It is one of the most pressing environmental problems of our time and yet largely unknown: The pollution of our waters by
nitrogen. The renowned Viennese design studio EOOS has developed the revolutionary prototype of a toilet for urine separation (urine trap), which offers a systemic design solution to fight the global nitrogen problem.
The official Austrian contribution to the XXII. Triennale di Milano 2019 Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival (triennale.org, brokennature.org, 1 March – 1 September 2019) presents the urine trap in a flush toilet developed together with the Swiss ceramics manufacturer
LAUFEN, and embedded in a multimedia installation (by Process Studio, Vienna, with a light display by Zumtobel) that illustrates
the ecological interaction of coastal waters, sewage systems and agriculture. The EOOS exhibition shows the contribution the
urine separation toilet can make to the repair of the nitrogen cycle and thus to the preservation of the ecological boundaries
of our planet.
The project is based on research by Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, for the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, and EOOS is responsible for the design of the urine trap. As an internationally active design studio working
for brands such as Adidas, Armani, bulthaup, Walter Knoll, LAUFEN, Herman Miller, Zumtobel, i.a., EOOS has been dedicated
to projects in social and sustainable design since several years - most recently at the International Architecture Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia 2016 or the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017. The official Austrian contribution to the XXII. Triennale di Milano 2019 was commissioned by MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna and financed by the Federal Chancellery of Austria.
Commissioner Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, General Director and Artistic Director, MAK Curator Marlies Wirth, Curator Digital Culture and Design Collection, MAK Concept, Design, and Installation EOOS Animation and Graphic Design Process Studio Urine Trap Toilet LAUFEN Light Display Zumtobel Funding Federal Chancellery of Austria MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna Support Tove Larsen (Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) Austrian Cultural Forum Milan LAUFEN Zumtobel