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I think one of my favorites from Milano Salone so far is renowned graphic designer Kenya Hara’s installation for LIXIL, a supplier of architectural and housing products. Focusing on water, the exhibition showcased a striking and symbolic new bathtub that uses a unique technology to create fine, velvety foam that looks yummy enough to eat. No – this is not your typical bubble bath.

I love the shape of this bath, which incorporates the look of overflowing suds into the design. This is the most satisfying, round, bulbous, voluptuous bathtub I have ever seen.

In Japan, the bathtub is more than just a part of the bathroom where you wash away grime and dirt. It’s a place where people go to relax their mind and soul. LIXIL’s new bathtub uses air, hot water and a special foaming agent that, unlike typical soap suds, is so unabrasive (I know, that’s not a word) you can theoretically soak in them for as long as you like. But the foam isn’t only for pleasure. It forms a thick layer, insulating the water and preventing steam from escaping. Not that anyone would want to, but you can even put your tub in your moisture-sensitive library.

This post is part of our review of the 2012 Milano Salone del Mobile. All posts will be archived in 1 convenient place.

Source: Lixil