It was by climbing into the luxurious-looking tub at friends newly renovated brownstone that I identified a design-flaw that I’ve since seen repeated over and over again in shelter sites and magazines: A nice deep tub would be set into a surround of beautiful stone which would form an elegant finish around its edge.
One of the ways I figured out design elements in my Laboratory renovation was by actually testing them out: FEELING how a doorknob or handle felt in my hand, unabashedly sitting on toilets or climbing into bathtubs displayed on showroom floor to figure out what was most comfortable, workable, the right height etc.
It is possible for a tub to be too deep to be comfortable (it depends where your neck hits the lip), and believe-it-or-not, too long. With a really long tub, you have nothing to push your feet against to stop you from sliding down. Who knew? And don’t get me started about the angle of the slope…
I have often wondered if I could offer a service to designers: reality-check their fab designs. (And this isn’t to say I didn’t make PLENTY of mistakes in the Laboratory’s renovation.)
Coming soon: a bathtub-obsessed renovator’s search for the perfect 5-foot alcove tub and how she made it REALLY comfortable.
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garden in the shower + a moss bathmat
liberating wall-hung sink plumbing (+ a before-and-after)
annals of bad design? seating facing away from the view
annals of bad design: mirrored credenza?