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September 25, 2015

Guilty Pleasures: Chasing Indoor Waterfalls

Dean Kissick wants to slip and slide indoors

  • Written by Dean Kissick

When Frank Lloyd-Wright was given an outcrop of rock on a river as the site to build a family holiday home, neither client nor architect expected Fallingwater to become the icon it is today. Often considered the finest residential building in America, dense concrete slabs hang over a crystal-clear waterfall in the forests of Pennsylvania. It is a triumph of modernism, and just as much a celebration of the cascade beneath as it is of building design. The plunging intrigue of waterfalls has drawn man for millennia: some Amazonian cultures believed waterfalls could transport you to another dimension; in bygone swashbuckler days, sparkling grottos behind waterfalls provided secret smuggling stashes. In 1995, TLC advised a whole generation, “Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls.” We disagree: go get them. Chase them at every available opportunity. To start, here are five you can take home.

kohler shower

Kohler shower
Argentina’s Iguazú Falls plummet along 2.7 kilometres of a rainforested island chain, whilst Angel Falls plunges an 807 metre sheer drop from the top of a Venezuelan plateau. Waterfalls and the warm pools that collect under them are nature’s shower rooms; as suited to a cleansing scrub as they are to a soft porn shoot. For those of us not fortunate enough to have a tropical rainforest on our doorstep, why not just install one in the shower? Kohler create cascading sheets of water that will wake you up dramatically and wash away your worries like a flood.

aqua fall

Midwest Tropical AquaFall
Few things say Bond Villain as effectively as a modernist waterfall in your bedroom. Companies such as Midwest Tropical specialise in standalone indoor water features, all rippling surfaces illuminated by moody lighting. Waterfall sculpture is nothing new: American artist Eric Orr created liquid sculptures that also set themselves on fire through hidden jets of gas. His posthumous 1991 sculpture L.A. Prime Matter still operates today, just about, as an imposing monolith of fire and water towering above the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

kona deep water

Kona Deep Bottled Water
One of the rarest waters in the world, Kona Deep, is trapped for thousands of years in the icy vaults of Greenlandish and Icelandic mountain glaciers until eventually it melts into the North Atlantic and immediately sinks to its floor. After another thousand years or so it arrives on currents under the Hawaiian archipelago and that’s where it’s harvested, 3,000 feet down in the pitch darkness, still fresh and not salty. If one was invited to a dinner party by SpongeBob SquarePants this is most likely what he would serve: a frozen waterfall in a bottle, from the bottom of the ocean.

Omvivo Le Cob bath
Taking its inspiration from Japanese soaking baths and French architect Le Corbusier’s LC4 chaise longue—a laid-back modernist classic created in 1928—the Le Cob tub is a glassy, free-standing affair with a curved form to caress and also show off the body. Somewhat impractical, it’s beautiful nonetheless. Water pours in through a single stainless steel faucet then overflows off the end into a waterfall.


Samsung WaterWall dishwasher
Do you ever wonder what happens inside a dishwasher? Until now, the curious dishwasher-obsessive could only imagine what was stirring in its metallic depths. With the advent of YouTube and waterproof GoPro video cameras, the pure, undulating joy of jet-powered water has been revealed. The WaterWall tops the dishwasher charts, and here you can see the magic going on inside.


Opening image via Mathieu Thouvenin


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