World's Worst Hot Tub
I give these young men all due credit for enterprise and effort, but this is just a disaster waiting to happen. Even if the tub can take the heat the temperature is unregulated, the tub is poorly supported, and it looks like everyone in this picture has been drinking for quite some time. Official verdict: BAD IDEA.
Perhaps the most terrifying urinal we've ever seen
This urinal is actually semi-public. It belongs to a private museum in Oslo, Norway. But who could have possibly thought this was a Good Idea?
Thanks for the photo go to blogger Bjornfree (www.bjornfree.com).
A toilet that can "read" your urine?!?
This is the Flowsky smart toilet from (where else?) Japan. Along with a laundry list of functions, it can track a user's flow rate and volume, and tell you if your health is possibly at risk.
Is this a Good Idea? On the one hand, this strikes me as too much like visiting WebMD for every ache, pain or sniffle. On the other hand, in counties with an aging population such as Japan (and, pretty soon, the U.S.), it can never hurt to have advance warning of possible problems. What do you think?
Thanks to the Daily Mail for their coverage of the Flowsky toilet.
Is the Foaming Showerhead a Good Idea?
New from Japan--a country which always seems to be coming up with new ideas for the bathroom--is this foaming showerhead. Push a button and the spray automatically mixes with soap to produce a thick, clinging foam. Push another and you're back to regular water to rinse it off. Dramatic stuff, but it it a Good Idea?
Toilets popping up everywhere!
So is this a good idea? Say you have an area of town with a lot of bars and on the weekend it has a problem with public urination. What you're looking at is a stainless steel, self-cleaning, pop-up urinal; stays under the street 5-6 days of the week, but on the weekend it rises from the ground to accommodate the crowds.
Problem is, at least one has caused an accident. A moped hit one in Amsterdam while half risen, went spinning through the air and struck a passer-by causing serious injury! (Read about it here, and see a video of one activating here.)
Is a folding toilet such a good idea?
The Iota folding toilet utilizes a moveable bowl that is lifted up after use, initiating a 2.5 liter (0.6 gallon) gush of water from the top, which helps to transfer wastewater into the now-connected outlet pipe.
The inventors claim that it can reduce water use by as much as 50 percent -- and it's certainly space-efficient. But how well will it hold up over time? How hard is it to clean? And what about accommodating heavier homeowners? If anyone has an experience with these, please reach out and let me know. Thanks to Treehugger (www.treehugger.com) for the image.
Now here's a water-saving approach that turns your bathroom into a miniature ecosystem. Water from the shower and the washbasin is filtered through several stages including rushes, reeds, floating water hyacinths and a carbon filter.
We're all for saving water, but for the space it takes up and the obvious maintenance required we have to ask, is this a Good Idea? What do you think?
The suicide showerhead
Suicide showers, also known as “widow makers,” are showers where the water is heated in the shower head rather than the traditional method of being fed from a centralized hot water tank.
They're actually fairly common in some parts of South America and east Asia. Poor installation combined with faulty wiring can cause a shower of sparks when the heating element shorts out. And yes, there are reports of people being killed. We're just going to go ahead and say this is a BAD idea.
Marine mine bathtub
Mati Karmin is an Estonian artist who takes Soviet-era marine mines from the Gulf of Finland and turns them into bed frames, armchairs, toilets and even bathtubs.
I admit it's a great way to reuse material, and the end products are fantastic conversation-starters, but is this really a good idea?
Steampunk is an esthetic that tries to bring 19th-century style into the modern age. But is this a good idea? While the copper piping is impressive, the overhead tank could be difficult to service, and who wants to lean back onto pipes when they're sitting on the toilet? Credit for the picture goes to user Klokateer on the social media site Reddit.
The bathtub recliner?
This bathtub has a sectioned insert that acts as a built-in recliner. It even includes a small stand and reading light.
We're going to go with "good idea" for this one, but only because we're fans of reading in the tub.
And if anyone out there knows the manufacturer of this bathtub, please reach out to [email protected] - our best internet sleuthing has been unable to track them down (although we suspect Germany as the country of origin).
Dining room hot tub
So everyone has just finished dinner. You're all relaxed, the conversation is flowing. What better time for a dip in the hot tub? Thanks again to lightersideofrealestate.com.
Toilet-washing machine hybrid
This hybrid toilet-washing machine is a space- and water-saving design idea from Turkey called the Washup. While it's a genuine green solution for people living in tight urban apartments, we still have to ask, is this a good idea? Photo courtesy of Fahad Inc.
