ISH 2019: Best of What’s New in the Bathroom
- Space-Saving: Italian brand Agape collaborated with Shanghai-based studio Neri & Hu to develop the new Immersion series of bathtubs and sinks. The collection is inspired by the designer’s hometown, where increasing population density is resulting in shrinking living space. With a small footprint and high walls, the basins resemble traditional Chinese wooden tubs. The bathtub’s form encourages an upright bathing posture to ensure that the entire body is submerged for relaxation, while also taking up a smaller footprint. For more, see Crafting Wellness.
- Smart Sensing: Swiss brand Laufen is energising commercial bathrooms with its new Advanced Control design that fits toilets, urinals and showers with in-built sensors. A connected cloud-based app collects detailed data on the use times and condition of each module. This information can be used to inform tailored cleaning schedules to ensure bathrooms are cleaned according to use, potentially saving money and resources, as well as alert users when units are in need of maintenance. For more, see Social Spaces.
- Sustainable Sanitation: Laufen is also working with Austrian design studio EOOS and Swiss research institution Eawag, to develop a toilet that separates urine and solids from flush water for responsible sanitation management. The toilet uses surface tension to divert human waste into a concealed disposal outlet. It also features a unique bowl shape that helps guide the flow of new water to clean the receptacle. Separating waste and grey water allows for each to be processed individually and minimises the amount of harmful nutrients entering wastewater so that it can be more easily treated and reused. For more, see People & Planet.