From this advertisement, I spring boarded in search of better shaped residential urinal alternatives (I think most men at one time or another wonder about the idea of having the option not to worry about lifting or closing the lid). For the brutal minimalist, this stainless steel hang urinal evokes clean lines, and a bit of that incarcerated chic that would work well with concrete floors and stark lighting. Much more to our liking are these cast solid resin Spoon urinals from Philip Watts Design; we like both the design and the fact these bathroom fixtures bring the timed flushing mechanism as an option for the home bathroom. Über-designer, Philippe Starck has his line for Duravit for the well-heeled, and Toto offers both a reasonably priced ($155) low consumption washout urinal and an $1100 Lloyd Residential Urinal. The options are out there...it's really an option of convincing your better half that having our own receptacle is worth the trouble.
While skimming thru this month's Natural Home magazine, I came upon an interesting product at the back of the issue: the Mister Miser Residential Urinal [middle top, above] is a water conserving, self-cleaning urinal that closes to a very small form factor and only uses 10oz. per flush. A great idea, but to be frank, the design> looks very convalescent home in style (and for $295, they should invest in something a bit more refined).