Home-tested designer seat

Much of the work that Lars Herold put into creating the SWAY D designer seat was done at home. He simply installed different seats onto hos home toilet in order to find the best fit.

Pressalit's latest designer seat is called SWAY D. It was created by Lars Herold based on a desire to combine a tight Scandinavian design with soft curves and originality. SWAY D is just as much a decorative element in the bathroom as it is a comfortable toilet seat. It follows current trends of slim, flat seats, but breaks from the norm by introducing a sweeping, feather-light line and an original curved profile in just one look. SWAY D has been launched in all of Pressalit's markets and fits on a range of pans.  

Here designer Lars Herold explains the process behind the unique seat.

What inspired you to create a narrow seat with that sweeping line that characterises the SWAY D?
SWAY D actually started with a request for a slim seat with a contemporary feel. I wanted to give the seat more expression and bring more energy and character into the design. Even though the toilet seat is an everyday item of furniture, which has to last for many years and therefore look timeless, I still believe there is room to add finesse and originality. I went on a search through Pressalit's library of old seats and let myself be inspired by some of the seats that had more of a twist to them and also more curves. This enabled me to combine a minimalist Nordic look with sweeping lines.   

How did you get from idea to concept?
I did several sketches by hand and created both computer-generated 3D models and also handmade full-size foam models. We had around ten models and seven basic concepts that we kept refining to achieve a result that matched the fit of the selected toilet pans, while also taking into account the production conditions - such as the seat having to fit the production press and sander. The entire sketching process took around four weeks.

How do you take into account seat comfort when designing a visually attractive seat? 
There are some rules of thumb for things such as the width of the edge and size of the hole, but I like to test my way forward. SWAY D mustn't just look comfortable, it also has to feel comfortable, and that's why I didn't just rely on my seat drawings to create the final seat. As part of the design process I quite simply brought home a number of seats with different fits and fitted them to our toilet at home, one per week, so that I could test them myself. Towards the end of the design phase, when we cut the 3D models in a block material, these were also tested at home and were subsequently adjusted.

Now that you have reached your ambition of creating SWAY D, what is your next project on the drawing board?
Right now, I am focusing on developing SWAY versions that fit other pans. And I would like to continue my goal of bringing more shape to Scandinavian minimalism. I mean, a toilet seat should be discreet, but should also add expression and sophistication, and I am looking forward to working on this in my future projects for Pressalit.