Oborain began with a simple idea: an outdoor shower that you could set up on any level surface, plumb with garden hoses, and bring inside for the winter. No need for trenches.
No worry about freezing pipes. Simply store it away, and in the spring bring it back out,
set it up, and you're ready to enjoy another season of outdoor showering.
But this is New England, where thoughts of winter are never far from your mind. We do realize there are other places in the world where winter isn’t so much of a concern. Nevertheless, the process of chasing these simple design parameters led us to a shower
that is as practical as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Through a succession of prototypes we pared away anything inessential, distilling the idea until each aspect of the design became the purest expression of its function. The base needed to allow for drainage, and anchor the panels of the enclosure. The frame needed
to be both light and strong, holding itself together without the need for extraneous hard- ware. The panels needed to provide a comfortable degree of privacy without giving the
sense of being “closed in.”
From the shower fixture we wanted a delicious, warm enveloping rainfall, yet we also
wanted the hook-up to be as simple as connecting a garden sprinkler to a hose. The materials needed to be both pleasing to the senses and able to withstand constant
exposure to the elements. Finding answers to these riddles feeds the continuing
evolution of our design.