"The bathroom is slowly changing" says Paul Flowers in Grohe talk | Virtual Design Festival | Dezeen



Paul Flowers, chief design officer of water technology brand Lixil, discusses the latest trends in bathroom design in this talk produced by Dezeen for today’s Grohe x VDF collaboration.

Future bathrooms will incorporate touchless technologies to make them more hygienic while toilets could analyse people’s dietary deficiencies and suggest ideas for healthier eating,

“Toilets in the future may have sensors that can tell the consumers what their dietary inefficiencies are,” said Flowers, who heads the design team for the Japanese group that owns brands including INAX, Grohe and American Standard.

“Toilets could even make menu recommendations, and perhaps even order stuff from supermarkets.”

Speaking to Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, Flowers explained that the coronavirus pandemic was creating a new demand for bathroom fittings that use sensors so that users don’t have to touch surfaces.

“We’ve seen huge interest in the last eight, nine weeks with Covid-19 for consumers looking at sensor technologies, hands-free technologies,” he says in the video interview, which Dezeen filmed remotely using videoconferencing application Zoom.

According to Flowers, the appetite for touch-free bathroom fittings is increasing as workers prepare to return to offices after periods of time spent working from home.

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