20 Perfectly Tranquil Bathtubs

Only one room in the house offers relaxation, aromatherapy, and soak-the-stress-away privacy—the bathroom. Here are 20 tranquil bathtubs to dream about sinking into (glass of wine optional, but recommended).




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After raising their three children in a typical painted-clapboard house on a double lot in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the owners decided to demolish it and build a modernist structure that better reflected their style. They engaged architects Kevin Toukoumidis and Robert McFadden of , who recommended  for the interior design—their fourth collaboration. Both firms share a progressive, contemporary spirit that appealed to the clients.

2. Hotel Alessandra is Houston-Based Rottet Studio's First Hometown Project

 has designed hotels all over, but none in Houston, where Lauren Rottet’s roots run deep—her firm has been headquartered there for more than a decade. None, that is, until now. , a 21-story ground-up property done in collaboration with , is the Wifijerez Hall of Fame member’s hospitality debut in the city. In a stan­dard guest room, an acrylic tub outfits the bathroom. Read more about the hotel

3. Los Angeles Residence by Standard Architecture Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Kitchen/Bath Project

Designed in the 1920s by noted architect Roland Coate, this tony Bel-Air residence had seen better days. 's founding principal Jeffrey Allsbrook and partner Silvia Kuhle stripped away excess inside and out to create a minimalist, abstracted take on neoclassical design. Namibian marble clads the wet zone of the upstairs master bathroom, one of a pair. The stone’s quiet veining creates a pleasingly neutral backdrop—all the better to soak in the surrounding greenery through the frameless picture window. Read more about the residence

4. Hilltop Aerie by Aidlin Darling Design Provides Respite in Northern California

Two San Francisco denizens working in finance and tech came to  with a straightforward proposition. Create a simple, efficient house, restrained in cost and scale, for their empty hillside site in Glen Ellen, about an hour north of the city. The couple’s only imperative? A single-story plan. Off a winding dirt road, the 20-acre property is at the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking the Sonoma Valley. Read more about the residence

5. Gulla Jónsdóttir’s Global Sensibilities Define the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in Los Angeles

 is the jewel in  crown, a 65,000-square-foot property in L.A. “It’s the first ground-up hotel in West Hollywood’s design district,” Jónsdóttir says. She was creative director for and designer of the four-story project’s 105 guest rooms and suites, alfresco lounges, and vast living-roomlike lobby. Read more about the hotel

6. Rottet Studio Brings Texas Tradition to the Cavalry Court Hotel

Decidedly tied to place, not only the university but also the agricultural surroundings, the aesthetic of Cavalry Court Hotel skews rustic with honest, straightforward materials and forms. Yet, typical , it’s still polished. And we couldn’t call it traditional. Her scheme is devised to appeal to a wide-reaching demographic, from visiting alumni to business travelers and locals. A guest bathroom’s custom vanity combines matte granite, blackened steel, and pine. Read more about the hotel

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The archetypical Brooklyn brownstone is a study in verticality, with a few stories of narrow corridors and dark rooms piled atop each other. However, when the local  got the chance to reprogram a gem from the 1920s into a 5-unit apartment building, they decided on a different direction: horizontal. In the master bath, a custom teak and limestone vanity supports a Duravit sink and Watermark faucet; behind the MTI soaker bathtub is a wall of Stone Source’s chiseled limestone.

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The owners of an early 19th-century townhouse in the historic London neighborhood of Clerkenwell knew it needed a bit of an overhaul. So, they turned to  to breathe new life into the home and make it fit for entertaining. Specialist craftsmen restored or replaced heritage cornices and ceiling roses that weren’t in the best condition.

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It’s one thing to live with art. But to live submerged in it—as do the owners of this Sag Harbor, New York, getaway—requires a whole other level of connoisseurship and commitment, not to mention a rather prolific collection. “The project’s biggest challenge,” says  principal Russell Groves, who masterminded the interiors, “was marrying the very forward art with the traditional envelope.” Linac marble clads the master bathroom, with blackened-steel mirrors.

