Nendo’s Self-Assembling Toilet for Natural Disasters

Nendo’s Minimilet project began after Japan’s Tōhoku and Kumamoto earthquakes—specifically the devastation and difficulties in the wake of each. Entirely collapsable, the disposable toilet can be assembled using found materials and then dismantled when needed. Made from several components: four aluminum pipes, C-shaped seat, privacy tent, garbage bags and a coagulant liquid, the toilet’s bag can also double as a water carrier. When governments aren’t …

Japan Standardizes Bidet Function Imagery

Even if you’ve used a bidet elsewhere—be that a different nation or just a different bathroom—one generally has to interpret the icons that accompany various features. Oftentimes, they’re rather obtuse, leading to unexpected results. Thankfully the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association (aka toilet- and bidet-makers) have agreed to standardize all of the pictograms. The association settled upon eight, with each corresponding to a feature, and …

Instagrammable Bathrooms Around the World

Most people only take a trip to the toilet out of pure bodily necessity, but according to a new book by Lonely Planet, bathrooms could soon become the next hot spot for world travelers. In the book, titled “Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide,” the travel experts scoured the globe to uncover the world’s most scenic, bizarre and luxurious lavatories. A few examples include a secluded bathroom …