All by Myself: The Singular Glamour of Stand-Alone Bathtubs

One of the surest ways to raise the glamour quotient in any bathroom is by installing a stand-alone tub. Here are four recent bathroom by Designers Collaborative members, each project getting a shot of sybaritic adrenalin thanks to the use of a free-standing tub.

Custom concrete stand-alone tub in Catskill Mountains bathroom by Tim Button

Tim Button: We designed this custom cast-concrete stand-alone tub for a country retreat in the Catskills. A stairway curves up to the bathroom from the rear entrance of the lodge, so the owners can come in from a day’s hunting or skiing, take off their outdoor gear, and go straight up to soak in the tub, which has fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. 

Stand-alone tub in a Palm Beach bathroom by Bruce Bierman

Bruce Bierman: We used a free-standing tub by Duravit in this Palm Beach bathroom. Behind it, there’s a large shower enclosed in frosted glass with a clear panel at eye level; the shower wall is lined with Ann Sacks mosaic tile, while the bathroom floor is wood.

Dornbracht stand-alone stone tub in a bathroom by Glenn Gissler

Glenn Gissler: A Westchester, New York, bathroom gets a tailored, masculine treatment with a custom solid-stone tub from Advent Design and classic polished chrome “Tara” fittings by Dornbracht. A carved marble side table from Odegard sits on a floor of “Siena Silver” travertine field tiles by Walker Zanger to complete the look of understated elegance. 

Stand-alone tub in an East Hampton bathroom by Tim Button

Tim Button: To take advantage of the marvelous ocean view, we built a platform for the stand-alone tub under the window at one end of this rambling East Hampton bathroom. The vintage footed tub, which came from Urban Archaeology, is purported to have belonged to Helena Rubinstein–and that’s about as glamorous as it gets!