You can always expect the unexpected at Harrods. Constantly surprising the luxury shopper, Harrods has always been a front runner in redefining the standards of luxury. And the latest display in Harrods main window depicts just that. Throughout July, shoppers at the Knightsbridge luxury store or even passerby can feast their eyes on one of the most luxurious bathroom fittings, a crystal bathtub crafted by indulgent Italian company Baldi. The exquisite tub was previously showcased in Milan at I Saloni in April 2010. The tub is carved from a single enormous block of the purest white rock crystal quarried in the Amazon region of Brazil and measures 2 meters in length and 55cm in height. The block was discovered in 2006when. Paolo Baldi heard of the existence of this ten-ton block of flawless crystal and had it extracted and transported to Italy intact.
But the precious tub on display at Harrods is not the first to be churned out from this gigantic rock. The first was shown at Salone del Mobile in 2008 and immediately purchased by a Russian magnate. The one displayed in Harrods is the second, but it is no replica of the first. The only similarity between the two is that both were sculpted with diamond cuts and left partially rough to expose the crystal’s natural beauty.
If you wish to make this current Harrods display your own, be prepared to shell out a sum of £530,000 ($794,000) which is the asking price of this bathroom beauty. If you can’t afford it, be sure to at least glimpse at Harrods in Knightsbridge where it will be displayed until the end of July.
[DesignYouTrust And World Interior Design Network]