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The Bath's five chapters offer an ideal mix of useful fact and escapist fantasy. They trace the history of the bath and its rich folklore, showcase and inspire innovative design ideas, and offer five natural recipes for do-it-yourself bath aromatherapy. Von Furstenberg starts with "The Source of the Bath" and "The Private Bath," and goes on to "Thermal and Public Baths," "Bathroom Suites," and "Bathing." Learn how ancient cultures embraced the primary needs of hygiene and pleasure: Egyptians bathed to purify themselves before daily prayers; Greeks believed in the fortifying powers of cold showers; and Romans saw the bath as supremely social. Private baths, once the province of kings, are now taken for granted. Von Furstenberg guides you through world-renowned thermal baths and spas, from Italy to Budapest, where mineral-rich waters and mud baths have legendary healing powers.
Bathing is a sacred personal ritual, a private time when the senses are indulged. Marrying ancient ceremony and modern technology, the bath has become a unique sanctuary offering endless design possibilities. A companion to Von Furstenberg's popular book Beds, The Bath takes us across time and around the world, to remind us that as our lives get ever more frenetic, the ultimate vacation for the senses is right down the hall.