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A $30K Wood Bathtub, Corian, & Other Seattle Home Show Stars*

By October 5, 2014

Events, Furniture

The thing about the Seattle Home Show is that amid the familiar names and brands that showcase their products every year, I always find new (at least to me) and unique offerings. While organizers of this weekend’s show at the CenturyLink Field Event Center highlighted the high-tech such as Wi-Fi enabled grills and spas, the stars for me were old school products such as this stunning wooden bathtub.

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Handcrafted with hundreds of pieces of mahogany and topped with a clear coat of composite material, this custom bathtub is the creation of NK Woodworking, a Seattle firm run by a 27-year old former boat builder. The beautiful design and construction make this piece suitable as furniture or art. Make that high art as one of these custom pieces will cost you anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.

Another throwback material that caught my eye was these Corian panels…

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First patented in the late 1960s by a DuPont scientist, Corian is a non-porous, stain resistant and flexible material made of acrylic polymer and bauxite ore. These days, Corian is mostly found in hotels, hospitals and other commercial applications. R.D. Wing, a Kirkland company, is seeing opportunity in the residential market. It has developed a series of Corian patterns that people can buy for their homes.

Marie Lail Blackburn, an interior designer with mlbdesigngroup, shared a booth with R.D. Wing and said she is using these Corian panels with her customers. “You can use these for a decorative wall or a shower panel or a kitchen backsplash. There are a lot of applications,” Blackburn said.

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The next item that stood out for me injects a breath of fresh air into your laundry. Laundry Pro by Aerus promises technology that uses “activated oxygen” to clean your clothes so that you don’t need laundry detergent or bleach.

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The machine – the size of a small DVD player – simply connects to your washing machine using standard hoses and its good to go. The technology makes it so your washing machine only uses cold water. There was no real-life demonstration at the home show so the jury is still out for me as to whether it really delivers.

Rounding out my stars at the Seattle Home Show is a 29-year old Redmond outfit named Stellar Vision. The company recreates a beautiful starry night in the comfort of your bedroom by literally hand painting stars onto the walls and ceiling. Using the same material as glow-in-the-dark toys, Stellar Vision recreates the night sky when the lights are off. When the lights come back on or during the day, the “stars” are barely visible.

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I couldn’t recreate the effect with my camera but Stellar Vision has a small room that lets you take in the experience. The Seattle Home Show continues today from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.  Admission is $12.00 adults, $8.00 seniors (60+), $3.00 juniors (age 7-15), and under age 7 are free.  E-tickets are available for purchase online and come with $1.00 parking at the CenturyLink Field Event Center Parking Garage and Safeco Field Garage.IMG_5960IMG_5970IMG_5958