Why Do Showers Point Down Instead of Up?

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Yet another lovely design from Anrina Komarova and Yanko, just like every other rain shower in every jazzy bathroom, never responding to the question that anyone who ever read Alexander Kira's bathroom book would ask, which is "why do showers point down?"

As Kira put it delicately in reviews of his 1975 book, modern bathrooms lack "facilities for perineal hygiene," meaning bidets. Time Magazine also noted that some 275,000 people in the U.S. are injured each year while using ill-designed tubs and showers.

Showers should be larger, have continuous wrap-around grab-bars and different-shaped handles located away from the water source so that the soap-blinded bather can adjust water temperatures by feel.

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In an earlier post, I made a plea for Japanese showers.

You sit on a stool with a wooden bucket and ladle, soap and a sponge, and in the more modern showers, a hand shower that is used when needed for rinsing and never left on to run into the drain. Sitting while you shower is safer and I found a lot more relaxing; having no water running meant that I could take as long as I wanted. I would do a very careful and extended job of it and was squeaky clean by the time I got into the tub, yet probably used less water than any shower I have had in North America.

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Really, we can do better than this, and can think about where the dirt is, about where our water comes from and how much is used, rather than just having it pour down on our heads.

But it is better than Time Magazine's vision of the future bathroom in 1975:

A big step toward civilized johnmanship is the "AD 2000 Comfort Control Center," a prototype built by Olsonite of Detroit. Mounted on a conventional toilet, it provides a tilting, vibrating back, reading light, ashtray, radio, TV, tuner and bidet attachment. To bring the bathroom back into the family--and vice versa--a West German firm has designed a Wohnbad, or living bath, to be shared by all. It boasts chairs, rugs, paintings, sun lamps and hair dryers, TV, bookshelves, sauna, telephone, refrigerator, bar and coffee maker. It does not stock Latin poetry, but the toilet paper has English-language lessons printed on it.

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