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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

China talent has designs on smallest rooms

Financial Times
May 30, 2011

Luxury goods manufacturers have long tailored products from cars to jeans for affluent Chinese consumers. Now, Chinese tastes are beginning to influence the design of the products the rest of the world buys – including toilets.

Take the $6,400 “smart” toilet from Kohler, for example. The global plumbing fixtures company designed its top of the line “Numi” toilet in the US and China. While the Numi is targeted at US and Chinese consumers, it has several features inspired primarily by China’s entertainment- obsessed consumers – not to mention their cold loos.


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