"Technology is the answer, but what was the question?" was the statement by English architect Cedric Price (1934-2004) in the 1960s. In his experimental and radical work - unfortunately often unbuilt - he investigated how new technologies and cybernetics could influence architecture and our lifestyles.
In the age of the IoT (Internet of Things) technology leads us to communicate more and more frequently with domestic devices and in recent years the bathroom is the environment most affected by these innovations. Looking at the products recently presented by several companies, it seems that there are essentially two questions: hygiene and comfort. Domusweb has selected three new toilets that follow this trend.
Veil is a monoblock toilet manufactured by Kohler, equipped with several features to ensure maximum comfort and personal hygiene. Among these is a self-cleaning function that uses electrolytic water and UV light to disinfect the surfaces of the sanitary ware. With a touch screen control it is possible to manage certain functions such as seat heating, night lighting and optimisation of exhaust flows.
"Cleanovation" (clean+innovation) is the new concept of Toto, a Japanese company that focuses on technological innovation and digital comfort to transform the bathroom experience, both in the public sector and in private homes. The new Washlet models feature a self-cleaning system which, by means of jets of electrolytic water, is able to maintain the state of the sanitary fixture in excellent conditions at all times.
Duravit has partnered with Philippe Starck to develop its new generation of electronic seats, which can be controlled remotely with a smart phone app. The new SensoWash Starck f Plus and SensoWash Starck f Lite sanitary fixtures combine sophisticated, timeless design with innovative bathroom technologies such as odour extraction, automatic lid opening and sanitary temperature control.