TOTO present a series of dedicated events exploring toilet architecture

Leading Japanese bathroom manufacturer TOTO will be hosting Toilet Architecture, a series of dedicated events as part of the Clerkenwell Design Quarter and London Design Festival 2014.

Events at a glance:

- Toilet Architecture: An Event Powered by PechaKucha.

- Toilets: Evolution or Revolution? An exhibition curated by Professor Barbara Penner.

- Inside Rooms: 26 Bathrooms. A film by Peter Greenaway as part of the new AND Film Festival.

Industry experts explore the fundamentals in an event powered by PechaKucha:

The topic of Toilet Architecture is vastly historic and it covers centuries of practical design
solutions ranging from Roman multi-user communal spaces to modern day cubicles. It spans cross-continental societal and ethical needs, as well as evolving personal health and hygiene – issues which TOTO considers greatly within its own product design. Our day-to-day use of WC’s and the wider topic of toilet design is one that can easily be over-looked as it is so inherently ingrained into our lives. This event aims to raise questions and challenge our daily experiences and will discuss the importance it has on our quality of life - no matter where we are living.


TOTO has invited a group of professionals ranging from academics, journalists and
architects to interpret and explore through 20 slides x 20 seconds (the PechaKucha formula) their personal view of the subject of Toilet Architecture in a special event hosted by Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham and founder of PechaKucha. This lively and topical event includes presentations from leading industry figures: Sam Jacob, Professor of Architecture at UIC, designer, writer, curator, founding director of FAT Architecture; Professor Barbara Penner, author of Bathroom 2014 and Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; Alex Mowat Founder and Creative Director at Urban Salon; Carolyn Trevor, co-Founder of Trevor Lahiff Architects; Philippa Turrell, Editor of Kitchens and Bathrooms News; Roz Barr, Founder and Director at Roz Barr Architects. More details can be found here: or via the London Design Festival website:

Toilets: Evolution or Revolution?

As part of TOTO’s investigation into the subject of Toilet Architecture, Professor Barbara Penner, author of Bathroom 2014 and Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL will include a curated photographic exhibition exploring the topic from social and environmental perspective.


Professor Barbara Penner comments: “Around the globe, there has been an increase in awareness of the importance of sanitation, as the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and many NGOs address the 2.5 billion people in the world who do not have basic sanitation. But it remains an uphill struggle, largely because people in decision-making positions do not believe these issues are important – toilets are still regarded as trivial or even taboo. This exhibition, through its focus on key moments in the evolution of the modern bathroom, presents a different view. Far from being neutral or functional, it reminds us that bathrooms are incredibly complex spaces that have profoundly shaped our modern cities and lives and toilets in particular remain more important to our health, comfort, and well-being than ever before, even as new challenges emerge in designing them. What does the future of the toilet hold?”


Inside Rooms 26 Bathrooms: A film by Peter Greenaway as part of the brand new AND Film Festival.

Produced originally for Channel 4 in 1985, 26 Bathrooms presents twenty-six bathrooms in twenty-six minutes arranged in alphabetical order, moving audiences through a range of environments whilst exploring ideas of cleanliness and personal pleasure. One of a kind; the film is an intimate exploration into the subjects personal relationship with the bathroom as an essential environment, and includes insightful interviews staged and filmed in their own bathrooms. Delivered with gentle narrative humour, the film is visually striking and includes a score by internationally acclaimed composer Michael Nyman.


Notes to Editors:

- Toilet Architecture: An Event Powered by PechaKucha takes place at TOTO’s London showroom on Tuesday 16th September from 6.30pm. Please RSVP to hq(at)

- Toilets: Evolution or Revolution? A photographic exhibition curated by Professor Barbara Penner, author of Bathroom 2014 is on show at TOTO’s London showroom from Monday 15th September onwards. Opening hours: 9.30am – 5pm. If you would like to book an appointment for a personal tour of the showroom please contact hq(at)


- Inside Rooms 26 Bathrooms: A film by Peter Greenaway will be screened as part of the new AND Film Festival at the TOTO London showroom on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th September at 6pm. Please RSVP to hq(at)


- Interview and image requests should be sent to: hq(at)


- Clerkenwell Design Quarter (CDQ) is an official destination within the London Design Festival. Included in the programme of events this year sees the launch of the AND Film Festival – the UK’s first dedicated architecture and design film festival. Please go to for more information.




1. and 2. Brand new - TOTO Neorest AC Washlet 3. Sanyo’s Ultrasonic Bath and Washing Machine, Osaka World Fair, Japan, 1970 4. ‘The Dolphin’, 1888. Reproduced in J. L. Mott Iron Works, New York.