RAPSEL is being honored as a finalist for the 2010 Best of Year Awards.
The Matteo Thun custom designed soaking tub ‘Ofuro’ was nominated in the Bath::Fixtures category.
Interior Design will be hosting the awards ceremony at the IAC Building on the evening of Thursday, December 2nd where the “Best of Year” for each category will be announced.
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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.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE – HOME
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.
Visit the Rapsel exhibit with AF New York at booth 1218 to see the exciting debut of Crystalline, Chef and Ofuro Collections at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, to be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York May 15-17, 2010.
Special booksigning event by invitation to take place with Hariri Architecture, Sunday, May 16, 2010 12 Noon
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Design press visiting Salone del Mobile this year are in for a treat:
Iconic Italian design firm Rapsel will hold 3 exhibits in various locations throughout the city to celebrate the fair.
New custom designs for RAPSEL will be on exhibit at the main fair pavilion (D23-D27) as well as in Zona Tortona via Savona 54.
For special event invitations to the Wallpaper* and private chef dinner & design events offsite, please contact Courtney Lukitsch at Gotham Public Relations 212.352.2147 or Courtney@GothamPR.com.
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Design editor Monica Khemsurov does some reporting on Rapsel’s award-winning Ofuro bath basin in Conde Nast’s April 2010 issue of DETAILS Magazine
Ofuro is available by custom-order sales at AF New York http://www.afnewyork.com.
Ofuro was designed by Milan-based Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez http://www.matteothun.com
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Meet Milan-based Rapsel founder and principal Aldo Provini this week in New York. For appointments, contact AF New York http://www.afnewyork.com or Gabrielle Rosemond, Director of Marketing and Communications (email@example.com)