Peter Sweatman

Peter Sweatman graduated with first class honours in Industrial Design from the University of Canberra.  Peter started work with Caroma R&D in research to launch the first generation of Smart Flush toilets to the market. Since then he has worked at Caroma in various design and research focused roles, along the way gaining a Masters of Animation from UTS with the final project film appearing at the Melbourne International Animation Festival.

Peter has recently completed a PhD in user centred bathroom design for older people at UNSW Built Environment. Through co-design workshop programs and laboratory-based design investigations the research explores individual preferences and seeks to refine parameters to provide optimal solutions. The goal is to create bathrooms that work as integrated spaces that can be tailored and adapted to individuals to provide convenience, comfort and safety.

Getting to know Peter Sweatman

Ideas come from a reflective process of observation, dialogue, generating work and trying to improve it.

Getting to know Peter Sweatman

Q: What are your favourite product/s used in your Caroma capsule and why did you choose them?

The Opal easy height armrest toilet with integrated nurse call is a highly supportive and adaptable product that can enable safe comfortable independence for anyone at any age.

Q: Describe your approach to design?

I like to learn as much as possible about a situation before I start narrowing down to details. I think design is a skill of synthesis rather than a mode of individual expression. Ideally we should be able to draw on quantitative and qualitative information to build a meaningful narrative of form that has intuitive appeal for intended users.

Q: What inspires you in your design and how do you come up with your ideas?

What inspires me is people making an effort to improve the physical and emotional experiences of other people in the world. Ideas come from a reflective process of observation, dialogue, generating work and trying to improve it.

Q: What is the biggest single influence on your creative thinking?

An intention of flexible pragmatic improvement within the constraints of a problem.

Q: What is your strongest skill?

Probably a curiosity to get out of my depth and work my way forward from there.

Q: What are you currently fascinated by and how is it feeding into your work?

To be honest watching how my kids learn about and start to navigate the world is fascinating. I like following what gets their attention and trying to understand why. It’s great to get a sense of what they bring as individuals to a situation and what they draw on to adapt and thrive.

Q: What are you passionate about besides your work?

We've got a cabin in the Blue Mountains and I love getting out exploring the landscape.