The Restorative Respite
After material and finish, the next challenge we set before ourselves was design. Times have certainly changed since the original clawfoot tub was introduced 250 years ago. Humans have gotten larger, but arguably more important than this is that tastes have changed. Bathtubs used to simply be a fixture to contain water for bathing. But as the rat race has consumed most of us, the desire and use of a stand-alone bathtubs has emerged as less of a fixture for cleaning and grooming, and more as a retreat from the exterior world.
Accordingly, our goal at company inception was to create a true luxury item that goes beyond exterior beauty. The experience should be a restorative respite, something that tantalizes and exposes our inner beauty.
TOTAL IMMERSE: EXTRA WIDTH WHERE IT MATTERS
A luxurious bathing experience begins with more room, and in particular, more side-to-side room. But to simply increase the width of the tub by ~2" increases the amount of water required to fill the tub by more than one might expect. Further, as we tested various designs we found that extra room isn't really needed at the shoulders... it's needed down where the tush is!
So that's what we did. By straightening the side walls out, we were able to add an extra 2" at the basin floor without changing the overall width of tub, and without significantly increasing the amount of water (and time) required to fill the tub.
TOTAL IMMERSE: Sit back and Relax
As simple as it may seem, you might be surprised how many tubs on the market are uncomfortable to lie in. In nearly every sample we tested, and in our subsequent designing phase, we found that more often than not, the reason tubs are uncomfortable is because the back-rest is too vertical. Total Immerse tubs therefore have a more-gentle, rolled-in slope designed into the tub. To keep the same overall length of tub, this means slightly less leg room, but trust us... it's worth it!