By Michele Koh Morollo
July 22, 2020
With cleanliness, connectivity and comfort changing into the buzzwords in house design, we discover among the newest improvements
Hygiene has at all times been paramount for house design. However with the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the local weather disaster, we’re additionally considering forward on how we will concurrently cut back our water consumption, improve the design of our loos whereas enhancing the general cleanliness of our abodes.
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“The fashionable client requires merchandise that stability hygiene and comfort with model and know-how,” says Paul Flowers, chief design officer at Lixil Group, a Japanese housing and water merchandise producer that owns manufacturers corresponding to American Customary and Grohe.
In response to Flowers, extra customers are involved with the efficiency of their toilet merchandise with regard to water consumption and eco-friendliness. This has resulted in new developments corresponding to environment friendly showers that distribute water evenly at low strain, and sensible water controls that enable customers to intuitively and exactly management water, in addition to pause their water provide when shampooing.
To extend effectivity in product upkeep, Grohe has developed digital options corresponding to Grohe Sense Guard, a first-of-its-kind water sensor that helps stop leaks and can instantly shut off the family’s water provide when it detects a burst pipe or flooded basement. “This sensor additionally helps the patron monitor water utilization and optimises the best way water is used, all by way of the capabilities of a smartphone,” says Flowers.
One other water-efficient product presently out there in the marketplace is Toto’s Twister Flush. Paired with a rimless bathroom bowl, the Twister Flush makes use of much less water than common bathroom bowls, but circulates a whirlpool of water that totally cleans each inch of the bowl with a downward pull that forestalls spray mist from pluming outwards.
Improvements aimed toward enhancing hygiene are additionally on the rise. From American Customary comes the Genie Hand Bathe, which contains a clear showerhead that permits customers to simply see when it’s soiled and wishes cleansing. The model additionally provides Aqua Ceramic, a super-hydrophilic know-how that forestalls grime and stains from sticking to ceramic surfaces, and ComfortClean, a revolutionary ceramic glaze of zinc oxide that kills micro organism in the bathroom bowl.
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“With ageing societies changing into a social phenomenon globally, loos will develop into extra user-centric and accommodate all ages, together with the aged, because it turns into extra frequent for various generations to remain collectively, particularly in Asia,” says Sandra Model, advertising and marketing supervisor at Hansgrohe Singapore.
One product line that may make the toilet safer for the aged is Hansgrohe’s Unica Consolation bathe bars, which double as sturdy grip handles to forestall the person from slipping on moist flooring. It additionally options an extra hand bathe holder on the decrease finish of the bar, which will be accessed even by customers who’re seated. This assortment additionally features a secure footrest coated with non-slip plastic.
“Security is changing into a precedence, so owners and designers are wanting extra at non-slippery tiles, toilet furnishings with smooth, rounded corners, and glass-screen-free bathe and bathtubs with security handles. Floor supplies corresponding to Toto’s Cefiontect nanotechnology ceramic glaze, which prevents the build-up of mould, limescale and waste matter, are additionally rising in popularity,” says Clifton Leung, the founding father of Hong Kong-based follow Clifton Leung Design Workshop.
The designer observes that extra owners are eager to combine the toilet design with the look of the bed room. “The colors and supplies used within the toilet should mix in with the bed room design,” he says. Semi-open loos—like these seen in lodge suites—are rising in popularity, as owners hope to include luxurious parts of the lodge expertise of their abodes.