Strange Combo

I keep telling myself it shouldn’t be strange. The water from the tap is obviously not going to be water coming from the toilet bowl, but for whatever reason my mind creates strange associations when I look at this toilet-sink combo.

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It’s actually the realization of a really cool idea — saving space and saving water at the same time.

Profile™ is the first of its kind to feature a unique, dual-flush push button and spout arrangement that saves the water normally used when hands are washed in a separate basin. The flush cycle activation controls the flow of fresh water through the basin spout, allowing time for thorough hand washing before the same water fills the cistern tank. Award-winning Smartflush® technology is also built-in for ultra low 4.5/3L flushing.

I’ve lived in some flats that would have felt a lot less cramped with one of these in the bathroom, but…but it’s so odd.

(via LivingHome)

9 Responses to “Strange Combo”

  1. Twistie October 3, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    It’s really quite ingenious, when you think about it.

    The problem I keep running up against, though, is the fact that I like to face the sink square on when I’m washing my hands, and the only way to do that with this combination would be to straddle the toilet in a most disconcerting manner.

    Yes, my brain is riddled with unsavory and slightly bizarre images on a daily basis. Why do you ask?

  2. Jennie October 3, 2008 at 12:01 pm #

    There is a wonderful offset model where the sink basin is 45 degrees to the side so you can face the sink. Australia is leading the green movement in water saving technology due to their own water shortages. I have an entire green presentation that I give at various home shows. What’s going to be available at reasonable prices is awesome! Getting US codes changed to allow these water saving devices is the next step. And getting Americans to embrace these technologies! (Gray water collection and use for example.)

  3. class-factotum October 4, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    Twistie, exactly! My first thought was that I would have to straddle the toilet, too!

  4. cari October 4, 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    I don’t think it’s the FIRST model… It might be the first to market this concept in the U.S., but my apartment in Japan had one of these. You can buy special air fresheners that sit in the drain of the sink and are activated by the water flowing over them! Also, the toilet was small and the sink was low, so Twistie, you can just lean!

  5. Never teh Bride October 6, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    Twistie and class-factotum: But if you were a fellow, you could wash and pee at the same time!

    Jennie: I’d honestly love this toilet and sink combo because the main bathroom in my house is small. The toilet is wedged in between the sink and the wall, and I’ve often feared what might happen if I were to gain any weight. It wouldn’t do to get stuck.

    cari: It’s actually the first of its kind in Australia, or so the company claims. I haven’t seen hide nor hair of these in the U.S. Good to know that the technology has caught on somewhere, though. I eagerly await the day the combo toilet comes to my country!

  6. Zigi333 October 6, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    These things have been around for years in Japan. It is uncommon to find toilets without this design here. In my opinion Australia has been way to slow to pick up this technology.

  7. Never teh Bride October 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    And the U.S. has been even slower, I’m sad to say.

  8. jhhyyd November 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    The US does have them.. in prisons.

  9. Never teh Bride November 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Hmmm, right you are, jhhyyd!