The design and technology nexus have transformed the non-descript flush-plate bringing about a loo revolution.
As the design and technology nexus continues to spread its net across all aspects of home planning and creation, bathrooms won’t be left behind. And once bathrooms are in the fray, why would the humble toilet flush be forgotten in the revolution?
This function of the washroom will of course remain discreet and aesthetically-placed, like it has been for decades now. The winding pipes will snake away from sight, and no spills or trails will be visible. But now, the flush-plate – the only visible part of the flushing apparatus in most modern bathrooms – is getting the spotlight of designer attention. In short, big changes are a-coming!
Product catalogues now are replete with flush-plates of various colours, designs and surface finishes.
While choosing one for the bathroom, consumers often mull over how easy these options are to clean and maintain (no one likes those unseemly water spots!), and if they will be durable. The safest bets are usually the well-known brands, and Swiss firm, Geberit, and the Germany-based company, Viega, come up tops in the most-trusted list in this category.
To keep up with the times and the sophisticated home-owner demands, these companies have brought out flush-plates with glass surfaces that are non-touch in character. Robert Hardgrove, Viega’s Technical Manager (Strategic Projects), explains the advent of such flush-plates by stating that a contemporary flush-plate should offer aesthetics along with user-friendliness.
It is no wonder these innovative fixtures are trending. Non-touch flush-plates are sleek and smartly rule out the possibility of unhygienic surfaces near the toilet. Moreover, with the help of customised panelling, consumers can control the amount of water that gets used up in flushing, making this system highly water-efficient.
Odour is another washroom possibility that demands innovative design intervention. The home-accessories market has also witnessed the arrival of flushing systems that have inbuilt odour-removal features.
The Geberit DuoFresh odour extraction unit is one such item – it helps arrest the smell right within the ceramic confines of the commode. Such a system can also be installed separately under the flush-plate.
The sensor-sensitive flush-plates operate on electricity or rely on battery cells, and are assured to use up minimal energy. In the case of Viega’s Sensitive Flush Plate for example, 7,000 flushes are guaranteed on a 4 standard-round-cell battery run.
Mind you, these flush-plates won’t be handicapped without power supply. They come with a mechanical back-up that can be used in case of power failure.
These smart flush-plates will no doubt transform the bathroom experience. Expect not just fresh, fragrant, and germ-free environs, but also water-efficiency that was earlier difficult to achieve.
By Latika Payak