Philippe Starck Unveils His SensoWash “Shower-Toilet” in New York

by , 04/10/11
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The new Philippe Starck designed SensoWash toilet debuted at Manhattan’s Duravit showroom last night with Starck (and Inhabitat) on the scene. The moniker “shower-toilet” is slightly confusing but basically, the product is similar to a bidet, and eliminates the need for scratchy and wasteful toilet paper – except it has a lot of extra perks and an elegant Starck-esque design. The unveiling event was filled with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and demonstrations of the shower-toilet by the designer himself. Don’t worry about hitting that “Read More” though, none of the pics fall into the NSFW category.

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Starck went above and beyond with his designs for Duravit’s other bathroom lines, and SensoWash Starck is no different.  The SensoWash Starck was designed to maximize comfort on all levels. Each shower-toilet has a remote control powered program, with ultra-hygienic cleaning options such as ladies wash, breech wash and even drying.  In addition, Starck designed the slim line toilet to have the ultimate luxury on a cold day – heated seats! The SensoWash even cleans and disinfects itself, which actually may be the most desirable feature to us lazy, er, busy folks.

The wireless remote control alone for the SensoWash Starck is a work of art in itself. Clad in silver, the control looks more like a design piece than a remote control for a toilet. Divided into a grid, each square diagrams its function – a fan for “dry” and water bubbles for the washes.

The idea of going toilet paper-less may seem like a scary leap to some, but eliminating toilet paper would have a huge impact on treating sewage and wastewater. For now, only those with the luxury of buying their own (Philippe Starck designed) toilets can take this step, but one day we all may be using a SensoWash.

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  1. rpvitiello August 8, 2013 at 4:35 am
    I already have another brand of this kind of product in my house. (Toto invented it and calls it a washlet, generic term is Bidet Toilet Seat) They spray warm water on the body parts you have that need cleaning, then it blows warm air to dry it. You usually use a SMALL amount of toilet paper to finish wiping/ drying, but NOWHERE near what you use just using paper. Also once you get use to actually WASHING each time you use the bathroom, just using dry paper does seem pretty disgusting!
  2. macmccoy April 13, 2011 at 12:41 am
    @uktopical: That's a crucial question. There is a built-in drying feature, however it's expected that toilet paper will still be necessary--only much less of it.
  3. uktopical April 12, 2011 at 11:09 am
    This may be a stupid question but how do you dry your arse when the shower has done its job?
  4. rustamon April 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm
    The design of the remote is quite appealing, and so is that of the toilet but it seems to be a bit of a rip of the toilets made by Japanese company Toto..
  5. macmccoy April 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    Brilliant and beautiful, but aren't these "shower toilets" commonplace in Japan? A friend who recently visited Tokyo came home raving about showering, drying, self-cleaning public toilets. For the sake of the environment& 21st century hygiene, a product like this should be made available / affordable to more mainstream consumers here in the US.