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Ten Terrific Tubs

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Last week, I wrote about bathtubs in history. This week, let's take a look at modern bathtubs that come in an amazing range of styles. And prices.

1. Illuminated Tub

The LTT illuminated bathtub by Jan Puylaert is a work of art, but it's also a functional  tub you can have in your bathroom for $1,499.00. The models with halogen lights are available in orange, yellow, pink, red, and white. Strange that it's pictured in green. Oh, and for an extra $1,000, you can get programmable multicolored LED lights.

2. Mobile Tub

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Swedish designer Marie-Loise Gustafsson created this mobile bathtub for those who want a change of scenery when bathing. The tub us made from laminated fiberglass, and the front wheel swivels for steering. You'll have to fill it from some other faucet. Interior art by Elin Melberg.

3. Wooden Tub

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I can't really wrap my mind around how a wooden tub will last over time, but there are plenty of wooden tub designs for sale. This Danish tub by Teak Tubs is made of teak wood treated with linseed oil.

4. Glass Tub

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The Glass Tub is made of glass and stainless steel. The product page tells us that each unit is inspected for five hours with a magnifying glass. I would love to interview the person who has that job! Right now, this tub is on sale for half price, just $3,199.00.

5. Sunken Tub

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Ah, the cache of a sunken tub! The Sorgente Bathtub from the Italian company Teuco implies luxury because of the space that must be allotted underneath the floor. A household with children and pets might have a free-for-all sliding across the floor into it!

6. Amethyst Tub

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Italy takes bathing seriously. I found the finest luxury bathtubs at several Italian companies. There are plenty of fine expensive stone tubs made of granite and marble, but this one is pure amethyst! The Amaltea bathtub by Baldi will cost you $190,000. Then there's shipping.

7. Pod Tub

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From yet another Italian company comes the Jacuzzi Morphosis Alpha. This two-person tub features hydrotherapy and hydromassage, meaning water jets. The arch that runs over it has lights, but no shower.

8. Bathtub Sofa

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This is not exactly a tub. OK, it is, but it's used as a sofa, since it won't hold water in its current incarnation. Upholstery and pillows are included. Flavor Design makes these from antique tubs, so no two are alike.

9. Waterbirth Vessel

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The item that inspired this post is not exactly available to the public. The Waterbirth Vessel is a conceptual specialty tub designed for obstetric wards for women to occupy during labor and delivery. It's a part of an entire birthing suite for hospitals. The tub, er, I mean vessel features an adjustable seat, grab bars, programmable water jets, and a jump seat for daddy. Designed by the group Darling Dushinka S.Gonzalez-Duskin.

10. Antique Tub

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My dream bathtub is still the classic porcelain-glazed cast iron clawfoot tub, which I still don't have. But someday!

See also: Notable Bathtubs in History
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Curating a Pinterest board is often more fun—and always less expensive—than filling a space with actual furniture. Now, there’s a new tool from West Elm designed to put your time spent pinning decor ideas to practical use. As Fast Company reports, the home retail brand’s Pinterest Style Finder uses an AI algorithm to recommend furnishings that best suit your tastes.

Users start by pasting the URL of a Pinterest board they love, whether it’s their own or someone else’s, into the web tool. Then, they select a category of furnishings to browse through, such as bedroom, kitchen, or office.

That’s when the AI gets to work: A neural network powered by the startup Clarifai analyzes the images and finds products in West Elm’s catalogue that match the style. If you input a board of boho-chic furniture, for example, the tool brings up reclaimed wood nightstands and funky quilts. Search for products related to your vintage kitchen board and you’ll get retro stools and mid-century bar carts.

Of course, the results are limited to what’s in the retailer’s inventory, so if you would never shop at West Elm to begin with this may not be the tool for you. If you'd rather pick out furniture the old-fashioned way, here are some neural network-free design tips to follow.

[h/t Fast Company]

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When you're just starting out in a new apartment in a new place, compromising on furniture quality can be tempting. But shopping for flea-bitten sofas on Craigslist isn't the only way to find stuff you won't mind parting with once your lease is up. As The Verge reports, Feather is a startup that rents out chic furniture at reasonable prices.

The service, only available in New York and San Francisco for now, is geared toward Millennials, a generation that tends to choose renting over homeownership. Whether they're working gig-to-gig or jumping between sublets or cities, the lives of many twentysomethings are in a state of flux. Feather offers furniture choices that are as flexible as their customers' living situations.

"Maybe you want to furnish an entire apartment with your new roommates," the company's website reads. "Maybe you're testing out a new city and aren't ready to commit to staying … With Feather, you can have furniture there when you need and gone when you don't."

Unlike some rental services, Feather makes their products affordable without sacrificing style. Farmhouse dressers, tufted love-seats, and upholstered bed frames can all be rented for less than $50 a month. All Feather furnishings must be rented for a minimum period of three months and include a $99 delivery fee, a $99 pickup fee, and a $99 deposit (so if West Elm is having a sale, it may be a better bet after all for smaller items). And if you do decide to leave your apartment to move to a new city or travel the world, canceling your furniture lease is always an option.

[h/t The Verge]

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