TRENDS – In the latest issue of Frame, titled Spaces that Heal, we report that the increasing concern for the environment and growing awareness of the role of nature in wellbeing is resulting in a range of new bathroom designs that embody biophilia – the love of the natural.
The positive effects of plants on our emotional and physical wellbeing is such a homily that in simulation video games such as Theme Hospital, plants can be placed in rooms and corridors to improve the health of the player’s patients. In fact, studies by NASA found that indoor plants are necessary to remove toxins from the air in sealed environments such as space stations. Now, designers are going beyond placing a potted fern next to the WC in embracing the role of nature and the outdoors in spaces for hygiene and wellbeing. Here are four designs that give new meaning to answering the call of nature.
Minimlet by Nendo
The most literal interpretation of the theme, Nendo’s Minimlet is a portable toilet designed for emergency situations. Easy to store, transport and assemble, the kit consists of six items that can be integrated with everyday items such as water bottles and umbrellas to represent a truly portable toilet.
Developed in response to large-scale disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and the more recent earthquakes in Kumamoto in 2016, Minimlet is the renowned studio’s contribution to national disaster relief equipment. The incorporation of household objects such as steel cans and water bottles in the design showcases particular resourcefulness and inventiveness, as Nendo was able to take manufacturing processes – which standardizes cap sizes and screw shapes – into account.
Solar Egg by Bigert & Bergström for Riksbyggen