Toilet Break




Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm, Thu 10am - 9pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Free Event


A subterranean hub – featuring two exhibitions and a series of debates – to explore the potential of shit and how we might re-evaluate our most primordial activity. With new work by design studio Takram and The Shit Museum’s latest collection. On the occasion of the launch of Dirty Furniture: Toilet

Design has worked for decades to keep the subject of our most primordial activity, and the material that results from it, firmly off topic. Is it time for us to address this silence? Can design make shit socially acceptable in order to realise shit’s potential? Design magazine Dirty Furniture and The Shit Museum (Italy) come together for the London Design Festival to present a subterranean hub – featuring two exhibitions and a series of debates – called Toilet Break. Showing The Shit Museum's latest collection and an installation that functions as a debating chamber in a show entitled Primordial Products, and a provocative exhibition, On The Go, curated by Dirty Furniture, with a new commission by Lukas Franciszkiewicz of London-Tokyo design studio Takram. On the occasion of the launch of Dirty Furniture issue 3 – Toilet.

Toilet Break Debates
Book a seat at one of our Toilet Break Debates to hear design’s best thinkers and practitioners speak on that which is so rarely spoken about.

Saturday 17 September

3pm, Shit into Gold
Can design meet the challenge of transforming shit into objects of value?
Chair: Cat Rossi (Kingston University)
Speakers: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (designer), Luca Cipelletti (The Shit Museum)

4pm, Stubborn as…
Can the design of the toilet (and its infrastructure) change?
Chair: Dirty Furniture
Speakers: Peter Codling (designer), Fernanda Costa (Loowatt)

Saturday 24 September

3pm, Public Inconvenience
Public toilets are in decline, but do we need them?
Chair: Shumi Bose (architecture curator & critic)
Speakers: Owen Hatherley (architecture critic), Natalie D Kane (futurist)

4pm: Ladies and Gents
Are gender-neutral toilets the answer?
Chair: Dirty Furniture
Speakers: Jo-Anne Bichard (Helen Hamlyn Centre), Gail Ramster (Great British Toilet Map)

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