The Museum Of The City Of New York is hosting an exhibition that is focused on showcasing innovation designs for compact interior living spaces from Jan 23 through Sep 15 2013. Increasingly New York City, and many other large cities around the world, face the need to provide housing for a population with constantly shifting demographics. Currently, the demographics of these very large cities are moving toward a rising number of single people and subsequently the increased demand for living spaces that will meet the needs of young single professionals. To address this change the “Making Room: New Models of Housing for New Yorkers” was developed. Through the combined efforts of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, the Architectural League of New York, the Bloomberg administration and many talented designers and architects, there are now models, drawing and templates on display that will help to meet the upcoming needs of the citizenry of New York.
The exhibit’s centerpiece is a 325 square foot micro-apartment that offers the most ingenious designs for maximizing the utility of space constrained urban living. As a wonderful part of this exhibit, Duravit has brought big design to the micro-apartment living sector with the introduction of its Starck series designed by Philippe Starck. The Starck drop-in tub maximizes aesthetic value within its compact 60″ by 30″ size. The Starck 3 elongated toilet utilizes a wall hung design to give the illusion of greater space, while the SensoWash® shower-toilet seat adds that extra touch of luxury. I’m not certain if this is just a modern shower-toliet seat or a luxury product designed to perform for the international space station. This shower-toilet seat has individual, intuitive wireless controls for temperature, water and toilet seat surface. It also incorporates a child safety function, differentiated gender specific washing options, power saving mode and an LED nightlight. What more could anyone ask for from a toilet seat?
Clearly someone was looking to incorporate rocket science into the micro-apartment bathroom options. Perhaps this is luxury design at its finest. Tim Schroeder, the President of Duravit USA, states that, “One of the pillars of the Duravit brand is innovation. We’re excited that we can contribute to a project that is as forward-thinking and inventive as we strive to be with our products.”