Designed wrapping toilet
When Taikou Jyuken Corp. was engaged in the disaster recovery activity against the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami in 2011 as a plumbing company, we saw the severe health hazard of our neighbors caused by worsened environment of lavatories, which gave us an inspiration of creating a sophisticated toilet environment and its maintenance.
Just as Mr. Steve Jobs had developed iMac which yielded a new potentiality of PC, TJC has launched Artoletta project with the idea that putting art on a pure white canvas surely brings a designability which will realize a splendid toilet environment.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Works of art, illustrations and photos are printed onto vinyl films that are heated and then wrapped around a toilet. These films can be removed and the toilet may be restored to its original condition; or a new illustration or photo may be wrapped upon request. As toilets are regularly cleaned to maintain a good sanitary environment, these wrappings are designed to retain their original color and hard to come off. The toilet has been transformed into a work of art and the restroom has become a room people of all ages desire to visit.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
A beautifully decorated toilet provide our mind with a healing through visual sense. It means the end of a negative restroom environment which is dirty and dark for not only kids but for adults. In a commercial complex, Artoletta is a topic and attracting customers. This product also contributes to the medical welfare. It provides not only a healing but support for people with weak eye sight to identify the toilet location by using a color easy to see. This technology may be applied to other interiors such as wall, furniture and equipment i.e. a restroom could be totally coordinated and decorated.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
After 3 years of research and technical development, the first wrapped toilets were introduce in 2015 in Sendai City, Japan. The first toilets wrapped were located at Sendai Airport, Sendai Airport Railway Station and the Miyagi Prefecture Library.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Vinyl composite films composed of several very thin layers were developed so the image printed retains its color. Special adhesives are used which ensure the films shall not come off by normal sweeping etc, while also allowing the toilet to be restored to its original condition or new images may be wrapped around the toilet upon request.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 47cmxDepth 65cmxHeight 56cm
Artoletta, Designed toilet, Art toilet, Toilet wrapping
A 3 years of intensive research and experimentation were undertaken for mapping techniques and composite films. Algorithms were developed that allowed works of art, illustrations and photos to be wrapped around toilets without distorting the image. Composite films and adhesives that meet the sanitary requirements of toilet which cause no discoloration nor detachment were also developed.
Given toilets normally have spherical shape, the first challenge was to develop algorithms which ensure the image shall never be distorted when works of art, illustrations and photos are printed on films, then heated and wrapped around toilets.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Taikou juken corporation