Otaku bathtub by Tal Engel

Otaku’s design attempts to draw a portrait of a special relationship between our body and water.

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Otaku is a bathtub designed by Tal Engel, realized as a final degree project in the University of the Arts, Berlin, and exposed in Cologne design Fair. Inspired by traditional asian boat building techniques, Otaku is made of a pressed woven veneer sheet and a steel frame. The pressed surface is coated with a polymeric material which allows water resistance and structural strength to carry heavy weights.

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Engel’s design philosopphy suggests to define the fields of objects, interiors and furniture design as unique plataforms to form ideas, wich might have a significant impact on peoples way of living.

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This project emphasizes on a unique relation between sailing and bathing – as states of mind, and between the boat and the bathtub as functional entities. This concept formulates an almost paradoxical analogy, from-which the ‘inside-out’ theory had emerged; the concept of washing in a bathtub is completely the opposite from the concept of floating in a boat – the inside becomes the outside. Hence, the ‘outside’ of the boat became the ‘inside’ of the bath. Based on this notion and by using a language of craft and industry, Otaku’s design attempts to draw a portrait of a special relationship between our body and water.

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