In the past, on Baller House, we’ve looked at bathtubs in various hues, colors and styles ranging from the absolutely trendy to the downright bizarre. We’ve seen blinged versions of tubs, hammock style tubs, baller versions; the list is certainly endless. If you’re still looking around the marketplace and haven’t yet zeroed in on one, here’s a Dutch version called The Badkast or bath cabinet by designer Anna Van Der Lei which was showcased at the Design Academy, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
In the words of the designer “A piece of furniture that can be placed wherever you like; a piece that is part of the house and living room. The Badkast is a combination of a bath and a closet. The bath represents the sauna where you clean yourself and the closet represents the dressing room”.
Inspired by the saunas and communal dressing chambers in Finland, the Badkast is a wooden closet style bathtub cabinet that is made from one single larch tree. At the bottom of the wooden closet is a bathtub. You can enjoy the wooden aroma while you take a relaxing soak and get clean. There are doors on the front and back side of the cabinet and a rail that hangs at a higher level over the bathing area, to hang clothes. Hang your clothes on the rails and allow your clothes to iron out in the steam. You can bathe and get dressed indoors or outdoors, thanks to the doors that can be shut for complete privacy.
The Badkast can be installed anywhere either indoors or outdoors using a flexible hose system for water flow and drainage. Don’t worry about the incompatible wood and water combo. The cabinet is watertight because of the custom made joints that expand with the wetness.
The Badkast boasts of a novel and interesting design. If you’ve been itching to bathe and get dressed outdoors, Badkast is the surefire way of doing it without sacrificing privacy. It is space saving, no doubt. However, it is most definitely not for the environment conscious ballers, especially if you start imagining the number of larch trees that will need to be felled to start manufacturing these on a large scale.
For more information and pictures, please visit Anna Van Der Lei’s website.