Design

The Reimagined Bathtub

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Deep-walled Japanese relaxation tubs, called ofurò, were once crafted from hinoki wood, but—big surprise—they're all made of plastic now. In homage to the old-school vessels, Italian architect Matteo Thun has designed a new one made entirely of renewable larch wood, right down to the plug. Left untreated, the material's not only softer and warmer to the touch than the ceramic you bathe in, but it smells good, too—like a sauna and a bathtub rolled into one.

($25,000, 212-548-5400; afnewyork.com)

—Monica Khemsurov

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