The Tao of the Japanese Bath

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It took my breathe away. On first sight, I was transformed from the foot hills of a Japanese Ryokan, to the future of East meets West. The Japanese Soaking Bath has arrived and to such a heightened level of interpretation that is nothing less than pure artistry.  As a designer, my eyes are always open to see new products that blend into the Zen Living concept of design. Many times, the history of the Japanese culture needs to be interpreted into a fresh, cutting edge design, and this has been accomplished perfectly with this product offered by Diamond Spas in Colorado.

Clean lines, a smooth function impeccably created to reflect the healing meditative qualities of a Japanese soaking tub. For centuries in Japan, the outdoor hot springs have attracted people for their healing qualities. The indoor bath or "ofuro" as it is called in Japanese, cleanses the body and the soul and is a tradition that has been passed on for generations. The shape and design of the ofuro is identifiably Japanese, for the depth of the soaking tub and the space saving size is to contain the individual to immerse themselves entirely up to their neck. The form remains the same.

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The exquisite craftsmanship of Stephanie and Tom Bennett of Diamond Spas is giving new life to the artistry of Zen Living design. With form, function and an element of nature, the sacred space is brought to life. We need to rejuvenate our spirit as well as our bodies, and the Asian philosophies succeed at that, thanks to the artistry of brilliant visionaries in the design field.


In a three part series on Asian inspired design, the focus is on water and the tranquility that it brings into the home and business lifestyle. Even in a small installation, the simple message of elegant simplicity is magnified when combined with the contemporary Zen design of stainless, stone, water and nature. The organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright taught us that there is a connection to nature, and his vision has been imprinted on the soul of so many designers, myself included. Working in both the aquatic industry for the Koi and Japanese Gardens, combined with my interior work... I have found that there is no separation, that it is all one. I am honored to share these products to my design clients and all of you, for it is in our collective awareness that we can begin to embrace the past and raise our lifestyle to a new way of living. It is the quality of our life, the excellence of minimal that makes all the difference. Be the difference.

Love and Light... M


copyright 2013 by  MaryEllen Malinowski, Zen Living by design | Infrared Light Int'l

Permission for photo usage and copyright by Diamond Spas - Landscape Architect: Shannon Murphy Photo credit: Brent Bingham & William Wright Photography



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    MaryEllen Malinowski

    Zen Living by design is a division of Infrared Light International, a lifestyle design company that enlightens, educates and empowers clients to connect with living an extraordinary life based on the simple elements of nature, water, light and tranquility. Founded by MaryEllen Malinowski in 1994, The Infrared Light Gallery®’s success is based on eastern art, lifestyle, designs, travel and international design concepts that make people’s homes, business and personal well being reflect a simplified Zen Living. "M" is an international award winning fine art infrared photographer, published author, Japanese garden designer and Executive Director of The Koi Whisperer Sanctuary & Japanese Gardens in St. Charles, Illinois. MaryEllen's fine art infrared prints have sold at Sotheby's in New York, and her lifetime dedication to Asian design has developed into her creations of mesmerizing Japanese Garden designs and water gardens that can be found in estate homes and properties in the U.S. MaryEllen's dedication to Living Art, The Nishikigoi of Japan ( Koi) has opened up to an international mission of Koi Keeping. A lifetime pursuit of developing a magazine is in the works and Zen Living by design Magazine will be coming Spring 2015.

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