Earlier this year, Kohler introduced the Numi toilet, the most advanced toilet we’ve ever created. It’s truly a stunning work of art and design, and this quickly led to a dilemma: where do we feature such a stylish toilet?
We searched the world for the most iconic places, from remote ruins to urban landmarks, and finally settled on one of the most famous pieces of architecture in American history: the Case Study 22 House (aka Stahl House).
Set in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California, the Stahl house offers panoramic views of southern California, inspired by the owner Buck Stahl’s statement “I don’t care how you do it, there’s not going to be any walls in this wing.”
Built in 1959 by Pierre Koenig, the home was designed as part of Art & Architecture Magazine’s Case Study program which set out to develop affordable, modern houses from 1945 – 1962.
And affordable it was…the now iconic home cost less than $14,000 to build. Koenig’s cantilevered design dramatically hangs at the edge of the hill, and with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, provides a completely unobstructed view.
So it’s no wonder the home has been dubbed “the most photographed home in the world”. In the early 1960s, the famous architectural photographer Julius Shulman helped propel the home to fame with his classic 1960′s black-and-white photos of the seemingly “floating” living room.
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)
Since that time, the home has remained a landmark of sleek, modern design, serving as the backdrop in photography, art, fashion, film, and now our very own Numi toilet.
And so it becomes clear, what better place to shoot our most iconic and advanced toilet than in one of the world’s most iconic and modern homes.