I’ve heard of an epiphany toilet, but this one certainly takes the cake. Developed by the German Sanitation Industry in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt- the project, displayed at the ISH in Frankfurt from 12 to 16 March 2013, will also tour from location to location in its element. Responding to responses by peoples detailing their ideal bath/living circumstances- many of which wish for a keen view to nature and one’s surroundings, the inflatable bathroom/living room takes this literally. It offers a thin, transparent, inflated barrier between users and the surrounding environment- offering full views.

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Courtesy of German Sanitation Industry +  Messe Frankfurt- Photographer :  Constantin Meyer, VDS

One critique: it might perhaps be better marketed if it were to be one-directional transparency from inside-out, offering the user a little more privacy. Another is that while the bubble itself may be portable, everything it contains has a certain ‘set-piece, non-portable’ feel to it. It may be geared towards fostering understanding of one’s environment, but it does seem like quite a bit of effort in quest of doing so.

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Courtesy of German Sanitation Industry +  Messe Frankfurt- Photographer :  Constantin Meyer, VDS

Courtesy of German Sanitation Industry +  Messe Frankfurt- Photographer :  Constantin Meyer, VDS

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