IMM Cologne 2016 – German designer Carina Deuschl presents XTEND a collapsable and portable bathtub. Made in high-performance fabric and carbon fiber by using high pressure waterjet technology the project combines functionality, comfort and design.
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“Intended for water and cut by water; XTEND redefines the ordinary concept of a bathtub” says Carina Deuschl who presented the project during IMM Cologne at the Pure Talents contest, a program that spotlights emerging designers from around the world.
When folded, XTEND baththub becomes a 8.5 millimetre thin plate weighting 7 kg. When extended, it unfolds into a design objet. Its padded, machine-washable fabric inlay provides a new bathing experience.
All components, such as the water inlet, legs and the fabric inlay can be attached to the plate for the purpose of transportation or storage, making assembly of the bathtub is fast and intuitive.
XTEND baththub’s design is determined by a contrasting yet complementary black and white colour scheme. The black frame and is made from carbon fibres, transformed in an autoclave process and cut by a high-pressure water jet.
The white inlay that completes the tub cushions the tub with a three-layer structure of synthetic high-performance material (Prototype from Tyvek® soft structure, PrimaLoft® and an additional waterproof coating).
The fabric inlay is waterproof, lightweight, durable and soft but it is also highly compressible, such that it can be stowed away in an ultra-thin case. The surface of the material smoothens out completely once the bathtub is filled with water.
Photos: courtesy of Carina Deuschl.