For many, the hustle and bustle of every day life can be stressful. To help take the edge off of the pressures of a long day I often retreat to my bathroom for a relaxing soak. With this in mind, I have been researching soaking tubs for a new client (who is quite tall, creating even more of a challenge) – sitting in each one to get a feel of them before presenting to the client.  Being a luxurious interior designer in Los Angeles means more than choosing furniture and placing it in the right spot, it means researching every detail – especially when creating a spa-like sanctuary for my clients to de-stress at the end of the day. It is an important step in the process and I have come across many interesting freestanding tubs in the past week.

Freestanding bathtubs have found their way into high-end interior design and are replacing the Jacuzzis and sunken garden tubs that were ever-present in design a few years ago. These soaking tubs forego the noise of bubbling jets to provide a deep, quiet soak to further relax the body and calm the mind.

Clothilde_Waterworks_freestanding bathtub

The Clothilde Copper Freestanding Bathtub from Waterworks is rooted in the high sloping French copper tubs of the 19th century. Its grand scale adds an extended level of luxuriousness.


The organic lines of the Abrazo acrylic tub from Kohler offer a sculptural focal point for the contemporary bathroom.

Freestanding Bathtub by Prodigg

The soft lines of the signature Egg Freestanding Bathtub by Prodigg create a contemporary feel that can be incorporated into many interior design styles. Here you see it sitting atop a wood and acrylic pedastal which is covered by a material that can look like natural gravel or sand, adding a charming touch.

Blue Moon Freestanding Bathtub

The unique Blue Moon soaking tub by Duravit truly brings in a spa-like feeling. It is designed to immerse ones self completely in water that is softly lit by dim light, giving the pleasant feeling of weightlessness. I can see this in a Beverly Hills estate overlooking the amazing ocean and city views.

Waterworks tub

Lastly is another soaking tub from Waterworks, the Empire Freestanding Bathtub. The Empire brings a touch of luxurious vintage European flavor to traditional interior design settings.

What do you think turns an ordinary bathroom into a spa-like retreat? Is it the soaking tub, the flooring, or maybe the plush monogrammed towels? As always, I’d love to hear your opinions!