The Warm Wall is a concept installation that creates a space where women can get comfort and support in public restrooms

It’s no secret that periods can cause a lot of discomfort and pain, but we don’t often see structures, even ones designed for women, adapting to address the reality of menstruation. So industrial designer Lauren Lee created the Warm Wall, a concept for women’s restrooms that helps ease menstrual pain and build a sense of community.

The Warm Wall is a curved, heated wall mount that is designed for women to lean on to ease some of the pain of cramping and bloating. The curvature is meant to be subtle and aesthetically pleasing, so it doesn’t detract from the bathroom’s overall design. “I wanted to create something that was integrated into public space—an amenity and a resource, rather than something you go out and buy for yourself,” Lee told Fast Company.

The prototype won in the student category of Fast Company‘s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards. The idea is that the installation would also serve as a way for women to gather and support each other in the place where they already do so—and to open up more public discussions about a subject that is still unnecessarily taboo. “Restrooms should have something for women that’s provided, that shows that periods aren’t a disease or something you should be ashamed of,” Lee said.

Though still in its early stages, the idea can be easily incorporated into new restroom designs, which Lee hopes to do by collaborating with architects.

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It’s no secret that periods can cause a lot of discomfort and pain, but we don’t often see structures, even ones designed for women, adapting to address the reality of menstruation. So industrial designer Lauren Lee created the Warm Wall, a concept for women’s restrooms that helps ease menstrual pain and build a sense of community.

The Warm Wall is a curved, heated wall mount that is designed for women to lean on to ease some of the pain of cramping and bloating. The curvature is meant to be subtle and aesthetically pleasing, so it doesn’t detract from the bathroom’s overall design. “I wanted to create something that was integrated into public space—an amenity and a resource, rather than something you go out and buy for yourself,” Lee told Fast Company.