NASA Ships its Space-Ready Bathroom to the ISS This Week

Finding the perfect toilet for space has stumped researchers and designers at NASA for some time—so much so that they opened a crowd-sourced design competition looking for a better option. Now, NASA announces, they’re going to send a new bathroom option to the International Space Station. The $23 million set-up proves 40% lighter and 60% smaller (by volume) and helps NASA reach its goal of …

Philippe Starck + Duravit’s SensoWash i Smart Toilet

A first-ever integrated shower-toilet from the bathroom design brand

Do not let the minimal, masterful Philippe Starck design fool you. Duravit’s new SensoWash i smart-toilet marks the brand’s entry into the “washlet” category and with that comes advanced hygienic functionality. From the integrated, water-saving siphonic flush to the oscillating comfortwash feature, the SensoWash i competes with many of the most popular international models already out there. But, with their intuitive accompanying app, which allows users to …

Lauren Lee’s “Warm Walls” Make Public Bathrooms Better

In an effort to create a public amenity for menstruating women (rather than a product that individuals must go out and buy, oftentimes somewhat discreetly), Lauren Lee has envisioned Warm Walls. Her concept is essentially a “heated, gently curved wall mount that could be installed in public restrooms to give women on their periods a place both to alleviate pain” as well as to help …