There Must be an APP for This

The Japanese have officially been dethroned in the commode competition. Kohler (American) has raised the lid on prices, design and functionality with their new Numi (or K-3900-0 model if you need to order) for $6390. Toto’s (Japanese) tired old Neorest 600 ($5k-ish) was by all standards a luxury purchase along the likes of sports cars, yachts and vacation homes in Tuscany. But for better bragging rights, spend a bit more for the newer upgrade. Tours of your home will never be the same.

I jest a bit. As a designer it is sometimes hard to suggest a $5k toilet (plus perhaps another $1-2k installation). Though, I did have one client request it. But they made a wiser choice in the end. It can be difficult to see how the bathroom experience can be enhanced by an iPad like touch screen remote (with magnetic docking station!) that controls your toilet’s personality. But what I do appreciate about these products is that they push the envelope of design. And in this case, it brings design to the mundane. It is products like these which introduce leading edge design and technology that eventually trickles down into more affordable offerings.

The same has happened with autos, the space program, consumer electronics and modern medicine. Someone has to fund the expensive stuff and eventually everyone benefits. And though many won’t budget for this particular item, we can certainly appreciate the effort that went into its design.

BTW – the user manual is 43 pages – so at least you’ll have something handy to read.

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4 Responses to There Must be an APP for This

  1. JA says:

    $6K for a toilet? Although well designed is a bit too much $. That’s practically how much I spent to remodel my bathroom!

  2. David says:

    True – Good design is also about how to optimize within your budget. Usually homeowners splurge on one or two items in a bathroom remodel (although granted, this toilet would leave little for anything else). That leaves the other finishes and fixtures perhaps a bit at odds with the most expensive item.

    Personally I find a room to be more visually cohesive and pleasing if all of the elements are within similar levels of cost, fit and finish. Sometimes the “splurge” is too prominent within a room and it makes the remainder not as attractive.

  3. Greg L says:

    -Hey David. I like your new blog.
    I see that Kolher is trying to be avant-garde and prove they are the best in technology and design but I have issues with this design. The top cantilever portion seems too top heavy and I’m assuming that the photo to the right shows it in it’s up position which I don’t think is that attractive. The profile is nice however. Also, I feel like the form of the seat doesn’t work well with the tappered ‘box’ lower section. Just not my idea of an over the top toilet. Perhaps it looks better in a finished high-end bathroom but I’m just not seeing it. And really, an Ipad type interface for the functions. How many functions can a toilet have?

  4. David says:

    Thanks Greg – The picture is showing the lid partially open (click on the picture and it should take you to the Kohler site). The hat box design is a nice departure from the tank and bowl. But the square outline of the seat is a bit unnatural I agree. Form has triumphed over function perhaps? And yes, the iPad interface – what more can be said? If it could stream weather, news and perhaps video or act as an e-reader.. that would be better. But as a unitasker – very over the top!

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