Bathroom tech

Click to enlarge
Kohler Numi techno toilet.

Kohler Numi techno toilet.

1 of 2
Kohler Numi techno toilet.

Kohler Numi techno toilet.

2 of 2

We’re always on the lookout for more bathroom tech. When you consider the options for the kitchen, living room, bedroom and office, the bathroom can be a bit of a poor cousin when it comes to doodads, doohickeys, gimmicks and gizmos.

The Kohler Numi toilet has a built-in FM radio and speakers, as well as the capability to take audio from an MP3 player.

But these days, everything’s got an iPod dock in it … it’s the ‘other’ types of automation in the Numi that have impressed us most. There are the bidet features, which wash and dry the user (with different settings for guys and gals, obviously), there is the automatically opening and closing lid with an additional foot-controlled light beam which lifts the toilet seat for chaps. The Numi even blows hot air out the bottom (no pun) to warm your feet. All functions are accessed via a touch-screen remote control; and the whole thing (except for where you sit) is a rather pleasing square shape.

At over NZ$8,000, of course, only the financially privileged will evacuate the nutrient-rich contents of their amply hydrated colons into such a luxurious latrine. But we say this is an appliance that’s used more times a day than an oven, dishwasher or burglar alarm, so why skimp?

kohler.com


More objects

My, oh my Milan

My, oh my Milan

The Urbis selection of some of the most alluring objects from this year’s Milan Furniture Fair.
Eastern Bloc

Eastern Bloc

A refined take on the utilitarian and industrial shapes from the Soviet era’s metal furniture design. Stalin would most certainly not be amused.
Driftwood

Driftwood

Shaped and brought to shore by the whim of curious tides.
Grids & graphs

Grids & graphs

Much like linear hatching in drawing and engraving, these pieces create shade and tone through lines that seem almost hand sketched.
Native accents

Native accents

Items using or referencing traditional handcrafts. Earthy materials, prints, colours, patterns and forms connect the home to other cultures and ways of living.

Most read

Garden the blue sky

Garden the blue sky

This architect’s penthouse boasts enviable green spaces and a vertigo-inducing outdoor bath.
Homes for barter

Homes for barter

Urbis chats to the co-founders of a home exchange website aimed solely at creatives about trading their highly curated abodes with perfect strangers.
My, oh my Milan

My, oh my Milan

The Urbis selection of some of the most alluring objects from this year’s Milan Furniture Fair.
The skyline shifter

The skyline shifter

Ground is soon to be broken for The Pacifica, a soaring new apartment complex that has the ability to reinvigorate an enclave of Auckland’s downtown.
Doors wide open

Doors wide open

A designer villa in Bali, inspired by Japanese minimalism and with a strong environmental ethos, captures the essence of simplicity, luxury and relaxation.