A woven basket-like bathtub may seem like an ineffective solution for a product that is supposed to hold water. Yet designer Tal Engel looked to the traditional basket boats of Vietnam for his inspiration. He says, “The great amounts of honesty and poetry existing in these floating baskets have inspired me to design a new bathtub concept.”
He imagined the bathtub to be an inside-out version of a boat — instead of a boat keeping the water out in order to remain afloat, a bathtub contains the water inside its form. Engel created this bathtub design using pressed wooden veneer that has been coated in order to make it water resistant. It was then woven into a boat-like form and suspended within a steel frame.