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Made from two layers of carbon fibre, with a foam core sandwiched between them for insulation to keep the water warm for longer, the Vessel from UK-based design firm Splinter Works is one of the most interesting bath tubs I’ve ever come across.

Designed for use in a wet room, and filled using a floor standing tap with the waste water released through the base into a floor drain, it is suspended from the walls and does not touch the floor at all. Yes, this is a bath that is also a hammock.

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things. He spends much of his time probing current trends in an attempt to determine which technologies are going to define our future.



  1. Steve G. says:

    Wow, adding naked human flesh with a super smooth curved bathtub surface, water, concrete everywhere, and the inherent difficulty of getting into a hammock. At least it will be easy to clean up blood and brains in that bathroom.

    1. Trav says:

      I think getting in would be easy. It’s the getting back out that that looks painful. At least with a hammock you can put your legs over the side and it will swing. This looks like you have to roll onto your knees, swing one leg over, and hope you don’t slip….

      One last thing I noticed is the drain is right under your butt. I bet that is comfortable to sit on.


      1. Steve G. says:

        You are so right, and I didn’t even think about the drain. Dear god I don’t even want to think about what you could get caught in that when sliding down to get comfortable.

  2. Dave says:

    Well, at least this hammock doesn’t flip over when you get in!
    But I can imagine huge tensile loads on the ends! Will take some serious wall support…

    1. kurtroedeger says:

      It will definitely take some heavy wall support, but if the tub itself is rigid, the weight will be pushing straight down at the walls, not pulling the walls in toward the center of the tub. It looks like some decent size bolts anchored into concrete and that can handle the compression force pushing down from the tub filled with water and a person.

  3. Peterkins says:

    No one has mentioned the eco advantages. Though this tub uses precious little water it does mean, unlike a shower, you’re laying around in potentially quite dirty water so you’d need a shower to rinse-off after.