Designer Yuji Yoshioka and Japanese plumbing brand Toto received the Red Dot Design Award 2023 in the nomination « Industrial design. Bathroom and plumbing equipment ». Success brought them a detached Flotation bath.
The inner surface has a bending log: they allow a person to take the Zero Dimension pose, in which the muscles experience minimal mechanical stress, and thus experience almost the same sensations as astronauts in zero gravity. Studies have shown that a pose reduces the activity of that part of the brain that performs a language function. Swimming has a therapeutic effect. Air and water massage jets create soothing, relaxing whirlpools. The height-adjusted headrest and built-in cascading shower, warming shoulders and neck, provide additional comfort.
The dynamic shape gives this bath a modern look and emphasizes the similarity with a ship or boat. The LED backlight in the base visually raises the entire volume above the floor. — Toto’s patented composite with marble on. It is resistant to pollution and retains heat for a long time.
The jury’s opinion is as follows: «The van is impressive with a high-quality design in which elegant aesthetics is combined with intuitive functionality ». Like other winner works, it will be exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen (Germany) until May 30, 2021.