In Roman times, society pivoted around the bath. Now several of the world's most prominent designers are taking cues from the past, transforming the tub into an everyday showpiece.
Milan-based Carlo Colombo crafted a stripped-down riff on the classic claw-foot for the Italian brand Teuco ($11,330; teuco .com). His design, made of Duralight (pictured below), a highly resistant acrylic composite, is a study in elegant restraint, brought to life in the bold wash of red seen above (though black and striped versions are also available).
From left: Caroma; Studio MK27
In a recent collaboration with Australian manufacturer Caroma, Marc Newson fashioned this luxuriously deep white ceramic soaker ($5,500; caroma.com)—which comes in at over 23 inches; the industry standard is 14 or 15—characterized by a bassinet shape and black feet. Brazil's Studio MK27 (agapedesign .it) created its DR tub with an undulating silhouette and a pale veneer (teak or oak, your call) that has a Zen, spalike vibe. The model, coming in June, is big enough for two—if you're willing to share, that is.