April 1, 2004
Dramatic new products for our most basic household activities.
Mint green tiles, massaging showerheads, garbage disposals, no-wax vinyl floors: it’s been a long time since these items were state-of-the-art bathroom and kitchen products, but they created the kind of iconic images that still spring to mind when we think of these rooms. The bathroom and kitchen have been transformed from simple utilitarian spaces to dramatic settings for the domestic rituals we like to linger over. As illustrated by this selection—which includes a translucent plastic brick of a tub and a clock that gives the weather report and projects the time—designers and manufacturers continue to surprise us with products that are novel in detail and function.