"Is the world ready for a toilet with its own foot warmer, heated seat, bidet washlet and built-in music system, all controlled by a touch-screen remote?" That's the question being asked by American company Kohler as it launches its Numi luxury toilet on a market dominated by Japan's TOTO. We talk about the PR blitz to woo affluent customers away from the analog loo, and hear how this fits into visions of the Future City at Little Tokyo Design Week.
Battle for the Bottom: TOTO, Kohler and the Luxury Toilet
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The Battle for the Affluent Bottom
The sponsor for the "Future City" Pecha Kucha was the Japanese bath manufacturer TOTO, who displayed its new Neorest 550 , a high-tech luxury toilet which includes features...
The Future City
The first-ever Little Tokyo Design Week , held last week, featured a "Pecha Kucha", or fast-paced presentation of ideas, for the "Future City." Greg Lynn, Bill Kleiman,...