The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn’t changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change that by holding a competition to create the next-generation loo prototype. The winning design is the Wellbeing Toilet – the world’s first ergonomically-correct loo. Designed by three Central Saint Martin’s (CSM) graduates, this toilet could actually reduce the risk of intestinal cancer and haemorrhoids.
The flushable toilet first appeared on the scene in the 1800’s, but little about its design has changed in all that time. You sit, legs bent at a nearly 90 degree angle, feet on the floor whilst doing your business. Unfortunately for your bowels, this is pretty much the worst way to encourage efficient, um, movement. The way the human digestive system is designed, squatting, not sitting, is the best position for eliminating waste.
CSM graduates Pierre Papet (MA Industrial Design), Victor Johansson (MA Industrial Design) and Samuel Sheard, were challenged to create a toilet that met selected criteria of sustainability, a toilet that is more eco-friendly and a toilet that is better for our health and wellbeing – as well as one that benefits the environment by reducing key hazards such as water waste.
They devised three distinct designs, a zero-waste toilet, a modular toilet and sink, and the wellbeing toilet, which features a sculpted ceramic seat that correctly positions your body with a large ledge in front that makes it easy to draw your knees up into a squatting position.
The winning concept was chosen by a panel of design experts, including Red or Dead founder and now owner of a multi-disciplinary design agency, Wayne Hemingway and Senior Dyno-Rod Engineer, Cliff Huxley. “I have a philosophy that ‘Design is about improving things that matter in life’ and going to the loo certainly matters! The wellbeing toilet looks at the health and wellbeing aspect of getting rid of your bodily waste by enhancing the position of your body by enabling you to squat rather than sit,” said Hemingway when the winner was revealed.
Via Digital News Agency
I don't know Tim. You can contact them and ask though.
NSFW: As a male, moderately endowed when it comes to erection length, I have issues sitting on the toilet, especially if I have 'morning wood'. My left testicle also hangs significantly lower than my right and touches the bowl water. Have the designers considered this and how difficult it is to sit on toilets without touching the rim and/or the water?
solid gose in but what about the liquid?????
I need to convince my wife to get this
I use my sons stool in front of the toilet - to keep my legs elevated. or you could get the Squatty Potty www.squattypotty.com
Alex, certainly not yours. Richard, that's quite a feat considering gravity will deny it, and I'm sure the wheelchair-bound will not be offended by the rest of us using a squat toilet, we're not removing disabled-access stalls and ramps. America, land of intestinal issues and profitable drugs.
LOVE IT. I want a bidet too.
Zishan, I assume your comment about "anglo" refers to my comment at the bottom of this page. The term "anglo-indian" means that the toilet can be used in the western (anglo) sitting position or the eastern (indian) squatting position. That's why it's the perfect design for the world's transition to the ergonomically correct method. I like your point about the "advanced" western world getting their comeuppance. That's exactly why I launched this campaign to popularize squatting 14 years ago. I wanted to puncture our culture's over-inflated self image which views the so-called "underdeveloped world" as inferior. They are only underdeveloped in the sense that they have not developed all the colon diseases which haunt our society.
I was going to say, I remember visiting Pakistan as a child. My parents are from Pakistan and I\\\'ve been there three times in my life. Each of the two more recent times I went, one of the biggest adjustments I had to make was squatting over a porcelain hole in the ground in order to relieve myself of human waste. If that\\\'s the correct way to shit, for me that good and bad. Bad because, here in the west, we think that our \\\"advanced\\\" society is superior to the \\\"backward\\\" East. And good because at least my people know how to shit right! BTW, there\\\'s nothing Anglo about this. Anglo, meaning England, doesn\\\'t get to take credit for the way easterners have been sitting for millenia. The empire days are over! Colonialism is over... reverse colonialism, however, is alive and well, especially in England!
Fine! But who\\\'s ass fits on this?
All you need is a little five dollar stool in front of your regular toilet to put your feet on. Works great.
If I sat like that I would literally shit all over my balls!! Also its nice to know that the toilet keeps the handicapped in mind.
Jonathan108, just wanted to thank you for your very helpful and informative post, I had no idea the difference in squats made such a huge difference. I think these designers need to know of this, all they would need to do is lower the black "donut" to level it out..or actually get rid of it and just make a hole haha.
I'm afraid that these designers have blown it. Sitting with your feet propped up is not squatting. The ergonomic squatting position puts the body's full weight on the feet. All infants automatically assume this posture. Yes, I know that the elderly will never be able to squat, but that's no reason to force young, flexible people to behave like old, decrepit ones. A toilet has already been designed that allows the elderly to continue sitting (with or without a footstool) and also allows flexible people to really squat. It's called an "anglo-indian" toilet, and you can see one here: http://naturesplatform.com/images/anglo-indian-pan.gif . Learn why genuine squatting is far superior to just elevating your feet at http://www.naturesplatform.com/faq.html#footstools
Are you s(H)itting me?