Encountered this urinal at MoMA today. Looks great, right? Kind of has a sculptural Muji vibe to it - an almost blindingly white ovaloid bowl with a beautifully tapered edge. If it wasn’t hanging on a bathroom wall, you might be tempted to put it on your coffee table as a display piece.
But here’s the thing. Urinals have a job to do, and when they don’t do that job, people get upset. The specific problem with this urinal is an issue called “spray-back.” Urine goes in, then it comes out. Check out the men’s room floor at MoMA sometime. It looks like a Jackson Pollock painting.
Here’s a toilet bowl that allegedly addresses spray-back. Have you seen it before? I recall using it the few times I’ve been to fancy-pants clubs in NYC. The design is kind of awkward. You kind of have to, um, enter the urinal in order to use it, which is vaguely disconcerting. (Check out the link and you’ll see what I mean, I’m not just being gross.)
Two final notes, and then I’ll leave you alone. First, I realize that this is already my second toilet-related entry. I’d like to say it’ll be my last, but that wouldn’t be true. Besides, the great Russell Flinchum always says that the kitchen and bathroom are where design innovation happens.
Second, check out MoMA’s brand-new website. No immediate thoughts, but…have you noticed that lots of websites are using horizontal layouts now (as opposed to the traditional vertical layout)? I have a few suspicions why, but I’ll save those for another day.