For the man who has everything – Toilets have been re-imagined in a number of outrageous ways throughout the years. This picture, taken in Hong Kong, shows a solid gold and gem-encrusted toilet valued at 38,000,000 million Hong Kong dollars (4.8 million USD).
The future has arrived – The TOTO AC (Actlight) Washlet with self cleaning technology, pictured, has a toilet bowl covered with a special zirconium coating. The UV light integrated in the lid combines with the zirconium coating to trigger a decomposition process, making a toilet brush unnecessary.
Two's company – New Models/New Designs (What will the bathroom of the future be like?) - Alex Schweder, 'Bi-Bardon', 2001.
Part of the show – Gold colored urinals are seen in the men's bathroom at The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. The now famous Robot Restaurant opened two years ago in Kabukicho area of Shinjuku at an estimated cost of 10 million U.S. dollars.
Face to face – Urinals in the toilets at the 'Rosenmeer' restaurant in the western German city of Moenchengladbach are pictured. The urinals in the shape of a mouth, created by Dutch designer Meike van Schijndel, were criticized for being offensive to women.
Too pretty to use? – An old toilet is displayed during the 'Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future' exhibition at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition focuses on how the toilet has changed our daily lives and discovers what the most environment-friendly and ideal toilet is.
Rhinestone cowboy – Who wouldn't want a blinged-out toilet seat? A toilet decorated with crystal rhinestones is displayed with during the 'Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future' exhibition.
An alternative vision – 'Mark 5', a conceptual space toilet, is displayed during the 'Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future' exhibition.
A dazzling experience – Technology enters the home - Sanyo's Ultrasonic Bath and Washing Machine, Osaka World Fair, Japan, 1970
Getting in the mood – The beautification of the home (softening of the aesthetic) - Luigi Colani, bathroom series for Villeroy & Boch, 1975.
The good old days – The Rise of Flush water closet - 'The Dolphin', 1888. Reproduced in J. L. Mott Iron Works, New York.