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Spiky - The Inflatable Water-Saving Shower Curtain

Inflatable spikes push a person out of the shower after the water has been on for four minutes.

For those who like long showers this creation is scarier than the shower scene in 'Psycho'.

Credit: Elisabeth Buecher

Forget 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - keep that singing in the shower to a three-minute pop song.

Credit: Elisabeth Buecher

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Credit: Elisabeth Buecher

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If you're tired of your kids or flatmates hogging the bathroom by taking long showers then have a gander at 'Spiky' - a cleverly designed shower liner with inflatable spikes that push a person out of the shower after the water has been on for four minutes.

"I looked at the environmental issue of excessive water consumption. I designed a series of water-saving shower curtains which inflate after four minutes spent under the water, taking over the space and discouraging long water-wasting showers. The spikes are made from inflated PVA - the ecological version of PVC," said designer Elisabeth Buecher who launched "My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior" at the Milan furniture Fair in 2009.

For obvious safety reasons, the Spiky is a one-off concept piece designed to challenge people's awareness of how much water they really need during showering - so unfortunately you won't be seeing this at IKEA anytime soon. "I would like to develop it as a product but at the moment it is an educational art installation." said Buecher.

More information: www.elisabethbuecher.com