Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Guardian: Dyson Airblades or paper towels: which is more hygienic?

I can't believe I missed this article in th Guardian the week before last. It's right up my street as I hate Dyson Airblade hand dryers and simply refuse to use them, principally on my feeling that they were not hygienic (just take a look at the grime build up around the yellow rubber flanges) but also based on their horrotious noise - frankly repugnant.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

First Use of a Toilet

Not wanting to either be a bit disgusting, nor a proud dad, but this was my Son's first poo on the potty. Yesterday he accidentally did a wee and today a number two. Well done him. I was a proud dad as I took a photo. Sorry.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Interesting Dual Sided Urinal

This was an interesting urinal from Armitage Shanks - a dual cavity design with central fin. I believe the idea is to divide the flow one way or the other and prevent this issue that typical flat backed urinal have where the flow rebounds onto the users legs. This worked well. I also suspect it has the additional advantage of giving the more lazy user something to aim at, or make more of a game - "are you a lefty or a righty?".

The sink in this particular facility was less interesting, not an A-S design. The lack of indicator as to which way to turn for hot and cold put me off. The raised rim of the sink body with the shadow depth was displeasing.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Daft Punk Hand Dryers

This from @christreilly on twitter:

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Derby Arms, Yorkshire - most excellent loos

This rather fine bathroom was waiting for me at a recent trip to a good countryside pub - the Derby Arms in Yorkshire, UK. Now I'm not usually one for the fancy above-board sink bowls, thinking of it as something of a fashion fad, but here they worked really well. The round shape was lovely - like an eyeball, revealing the warm wood below with taps which extended beautifully into the very centre of the bowl with an elegant tactile leaver. A win all round.

Even the urinals were elegant and properly laid out, just enough space (nobody likes an overcrowded urinal block) and a proper separator / privacy screen. The floor, in rough poured concrete, countered the elegant curves very well.

An elegant sink - ceramic in marble cutout

I liked this sink, it had a very nice feel with the ceramic bowl apparently exposed by the cavity within the sheet black marble surface. There is a bit of theatre about it, but it works. The tap extended far enough into the bowl to be useful for washing your hands although I didn't appreciate the off centre IR controller. No plug either, but acceptable in a public washroom.