"Hi-Tech, Hi-Bath" Luminist meets Stefano Giovannoni

TOTO to Participate in the Milano Salone Exhibition Again This Year

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  1. 1.World renown product designer Stefano Giovannoni unveils an artistic world of TOTO’s original hybrid epoxy resin*1 LUMINIST.
  2. 2.Following last year’s success with NeorestX, TOTO will introduce NeorestA, which has gained popularity in Japan, to Europe for the first time.*2

Stefano Giovannoni Profile

Stefano Giovannoni

Encounter with LUMINIST in 2006 inspires Giovannoni to collaborate with TOTO at the Milano Salone

Stefano Giovannoni, born in La Spezia in 1954, graduated in Architecture in Florence in 1978, currently, he lives and works in Milan. From 1979 to 1991 he has been teaching and doing research in the Florence Faculty of Architecture; he has been master-professor at Domus Academy in Milan, at the del Progetto in Reggio Emilia and professor in Industrial Design at the University of Architecture in Genova.

He has been not only working as an architect but also an industrial-designer and an interior-designer, especially specializing in plastic products. He has collaborated with companies like Alessi, Cedderoth, Deborah, Fiat, Flos, Hannstar, Helit, Henkel, Kokuyo, Inda, Laufen, Lavazza, Magis, Oras, Oregon Scientific, Seiko, Siemens, 3M, etc. He designed very successful commercial products such as, for Alessi, the “Girotondo"and “Mami" series, the plastic products, “Il BagnoAlessi"and the “Bombo" series for Magis. In 1980 he won the “Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition"award, with Kisho Kurokawa as judge, and the “Concorso per una Piazza a Santa Croce sull’Arno" award. In 1985 he won the second prize at the “Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition" with Tadao Ando as judge.

In 1989 he won the “Concorso per la ristrutturazione del centro storico di Castel di Sangro"award together with Andrea Branzi and Remo Buti. In 1991 he designed the Italian Pavilion at the exhibition “Les Capitales Europeennes du nouveau design"at the Centre George's Pompidou.

Some of his projects have received the “Design Plus"award at the Frankfurt Fair-Ambiente 1994, 1996 and 2003; the 1997 "100% Design"award in London; the “Forum Design Hannover"award in 1999; the “ISH"2003 award, and have been selected "Compasso d' Eoro"in 1996 and 1998.

His works are part of the permanent archive of Centre Georges Pompidou and of MOMA collection (New York).
(November 2006)

TOTO Corporate Overview

TOTO Milestones

1917 Toyo Toki Co., LTD., (today, TOTO LTD.) is established and commences production of sanitary ware.
1946 Manufacturing of faucets and metal fittings begins.
1958 Manufacturing of bathtubs begins.
1980 Washlet, a warm-water personal cleaning system with a heated seat, is launched.
1981 Manufacturing of modular kitchens begins.
1990 TOTO KIKI USA, INC., a sales subsidiary, is established.
1995 TOTO (China) CO., LTD., is established as a regional headquarters to coordinate sales and manufacturing activities in China.
2005 TOTO debuts at the Milano Salone 2005.

Sales Offices & Plants:

199 (Japan) 30 (12 countries)
(As of 2005)
Wash stand displaying a combination of the matte ceramic-like PARFAIT counter and semi-transparent wash basin made of TOTO’s original epoxy resin LUMINIST, featuring excellent permeability, toughness, and heat resistance.
LUMINIST kitchen counter
Frame kitchen featuring a beautiful and strong LUMINIST counter
NEOREST A (toilet with warm water washing function)
NEOREST is the realization of an ideal. It is the ultimate combination of simple-shaped beauty and inspired technology, incorporating an integrated Washlet feature in an all-in-one unit.

Aqua-Auto heralds a revolutionary new development in automatic faucets. It features a sensor tip installed on the very end of the faucet. This radical change in design ensures that the water will come on every time a user approaches, and delivers the water at just the right place to the hands. The result is a beautiful, clean design suitable for the latest in washstand fashions.
WASHLET SG (toilet seat with warm water washing function)
Washlets are the next generation of toilet fixtures from TOTO. The Washlet uses soothing warm flow of aerated water. Nature’s most gentle and essential element. Purifying. Relaxing. Quite simply, the epitome of clean. The evolution of clean.