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Traditional Japanese Soaking Tubs

Our “Ofuro” design company is based in Japan and exports hinoki ofuro (Japanese wooden bathtubs) all over the world. We sell directly from maker to end-user, and have delivered over 300 units since 2003.We specialize in the design and manufacture of genuine Japanese soaking tubs, ofuro – made in Japan by our trusted craftsmen from sustainably harvested indigenous Japanese wood. For almost twenty years we have exported our tubs to residential homes, individuals and architects, as well as to commercial properties such as spas and hotels. We look forward to designing an ofuro tub for you.
All of our ofuro are custom-made and made to order. We have two standard tubs which we try to keep in stock.  If you need an ofuro in a hurry, these are your best option with a choice of just two sizes.
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Ofuro for Commercial, Home, Outlet etc

Commercial

We are proud to supply genuine Japanese ofuro for commercial projects such as hotels, wellness centers, spas etc. Our founder is a licenced architect who speaks Italian, English and Japanese. Please do not hesitate to contact us if your client is dreaming of a Japanese onsen in their commercial establishment.
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1) Materials used are Hinoki B grade (small knots), Koyamaki (Knotty) Asnaro wood and Sawara (for barrel type tubs.) We strive to provide the best prices while remaining faithful to our concept: only old growth lumber from the Kiso Valley or Aomori prefecture. No imported wood or man planted lumber is used for the tubs.
2) In the case of orders for multiple tubs, we can ship in full load containers thus reducing the shipping cost.
3) The tubs are pre-assembled but in case of necessity, we can send a carpenter on site to assist with the installation.
4) We can supply accessories such as stools, buckets, duckboards and lumber for millwork to match the ofuros.
* Note: essences of the hinoki family cannot be used in saunas as their aromatic oil content would be released in large quantities and would cause eye irritation. Please contact us for more information and alternative suggestions.

Custom made

All our ofuros are custommade (after we receive an order). We do not carry stock for three reasons:
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  • 1) the ofuros are handmade to your specifications so there is little merit to producing them in series.
  • 2) producing unconfirmed standard tubs would increase our stock risk which would affect the prices of the products.
  • 3) Last but most important: YES, we can build a tub that matches exactly your space (to the millimeter) and of course your taste and needs.

Of course you can customize the design and add options.

Outlet

From time to time we may have some tubs readymade and ready to ship for the following reasons:
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  • 1) The client changed their mind during construction and order a different shape/size. They asked us to resell the unwanted tub (with a discount)
  • 2) We used the tub for a mockup, for a demonstration or a photoshoot
  • 3) We had a small lot of material just enough for this tub and we built it in the spare time between orders
In all the cases above the tubs are not second-hand and do not have defects or problems.
If you are lucky that a readily available tub matches your requirements/sizes, go for it. You are saving from 15% to 30% on regular prices! (Any outlet baths we have are quickly snapped up so make sure you let us know the moment you see it, if you are interested, but understand they are sold on a first-come, first-served basis).
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Hinoki means literally "tree of fire" as it was used antically to spark a fire, thanks to its dry nature. As hinoki has an excellent dimensional stability and durability, it has been since ever the first choice when it comes to the bearing structure of a house. Still today hinoki is widely used in construction, expecially for the parts which are connected with the "life and soul" of the building: columns and foundations. The grain is very compact and prevents the penetration of insects. Please find more details in the introductory pages.
Consider that straight hinoki is the most beautiful because of white-pink color and elegant grain. On the other hand its candity will show earlier the signs of time and of use.
When our clients are in doubt, we recommend Asnaro wood. Its color is a warm straw-color and any stain, scrath will be less visible. Asnaro is also the most resistant against thermites. Lastly, if you like the knotless look but want to find a cheaper alternative, Asnaro wood is actually available only in the knotless variety. (Note that Asnaro is cross-grained cut and not straight-grained cut like hinoki)
For your reference, common sizes(*) are:

We can build any size as per your specification at no extra cost, please inquire.
S1) 0900L x 0700W x 690H
S2) 1000L x 0700W x 690H
S3) 1100L x 0700W x 690H
S4) 1200L x 0750W x 660H
S5) 1300L x 0750W x 660H
M6) 1400L x 0750W x 666H
M7) 1500L x 0750W x 616H
L8) 1800L x 1000W x 616H
R9) 1400φ x 750H

(*) sizes (mm) are external
To inquire about your custom-made ofuro please fill out the contact form below or email us.
TATAMI
We also supplied
tatami finished with natural “igusa” straw. Enjoy the sweet aroma of tatami and their slow discolouration from green to light tobacco color. The inside of the tatami is not the traditional thickly packed straw but rather a sandwich of plywood and styrofoam. This is not the most authentic tatami construction but is now used in 95% of tatami rooms in Japan, including temples and heritage buildings. It does not sag over time and prevents the insurgence of mould and insects.
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SHOJI DOORS
Shoji doors are light screens made of thin lists of wood on which is applied a sheet of rice paper. They are usually sliding doors and are often used in number of 4 pieces to create a “translucent wall” that can be opened as needed from the sides or from the center.
PRICES:
We will make a detailed quotation, anyway consider about £300-£500 (+ shipping fee) per door including the rice paper.

MATERIAL:
Usually shoji are made of sugi-wood (japanese fir), appreciated for its soft but graphic grain and dimensional stability. We can also build shoji in hinoki but be advices that the rice paper tends to detach more easily.
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We are doing our best to help everyone who asks, so, please, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us using the contact form or by sending us an email. We are looking forward to hear from you.
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Architalia LTD was founded by the Architect Paolo Lodi. After his numerous experiences worldwide he decided to found Architalia LTD as an Architectural and International Estate company in London. In June 2019 moved to the new location in Rome, Italy

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