TOTO Toilet Architecture Events as part of the London Design Festival.
This year as part of the internationally celebrated London Design Festival, TOTO hosted events based on the theme of Toilet Architecture at the London Concept Store located in Clerkenwell, the heart of London’s architecture and design community.
On Tuesday 16th September, TOTO welcomed over 60 industry professionals and press in a Toilet Architecture themed PechaKucha. VIP speakers included academics, journalists, product designers and architects – all invited along to present their own personal interpretation of Toilet Architecture through 20 slides (the PechaKucha format).
This lively and topical event was extremely well received among the audience, instigating insightful discussions amongst leading professionals. Many of the speakers referred directly to bathroom / WC designs or projects that they were directly involved in such as Jay Gort, director and founder of Gort Scott architects who talked through his Wembley WC’s project project http://gortscott.com/project/wembley-wcs/Designer Rock Galpin decided to focus on the future of the bathroom, highlighting the need for personal/private sanctuaries in the modern web-age. Jonathan Gaunt, public health specialist at Arup provided a valuable insight into London’s public sewage and water supply set-up, highlighting the need for drastic improvements in London and across the country in a bid to preserve our water supply.
The vastly historic topic of toilet architecture allows us the opportunity to reflect on centuries of practical design solutions ranging from Roman multi-user communal spaces to modern day cubicles. The current debate 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 although it is so inherently ingrained into our lives. We therefore we feel we have a responsibility to raise questions and challenge our daily experiences and will continue to highlight the importance toilet architecture has on our quality of life - no matter where we are living.
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 curated a photographic exhibition exploring the topic from social and environmental perspective. The exhibition will be on show at the TOTO London Concept Store until the end of October.
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?”
PechaKucha Guest Speakers Included:
(Host) Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham and founder of PechaKucha.
Professor Barbara Penner, author of Bathroom 2014 and Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Jay Gort, founder and director at Gort Scott architects
Alex Mowat Founder and Creative Director at Urban Salon
Rock Galpin, Founder of Rock Galpin Studio
Tomas Klassnik, founding director of Tomas Klassnik Corporation
Floyd Case, TOTO
Philippa Turrell, Editor of Kitchens and Bathrooms News
Roz Barr, Founder and Director at Roz Barr Architects
Jonathan Gaunt, Associate at Arup specializing in public health
Jamie Mitchell, representing Blueprint Magazine and sister blog, DesignCurial.