Best Seat in the House

Best seat in the house

Rankin Agency and WaterAid launch London pop-up exhibition to celebrate the Best Seat in the House. 

A fabulous collection of unique toilet seats, created by a host of artists, fashion designers and celebrities, is going on show in London as part of a project with WaterAid and the Rankin Agency to help elevate the status of the humble loo and celebrate them for the lifesavers they are. 

Harry Hill, Pam Hogg, Val Garland, Ozwald Boateng, Martin Parr, Boy George, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Pure Evil and Hayden Kays are among 25 artists who have given the ‘Best Seat in the House’ a special splash of luxury, highlighting how toilets are a luxury denied to 1.7 billion people.  

The artworks, which include a golden throne, punk art, seats decorated in beautiful fabric, and a lucky toilet seat, will be displayed at a free exhibition at gallery@oxo  from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 February. They will be displayed as museum pieces, highlighting the inaccessibility of toilets to millions around the world.  

One in five people globally have no decent toilet at home, compromising their safety, dignity, and health, with 800 children dying every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. A third of schools lack these vital facilities, so millions of girls stay at home during their period, holding them back from fulfilling their potential. 

As part of WaterAid’s Thirst for Knowledge appeal this winter, the international charity is helping get toilets and clean water to communities in Nepal and many more around the world, helping prevent the spread of deadly diseases, improve education, and transform lives.

The UK government will match public donations made by 15 February 2022 up to £2 million, making double the difference in schools and communities in Nepal, enabling girls to thrive. 

View ‘Best Seat in the House’ online


The designs are fun but carry an important message – that everyone everywhere needs a decent toilet.