Carbon fiber hammock-bathtub perfect for a sci-fi soak
Billed as "the ultimate vehicle for total escapism," the $34,000 Vessel is a sleek pod for relaxing off the ground.
My idea of the ultimate bathing experience is heading to an onsen hot spring in the mountains of Japan. But how would that compare to soaking while suspended in midair?
Vessel is a massive, deluxe hammock-style bathtub by Splinter Works of Britain.
Fashioned of shiny black carbon fiber, it looks like something from Neo's bathroom in "The Matrix." Climb in and you'll be floating in another world.
"The peaceful experience of kicking-back in a hammock has been further enhanced by combining it with the immersive comfort of soaking in a hot bath," writes Splinter Works, a design house specializing in limited-edition "sculptural furniture."
"By literally elevating the experience of bathing into a suspended sculpture the bathroom has been reinvented as a contemplative sanctuary for artful relaxation."
Nearly 9 feet long, with room for two, Vessel's layers of carbon fiber are wrapped around an insulating foam core that helps keep the bathwater warm.
Since it's bolted to the walls, it can't sway like a hammock, which would be fun if the water didn't slosh all over the place.
Vessel has minimalist plumbing fixtures--just a faucet and drain--and is also available red, blue, yellow, pink, bronze, and pure silver. The price: about $34,000 in a limited set of 12.
Don't even think of putting your rubber ducky in it.