Rotator Rod by Colleen O'Connell

Rotator Rod by Colleen O'Connell

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 28, 2010

Design: Rotator Rod — The Space Saving Shower Rod
Materials: Stainless steel rod, Chrome or Brushed Nickel Plating, Molded Plastic/Nylon
Designer: Colleen O'Connell
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Price Point: The basic Original Rotator Rod, with a Shiny Ceramic White finish is $59.99. Upgraded Cap finishes are also available in Bright Chrome and Brushed Nickel.

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"Small bathrooms just got bigger! They say necessity is the mother of invention and this was true for the Rotator Rod. When I downsized I found myself wrestling with the shower curtain every morning, so I installed a curved shower curtain rod, like the ones I had seen hotels."

"It worked great and my shower space felt bigger and brighter! BUT, the curve came out so far that it cramped the rest of the bathroom. So I set out to solve the problem — with Gatorade caps nailed to the wall and using lots of glue and wire, I created one that would move out of the way when it wasn't in use. The first Rotator Rod was born. It's come a long way since then, but now, anyone can expand space in or out of the shower with a simple 'flip' of the rod — no glue required. Oh, and this may be the best part — now, when wet towels or bathing suits are hung over the shower rod, they drip into the tub, and not on the floor."


This is where most of the activity takes place. It's half storefront and half warehouse. In the left foreground you can see there's a desk where mundane business is carried out. Opposite that on the right is the Design Testing Center. Right now a new design for the Accent Ball is being tested for it's ease of installation. So far, it looks great but needs more work on the function side.

Behind that there are stations for assembly and packaging.
And in the very back, there is storage.


My favorite designer is Lois Walpole. I'm fascinated when materials or objects are reused in unexpected ways and Lois is a master. Her media comes from the jungle to the junk yard and the results are beautiful and useful and incredibly creative. Her roots in basketry shine through no matter what material she's using or what the end result may be. As much as I enjoy their aesthetics, for me, thinking about where the component parts and pieces have been makes them even more special.


c. 1998 Lois Walpole - Bookshelf - 50x50x35cm - Woven Neoprene & Cardboard

Choosing a favorite piece by Lois is difficult but I love this bookshelf because it's unique — putting square books in a round frame and, who makes anything out of a wetsuit? I love that!

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