, baths were sunken, somewhat resembling modern swimming or splash pools (public and personal baths, respectively).
Supported by Feet
In the 1880s, an American company produced and sold enamelled cast iron horse troughs, which could be used as bathtubs when equipped with legs. During the Victorian era, similar stand-alone tubs were produced, supported by claw feet.
Our freestanding baths also feature feet – six of them for additional support and stability, instead of the standard four. Looking at these luxurious, imported Italian designs, you’d never guess that they have feet, because they’re artfully concealed under the tub. However, the feet are essential; our baths weigh between 70kg and 130kg, due to their superior construction.
All our baths are made of three layers of acrylic that are fused into one solid, seamless and pristine piece. Within the structure, we’ve also incorporated aluminium foil that serves to retain heat for up to 40 minutes, increasing the bather’s pleasure, whilst reducing the need (and cost) of adding more hot water during a relaxing soak.
Our shapes include squared rectangles, ovals, egg-like lines and a round model. The first three shapes are available with broader or thinner edges, thin being a novel innovation. All models are supplied with pop-ups, bottle traps and overflows. The thin edged baths’ overflows are cleverly concealed, almost invisible, and were specially designed in order to be accommodated and functional in the narrow edge.
Italian Works of Art
A sculptor’s work of art is generally displayed separately, on a plinth. Why? In order to be viewed and appreciated from all perspectives, a sculpted artwork is best viewed when it stands alone – so too are our baths – masterpieces that display the essence and art of Italian design.