Re-thinking the toilet stool.
Starting from scratch
Our goal was to rethink the entire product category of toilet stools - from a pure design and user perspective. The new "stuul" should combine the benefits of a conventional toilet stool with the visual appeal of a modern design object.
The renowned and multiple award-winning product designer Ralph C. Bremenkamp did a fantastic job in terms of selecting the material and designing the object.
We wanted to use a material that was as light as possible and clearly stood out from the plastic bowls of the competition.
Dissolving the typical shape of a stool
The real achievement, however, was to completely dissolve the shape of the stool by making it two-piece, thus breaking the mostly negative chains of association that arise when looking at a conventional toilet stool.
While at the sight of a commercial toilet stool one usually immediately thinks further and wonders from which intestinal diseases the owner probably suffers, one does not recognize the actual intended purpose at first sight when looking at our stuul.
You see a kind of design object and wonder at most what purpose it might have.
Finding the right material
We then found what we were looking for in EPP. EPP stands for "expanded polypropylene" and has numerous unique properties. For example, it consists of over 90 percent air and so always attains room temperature.
Our high tech material is warm, soft, neutral to the skin and unaffected by exposure to most chemicals. It also has a very high strength-toweigh ratio, withstands impacts without damage and won’t leave any scratch marks on the floor.
The rich form, texture and surface shaping is interesting to look at from all angles and it purposefully underlines its innovative character. We are pushing the boundaries set by manufacturing restrictions ensuring a premium look and feel as well as a long lasting quality.