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July 11, 2005

Hats Off to Kohler

Kohler's Purist Hatbox Toilet Kohler
has caused more excitement in the design world than any toilet ever should, but I have to admit, it’s pretty amazing. With this design Kohler has effectively changed the rules for toilet design, no small task for something so common and generally standardized. For starters, toilets no longer need a high back holding the tank. The Purist Hatbox is tankless. It doesn’t have exposed, grime attracting hinges or a visible flush handle either. In fact, as the name suggests, it looks more like a big porcelain hatbox than it does a toilet.

For Kohler, the design is a win, it just earned the company the prestigious Gold Industrial Design Award, to be conferred in August. It’s not that uncommon for designers in an avant-garde tradition to rethink something as mundane as toilets by trying to break all the rules. But Kohler broke the rules in a way that was striking by being totally different without making people think, "But do I want that in my house?" Sometimes great design is a simple change. Sometimes it's making a splash. This is both.


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i think this is great. i would like to to see more mainstream, environmentally conscience ways of dealing with our "waste" that also challenging aesthetic conventions. Perhaps a much tougher sell is changing the construction industry - talking a client into a toilet like this is easy, but finding a plumber to install and warranty it at cost is easier said.

Posted by: spoon | Jul 11, 2005 6:35:36 PM

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