Thank you very much for the great number of the works
submitted for the competition this time sponsored by TOTO
Co. The total number of the works adds up to 369 works
from as many as 53 countries. Wefd like to inform you
here that the strict and fair examination of these submitted
works was made by Masayuki Kurokawa, the chief judge and
Yukio Shibata, the General Manager of the Industrial Design
Center of TOTO LTD.
Masayuki Kurokawa (Architect)
We received a number of intriguing ideas. The only one
work for the Grand Prix Prize and the only three works
for the Prize for Excellent Works were selected from
among far more than 1000 registration presented from
all over the world. The work that won the Grand Prix
gives us the impression of overwhelming intensity with
its shocking contrast created between the darkness of
charcoal and the shining stool. It evokes the memories
buried in Japanese traditions or the bare images of
natural woods. Its use of the special nature of the
materials for the design of the restroom( bathroom)
is excellent, too.
One of the three works that won the Prize For Excellent
Works took up the technique that makes the bathroom-space
assimilated with the wall having come to be a set of
special furniture. Another of the three surprised us
with its tricks by means of opening and closing of its
elaborated round partitions. The other one enjoyed us
with its interesting transformation of a urinal into
a stool and vice-versa. Though the way of its presentation
may have helped it to catch our attention, its furniture-like
impression of the transformation of the stool comes
from its neat image-processes.
The standard for the evaluations of the works set by
TOTO LTD. and the Competition Organizer was as follows.
1: It put more stress on the images of the toilet space
as a whole than the designs of toilet equipment.
2: It should be realistic rather than Si-fi dreams.
3: It put more stress on psychological and physiological
natures than the functions.
4: It put more stress on the feeling than its reason
5: It put an importance on the nature of the Ideas concerning
the forms (whether they are the ideas about equipment
or the ideas about toilet space- designs, etc.)
Yukio ShibataiTOTO LTD. Industrial Design Center,
Thank you very much for your participation in the competition,
eThe Restroom For 21st. Centuryf.
And let me confess that the selection of the good works
was a very difficult task because most of them were
almost equally excellent. Some of the works were realistic.
Other works were a kind of dreamy suggestions. As was
mentioned in the details for application, we put the
stress on the ideas about the restrooms for the 21st.
Century, which turn over the conventional concepts.
We could not, however, take up the works that are too
dreamy or unrealistic.
Accordingly the standard for the judgment on the works
was that they should be based on new concepts but at
the same time, they should be realistic. The work that
won the Grand Prix was excellent not only from the viewpoint
of its design but from the practical point of view with
the possibility of its future commercialization.
The selection of the works for the Prize for Excellent
Works was made with such points as their degree of completion,
their uniqueness of the ideas and their assimilation
with the architectures taken into consideration. We
are going to keep holding the competitions like this
( with different themes ) in the future, so please participate
in the future competitions again.
We hope these competitions will help the designers
all over the world to elevate the qualities of their