Chef and Arne Showcased in INTERIOR DESIGN & DESIGN MILK

Chef collection, the whimsical kitchen-meets-bathroom designs by Marco Merendi for RAPSEL, are featured in July’s INTERIOR DESIGN. The sink and accessory collection is made of stainless steel, and comes in natural, yellow, orange and green finishes.

Candice Olson, an interior designer with her own furniture collection, is also a TV show host for Divine Design and judge on HGTV’s Design Star. This week, she gave a shout out to Rapsel’s ARNE tub by SODA Design as a ‘must have’ for artful afficianados on popular blog DESIGN MILK.


Azure Magazine Features OFURO by Matteo Thun (July-August)

Global design press continues to celebrate the new Ofuro Japanese-inspired soaking basin created by Matteo Thun for Rapsel. In the July/August issue of Canadian design publication AZURE, the larch wood tub is duly noted for its sustainable, water-resilient, resin-free technical constructuion. Sales via Rapsel USA or

Crystalline by Hariri & Hariri featured in Architect’s Newspaper

The venerable Architect’s Newspaper profiles ‘Crystalline’ a prototyped, new bath collection designed by Hariri & Hariri. The tub and sink designs are made in a super light resin with fixtures embedded with Swarovski crystals. Both products debuted at this year’s ICFF, with appearances by the design-duo Hariri sisters at the AFNY hosted tradeshow exhibit.

Lavasca Featured on HGTV “Selling New York” Series

Lavasca, the sculptural tub designed by Matteo Thun for Rapsel is currently featured in “Selling New York” on the popular HGTV network.

The show is dedicated to New York contemporary homes and lifestyles.

Lavasca is available in white or black matte Cristalpant via Rapsel USA for $21,000. for sales information

Ofuro Featured in KBB Design Collective

Alice Liao showcases Rapsel’s new Ofuro tub made of Siberian larch wood in the current issue of KBB’s New Design Collective.

Long respected for inventive use of materials, Rapsel teamed with renowned designer Matteo Thun to create the sustainable and award-winning Ofuro, in tribute to Japanese bathing culture as an art form.

Read the full feature at

A good soak – elegantly designed wood tub invites a plunge


The Ofuro wooden tub from Rapsel is $28,000.

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Tribune newspapers

May 10, 2010

Taking a cue from the Japanese, who for centuries have heralded the healing powers of a good soak in a wooden tub, Italian design firm Rapsel this year launched an all-wood bathtub with the eye-popping price of $28,000.

The Ofuro tub is “more than just a bathing vessel,” said Bennett Friedman, principal at kitchen and bath retailer AF New York, which carries Rapsel’s Ofuro. “It’s for wellness, not hygiene. You get the sense of relaxation but in a device, in a sphere that is beautiful.”

Made of Siberian Larch wood harvested from trees that are 300 to 400 years old, the Ofuro tub is different from many other wooden bathtubs because it doesn’t rely on resins, glues and sealants to keep water from damaging the wood. Siberian Larch is naturally water- and decay-resistant, and the tub wears in rather than wears out, Friedman said.

Designed by celebrated Italian architect and product designer Matteo Thun, the Ofuro won this year’s Wallpaper* Design Award for best bath.


Courtney Lukitsch
Gotham Public Relations, Rapsel North America
Tel: 212.352.2147

NEW YORK – MAY 12, 2010 – RAPSEL, the innovative and award-winning sanitary company based in Milan, is pleased to announce the addition of Lucy Ward to launch and operate Rapsel USA as Business Development Manager, North America. Ms. Ward joins Rapsel with more than 16 years of extensive sales and marketing expertise in the building and plumbing products industry, holding most recently executive positions at Jacuzzi USA and MAAX Inc. Direct contact information is or telephone: 612.276.3600.

RAPSEL USA is a new company focused on building premium channels of distribution, exhibits, sales and high profile projects for the brand. Rapsel is internationally well known for innovative use of materials and for developing timeless designs with renowned architects and designers that include Andree Putman, Gio Ponti, Philippe Starck, Matteo Thun, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, and Hariri Architects, among many others. Global publications such as Interior Design, Architectural Record, World of Interiors and Wallpaper have critically hailed new Rapsel designs as the first of their kind.

Rapsel designs are in the permanent contemporary design collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and numerous brand designs have won the Interior Design Best Product Award consecutive years in a row, and more recently the Good Design, Elle Décor and Wallpaper Design awards.