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Rapsel Wins ‘Best in Bath’ at Interior Design Best of Year Awards (InteriorDesign.net)

Gotham Public Relations client RAPSEL wins ‘Best in Bath’ for larch wood soaking tub OFURO at the 2010 Interior Design Best of Year Product Awards, held at the IAC in New York. This prestigious design honor has been bestowed on Rapsel iconic products custom-created for the brand by Roberto+Ludovica Palomba and Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez over the past three years. For more information about award winners across categories, please visit http://www.interiordesign.net. All press inquiries to Courtney@GothamPR.com


Interior Design Best of Year Product Finalist :: OFURO by RAPSEL

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.

Rapsel’s New Double Tub Featured in Wallpaper*

Rapsel surpasses its success with Matteo Thun’s OFURO ~ designed last year for the brand ~ by introducing a new double soaking tub, also made in sustaible larch wood and profiled in WALLPAPER this month, corresponding to the Cersaie Fair taking place September 28th in Bologna, Italy.


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

NEW YORK – AUGUST 2010 – RAPSEL, the innovative and award-winning sanitary company based in Milan, is pleased to announce the addition of 10 new distributors of its product collection throughout North America. Included among these are: Batimat and Elements Bath in Montreal and Halifax, respectively; Elegant Additions in Houston, TKO and Elegant Additions in Dallas, Euro Concepts in West Hollywood, International Bath & Tiles in San Diego, Bath and Beyond in San Francisco, The Bath Company in Mission Viejo, and Elegant Additions in Atlanta. AFNY distributes the Rapsel brand in New York.

For product distribution and sales information, please contact Lucy Ward, Rapsel USA Business Development Manager, North America. Direct contact information is l.ward@rapsel.it or telephone: 612.276.3600.

Ms. Ward joined Rapsel in May 2010 with more than 16 years of extensive sales and marketing expertise in the building and plumbing products industry as a senior marketing executive at both Jacuzzi USA and MAAX Inc.

Rapsel is known for innovative use of materials and for developing timeless designs with renowned architects and designs that include Andree Putman, Gio Ponti, Philippe Starck, Matteo Thun, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, and Hariri Architects, among many others. Renowned publications such as Interior Design, Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, Surface and Wallpaper have critically hailed new Rapsel designs as the first of their kind globally.

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. More information is available via http://www.rapsel.it.

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 http://www.afnewyork.com

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 kbbonline.com

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.