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A client of , the mother of three college-aged kids, needed a new home. But she didn’t need a new house: Her mid-century abode on a charming slope in Marin County, California, was a gem. It just needed a rethink. New skylights flood the master bathroom’s walls of blue Heath Ceramics tiles and varying widths of gray Mosa Porcelain which surround a Toto bathtub with Vola fixtures.

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Paris-based interior architecture firm Rinck describes themselves an “ambassador of French lifestyle.” Founded in 1841 by a cabinetmaker, the firm has divisions that specialize in cabinet-making and boiserie, which can speed up their projects. For example, the firm completed a Paris apartment with views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine in just six months.

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Asked to combine a pair of New York condominium apartments into one investment property,  eschewed the inoffensive but lifeless aesthetic common to most developer units. “The client wanted a customized interior with a rich feel,” says design principal Karen Asprea, so the firm gave him a penthouse with a lot of personality. A tub set under the window permits panoramic city views while soaking.

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After 30 years in Vermont, and , the architect and interior designer behind some of New York’s hippest lifestyle hotels wanted to move a little closer to the city. They found their ideal location in Lyme, Connecticut, on one of the area’s last pieces of undeveloped land. For Jacobs, the stately cedar and stone house they built was not only a home but also a working model of the sustainability practices he had long advocated, a concrete demonstration for potential clients of the economic and environmental advantages of green design.

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An accent wall is one thing, but for a 2,200-square-foot apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, designer  devised full accent rooms, devoting each area to a study in shades—from a master bedroom in a bold purple to bathrooms of red, green, or blue.

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This renovation of an 1853 row-house was for a dream client: a New York–based family who gave the studio carte blanche to design the project as if it were their own. Now it’s a crash pad for the family when they’re in town and an event space for the studio when they’re not. In the master bath, formerly a porch, vanity mirrors are mounted on windows painted Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green.

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With its superior location and stunning harbor vista, the residential development One Shenzhen Bay attracts sophisticated buyers and investors. , a Hong Kong firm known for high-end luxury, was the clear choice to execute an appropriately upscale model apartment. Like yin and yang, dark colors contrast with light, and warm tones with cool.

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For many years, the New York–based couple had enjoyed weekending in a traditional Shingle-style residence in the Hamptons. But their kids had grown and flown the coop, leaving the empty nesters feeling encumbered by the big, echoey place. So the pair hired  to design a new house on a cove in East Hampton. Instead, the firm designed four. Well, not four houses exactly, but rather a quartet of cedar-clad buildings around an open courtyard, creating a compound that perfectly suits the couple’s life.

18. Studio GUM’s Asmundo di Gisira Hotel Is Awash in Catania Lore

 co-founders Valentina Giampiccolo and Giuseppe Minaldi simultaneously respected history and looked to the future for this hotel in Catania, Sicily. Demolition and construction were minimal, focused on enclosing the courtyard with a skylight, adding en suite bathrooms, and installing herringbone parquet in ebonized oak. Read more about the hotel

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Tasked with refreshing this four-bedroom pied-à-terre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, combined chromatic restraint with a touch of Coleman's old flamboyance. The clients were looking for a luxury kitchen, great kids’ bedrooms, and the latest smart-home features (something the tech-savvy designer was pleased to provide) as essential elements in rejuvenating the tired 1980s apartment.

20. Lagranja Design Brings Beachy Grandeur to Spain’s ME Sitges Terramar Hotel

Regional craftsmanship was the thrust of the  outside of Barcelona, Spain, a project by . Lagranja’s challenge was to bring grandeur back to the rundown seaside relic, its 10 floors housing 213 guest rooms and suites. At the firm’s nearby studio, a 19th-century former biscuit factory, model-makers, artists, and local artisans developed the decorative elements that would accompany the project’s myriad furniture pieces, both custom and production. Read more about the hotel

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