Bathroom Convergence

You’ve heard of “convergence” in gadgets, now we have the humble toilet (uncomfortably) converging with the hand basin! All in the spirit of saving precious water. A good thing, I hear you say. Well, it definitely is a good thing unless the environmental objective conflicts with a basic functional requirement.

Witness the “Profile™ 5” toilet suite from Caroma.

Caroma Profile™ 5 Toilet Suite

Let’s check the specs:

  • Saves water, tick
  • Affordable, tick
  • Proven performance, tick
  • Ergonomic design, umm… no.

This is where all Caroma’s claims come unstuck. Really, who wants to straddle a toilet bowl to wash their hands in something that ugly?


Intern Architects in Hell

Serendipity. One of the great joys of the Internet is the joy of discovering great websites via linkage. Sometimes it is via digging deeper through links, other times (such as this one) it’s a happy coincidence.

While considering a short post about humour and architecture in response to Design Observer‘s recent piece on Rem Koolhaas, I checked my Coudal Partners* RSS feed and – bing! – there was a link to Intern Architects in Hell, a cartoon series about young architects slaving away for a token wage.

Hilarious! What a find. I love the slightly perverse undercurrent that pervades the series. By just using stylised B&W cartoon “heads” with captions it pokes fun at the arrogance and self-importance of your typical “design” architect. Check out this one, this one, or even this one.

If you haven’t come across before (like me), there’s a heap more than the cartoons. Here’s my pick:

I’ve just added to my feeds. Check it out now.

* Do Coudal have a special team just cruising the Internet 24/7? They always seem to unearth interesting links.