While the term "outdoor shower" may conjure thoughts of jungle-side rain heads or splintery, mildewed floor boards, the latest iteration from Oborain is in a high-design category all its own. The modern-lined P.S. 122 style is handcrafted in Massachusetts with two sustainable materials: Richlite (made from recycled newsprint and resin) and farmed teak (grown on reclaimed ranch lands in Mexico). Corrugated sheet metal provides a textural backsplash, and the teak decking boards are at once glossy and rough-hewn. The ease of the design, however, is quite possibly its most modern part: it functions by hooking up to your garden hose.
The shower's black panels are reminiscent of old schoolhouse chalkboards—it is, after all, named for the non-profit arts organization PS122 (which is housed in an old public school in Manhattan’s East Village). Five percent of the proceeds from this sleek shower go to the organization, which supports new and emerging performance artists.