If you've ever lounged in a hammock and wished it doubled as a bathtub, Vessel by Splinter Works should probably be your next bathroom addition. While the shallow tub doesn't look like something meant for full body submersion, the attractive hammock design certainly makes for a great centerpiece. Splinter designed it to give the bather the "ultimate vehicle for escapism" and if you have a nice outdoor area to install it — maybe overlooking a canyon — I can see what they mean.
"By literally elevating the experience of bathing into a suspended sculpture the bathroom has been reinvented as a contemplative sanctuary for artful relaxation," the company states. The tub is attached to the walls with stainless steel brackets, which can be covered if you want a more streamline look. The water is poured in through a standing faucet and released through the base of the tub. Vessel was crafted with a wet room in mind, making splashing irrelevant, and is meant to hang over a floor drain. If you don't have a wet room, you can install a downpipe drain instead but that would certainly take away from the hammock concept.
Vessel is made from carbon fiber, which is known for its strength, and the surface features a weaved pattern that is meant to resemble that of an actual fabric hammock. Within the tub is a foam core for insulation, helping the water stay warmer longer than you'd find in a more traditional bath. Though Vessel is 2.7m long (around eight feet), the flexible design allows you to shorten it up to 20 cm for installation in smaller spaces. Available in red, black, blue, yellow, pink, bronze, and pure silver, Splinter Works has yet to release a retail price, but you can bet on this dual-use hammock being pricey.
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