TOTO Celebrates London´s Clerkenwell Design week
with innovatio, sustainability and well-being exhibition and events
As an official participant in the annual Clerkenwell Design Week, Japanese bathroom manufacturer TOTO is hosting a vibrant exhibition that celebrates the marriage of beautiful design, sustainable technologies and well-being. ‘Design for a Sustainable Future’ is curated by environmental design website Sustinendi (www.sustindendi.com), and brings to TOTO’s concept store in the heart of London’s design district exciting products that exemplify new ways of thinking in terms of materials, community, energy and life-style.
In tune with the festive mood of CDW (www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com), TOTO is also making available its luxurious washroom facilities to CDW visitors. During opening hours (9.30am to 6pm), festival-goers can experience the unique Japanese-style, interactive Washlet toilets. Under the banner ‘Spend £1 to Spend a Penny’, all proceeds go to Wherever The Need, a charity that provides essential sanitary facilities in Sierra Leone, Kenya and India (www.wherevertheneed.org).
With Cream Teas at 4pm, TOTO and Sustinendi will be on hand for demonstrations and tours. Exhibits in Design for a Sustainable Future include:
• Kun-tiqi -surf boards hand crafted from renewable balsa wood by communities in South America and finished in Northern Spain.
• Quantz – a high density, high tech, high performance concrete material which reduces environmental impact and costs. Intricate designs by Doreen Westphal demonstrate the material’s versatility for architecture and design. (image above)
• A Drop of Water – a drain-pipe-fixed water butt, shaped like a droplet with an integrated watering can by Dutch designer Bas van der Veer
• Virtual Water -an iPhone app, website and poster designed by Timm Kekeritz which visualises and helps you manage your daily water consumption.
• Hero Eco -e-bikes and e-scooters play their part as individuals and cities reconsider their mobility plans and energy consumption.
• Tea Together – outstanding hand-made organic jams and marmalades which supply many of the world’s top hotels.
• Right as Rain – no dyes or chemicals are used for the designs on these silk T-Shirts from this Italian fashion start-up. They are, quite literally, created organically by being buried in the earth.
• 'Transmutation Chandelier' – Thierry Jeannot’s chandeliers are created from PET bottles that resemble crystal and are reminiscent of Baroque or glass-blown pieces from Murano. The polystyrene lights appear like ivory or alabaster. Thierry Jeannot appears courtesy of the Marion Friedmann Gallery.
• Morethanshelters -a mobile home for use in emergencies and refugee camps. It combines high tech solutions with traditional and local technologies and materials.
• Wherever The Need -a charity that supports sanitation projects in Sierra Leone, Kenya and India.