Just last night we listened to a lecture by Charles Jencks, who invented the term "adhocism", "the art of living and doing things ad hoc- using materials at hand, rather than waiting for the perfect moment or "proper" approach. As a principle of design, it begins with everyday improvisations, such as bottles for candle holders and tractor seats on wheels for dining chairs."
Professor Jencks would probably love this toilet themed restaurant in Taipei. It was inspired by a Japanese cartoon featuring rest room images; the toilet themes run through the food and drinks menus. We hope, for this one time only, that the furniture was not recycled.
The video is in chinese but still worth watching, only 22 seconds.
"Customers eat from mini plastic toilet bowls. They wipe their hands and mouths using toilet rolls hung above their tables, which may be glass-topped jumbo bathtubs.
"Most customers will bring their cameras in because the place is quite special," said Yang Chung-chi, a manager at the restaurant in north Taipei.
"It's really unusual, so special that it doesn't gross me out," said Betty Tsai, 16, a Taipei high school sophomore trying Modern Toilet for the first time on a friend's recommendation.
But for a few customers, the toilet humor is too much.
"My son thought it was disgusting and didn't know if he could finish his food," said Taipei mother Lin Li-ju.