Let me start by saying that this idea is not new. First shown in 1961 in Holly Golightly's apartment in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's
", it was then re-created by Jared and Jill Morrison of Ruff House Art
for Phillip Morris of all folks a few years ago. This was followed by a New York Times article covering the concept of a claw foot bath tub couch (when I first got turned on to the idea) which then prompted several bespoke retailers to try and recreate the work.
There is currently a reproduced DIY version
on a french blog, however it provides zero instruction, and takes a slightly different design approach by using an elevated seat. There's also a retailer on Etsy called Redux Tubs
out of Canada who is selling the couch from $1,100 and up. Finally, my co-worker Carley
has also wanted to build a bathtub couch for some time.
I think I am merely riding the groundswell of claw foot bathtub couch interest, as we all our - I simply have taken the time to document the process so that we may have the opportunity to make bathtub couches while hopefully learning a bit from my mistakes. I in no way take credit for this idea.
History accurate as of publish date September, 2012.