Bathe in Darth Vader's tears
What to get the Star Wars fan who has everything? How about this Darth Vader handheld shower head from Oxygenics?
I'm honestly on the fence about this. One part of me thinks it's cool, another part thinks it could be a little creepy. What do you think? Is this a Good Idea?
Is this a bathroom with a breakfast nook...
The toilet-sink or Saqua combines the functions of a toilet and a sink in a single, minimalist package.
While the name might take a little getting used to, we are going to go ahead and call this a Good Idea. It allows the homeowner to reuse the water from the basin for later use in the toilet, allowing a saving of over 3,000 liters per person per year.
The armchair toilet
The Toléchic armchair toilet from Very Chic can be fitted with a Kohler or Toto brand toilet. It uses Crypton fabric — easy to clean and disinfect — and even comes with a coordinating accent pillow.
Roca Cocoon Shower Stall
The Roca Cocoon Shower Stall is equipped with the usual spa accoutrements: shower, bath, hydro massagers and, of course, mood lighting. And it certainly makes a design statement. On the other hand, it seems to not make the best use of the space.
What do you think -- is this a Good Idea?
The aquarium toilet tank
Okay, we admit it's an interesting design choice -- but is it a good idea? Won't guests in the home be worried that if they flush they might be sending an entire tank of fish down the drain?
Many thanks to the people at Good Home Design for the pic.
Ultimate video gamer bathroom
Now plenty of people take their smartphones to the bathroom, but when you're a hardcore gamer that tiny screen just won't cut it.
Behold the solution introduced at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany: a bathroom with built-in flatscreens and state-of-the-art controllers. On the downside, privacy seems to be lacking. But on the upside there's no need to stop play for bathroom breaks!
But is this a Good Idea?
Is the barf sink about to go mainstream?
Reddit user ThangCZ
We've have previously featured another barf sink here at the Is This a Good Idea? gallery -- but nothing so elaborate as this. Note the raised pedestal, the tile work, the grip bars, the concealed plumbing (you can just make out the flushing mechanism at the top of the photo).
That's a lot of work to go to. Had cleaning up after vomiting customers become that serious a problem? Was installing a barf sink seen as a serious, practical convenience? Is this, in the final analysis, A Good Idea?!?
Okay, we admit, this looks like a pretty sweet set-up. Still, is a fireplace — even a gas-fired fireplace — really a good idea for the bathroom?
Presenting the drum kit bathroom sink!
This photo was sent to us by Greg Chick, a plumber working at Ramona's Plumber who writes, "My web partner and I are drummers. He sent me this (as they say in drumming) trap set -- ironic, as they actually have traps!"
We are going to go out on a limb and say this is actually a pretty good idea for all the plumber/drummers out there!
The Main Drain home urinal
So say you have a household that has just had the "For god's sake, put the toilet seat back down when you're done!" argument one too many times. Or say you're fitting out your man cave and want the urinal experience, but balk at the urinal price tag. Well, the Main Drain is a simple solution. It attaches directly to the conventional toilet in seconds and requires minimal cleaning.
The Guitar Pee urinal
The Guitar Pee urinal is designed to create beautiful music: simply pee into the urinal and the sensor mounted strings produce different notes which then resonate through wall mounted speakers. Oh, and you can even download an MPEE3 (ha!) of your efforts. You’ll have to go to São Paolo to experience it. It’s the work of Brazilian agency, AlmapBBDO.
Okay, this is pretty cool. But when the cool factor wears off and you have to live with it a few years? Maybe, maybe not. Photo from this year's ISH show.
The Barf Sink
The barf sink had its start in Asia where the drinking culture involves a lot of obligatory toasting to show proper respect. They've started popping up in some parts of Europe (the German word is "Spielbecken"), and even at some bars in California (we're looking at you, Boiling Point in Irvine!).
But two questions remain: First, what are the liability issues for a bar that actually installs a barf sink? Aren't you admitting to over-serving your clientele?
And second, is it a good idea? Thanks to user ____Reddit____ on the social media site Reddit for the pic.
The beer keg urinal
A little work with the cutting torch, an off-the shelf flushometer, and some enterprising soul has created the ultimate recycling icon: the beer keg urinal. We're going to say this is a good idea for a bar, an okay idea for your man cave, and probably a bad idea for your home. Thanks to user dierythmus on the social media site Reddit.
So there's nothing too unusual about the trough-style urinal. (They can even be pretty efficient for crowded venues.) This one, however, includes a headrest, presumably for the more intoxicated patrons.