Luxury bathrooms not only consist of chandeliers and flat-screen TVs. MSN reports on a trend in upscale decorating that will cost Americans about $22 billion this year.
From a $20 million dollar home for sale in Fort Lauderdale, where there was a Rembrandt hanging in the loo, realtor Tim Elmes says a bathroom can make or break a deal.
“At the minimum, it’s his and hers toilets. Even if there’s one bathroom, there must be two separate toilets”, said Elms.
Don’t think a “his toilet” means less. It’s not a linen closet; it’s a gym — and a Jacuzzi and sauna — topping off a bathroom complex that’s bigger than most homes.
With two paper towel rolls, a wire hanger and a few other simple supplies you can build your own foot flusher for your toilet. This could be a temporary solution for someone with a disability.
The new Cottonelle Kids line of toilet tissues is targeted at parents of 4-to-9 year olds. In addition to child-friendly graphics, the new tissue aims to solve a parenting concern that children use too much tissue. Printed on each roll are graphics that instruct kids where to tear. The line also includes flushable moist wipes that limit children to one wipe at a time.
The March issue of Wired Magazine (not yet available online) takes a look at the latest toilet tech. American Standard is employing aerospace engineers to get their low-flush models working smoothly and Toto’s new Neorest 600, which features a wireless remote, is a hit among celebrities.
According to Toto, A-list royalty sits upon this throne: Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Charlie Sheen, Will Smith. ‘They’re toilet paper-free,’ Smith gushed to Access Hollywood. ‘You sit on the toilet and there’s a spray that’s so deadly accurate – wherever you sit on the toilet, somehow it always hits the bull’s-eye perfectly.’
But the Neorest, with its 16-bit processor, 512 Kbytes of RAM and $5,000 price tag likely won’t appeal to most American consumers.
Update: The article is now available online.
Toto Japan has released a new toilet with a built in MP3 player to broadcast the songs of your choice.
This handy toilet lid is a novel way of conserving water. Waste water from the washing of hands drains into the toilet tank and is used on the next flush.
The International Center for Bathroom Etiquette attempts to educate the public on proper lavatory behavior and answers such pressing questions as, “when is it proper to use the kiddie urinal?”
Brondell this month unveils their new line of high-tech Swash toilet seats. Similar seats have gained popularity in Japan. The Swash seats fit onto existing toilets and feature heated seats, warm-water wash and a warm-air dryer. The model pictured above includes a remote control. Don’t let the kids run off with that.
Brondell believes United States consumers will have an appetite for high-tech toilets. The San Francisco Chronicle interviews the co-founders of Brondell, a San Francisco firm that this past week began selling its Swash toilets, which I noted in an earlier post. The co-founders bring technology credentials to the business. David Samuel started Spinner.com and Scott Pinizzotto is a former Sony Corp. engineer.
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The Toilet Bowl, a unique restaurant in Taiwan goes to extremes with its theme. Not only are the seats real toilets, but dinner is served in the bowl. The picture at left speaks for itself.