Instant Bathroom Upgrade: 3 Oversized, Statement-Making Bath Tubs

Several of the world's most prominent designers are taking cues from the past, transforming the tub into an everyday showpiece.

Photograph courtesy of each supplier.

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).

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Photograph courtesy of each supplier.

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.

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