Re-envisioning the Clawfoot Tub via Andrée Putman

We keep stumbling on brilliantina interior designer Andrée Putman‘s clever, simple, visionary plays on ordinary objects. Here she hacked a clawfoot tub way-before-her-time, by replacing the claw feet with giant balls to give the tub a completely “other” modern look. It retains the comforing depth, length and back-slope of the classic clawfoot.

Putman used this tub idea in a number of interiors, some times forging the balls out of marble or other stone. The premise is totally doable…

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…The claw feet of the classic tub are bolted on, and so can be unbolted (There’s lots of info and videos online.)  We once had 9-inch in diameter hard-wood balls made to do a similar thing with a kitchen island. WHY NOT buy or have stone hard wood balls made and afixed to a tub?

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What we love most is Putman’s thinking: she retained the beautiful lines and feel of the classic clawfoot tub and modernized it by changing the feet.

One Response to Re-envisioning the Clawfoot Tub via Andrée Putman

  1. Lee 05.09.2014 at 10:19am #

    I think those balls on the bottom of the tubs are really ugly. Looks like some kind of a cartoon bathtub with balloons and are not elegant at all.

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