Washbasin and a complementary tap
Vortex form, drain, fluid behavior
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The aim of the vortex design is to find a new form to influence water flow in washbasins to increase their efficiency, contribute to their user experience and improve their aesthetic and semiotic qualities.
The result is a metaphor, derived from an idealized vortex form that signifies drain and water flow which visually indicates the entire object as a functioning washbasin. This form combined with the tap, guides the water in to a spiral path allowing the same amount of water to cover more ground which results in decreased water consumption for cleaning.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The tap is operated through the electronic touch panel. This sleek, glossy-black touch-panel enables the user to control water pressure and temperature by simply touching the icons on the control panel.
Only the on/off icon on the touch panel is illuminated all the time, the other icons remain hidden when there is no water flow. As the tap becomes functional (pores water) the other icons smoothly appear one by one following the direction of the flow.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Although numerous materials and production technologies are available for this concept, the most convenient material for the washbasin is high-performance ceramic which needs to be die casted and then glazed with a very slick nonstick glaze. This will help the water to form large droplets and sweep away the grime.
The tap has to be gravity casted from brass, mechanically polished then chrome plated and finally the electronic touch panel should be installed.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
x: 1250 mm
y: 735 mm
z: 350 mm
x: 215 mm
y: 168 mm
z: 110 mm
Washbasin, sink, tap, vortex, flow, drain, electronic touch panel
Once I had the vortex idea, the washbasin practically built itself rapidly on my mind and I was left with this visually complete form. The real challenge was the tap because it needed to visually belong to the washbasin but not repeating it. It needed her own character but in a way also complimenting to the concept. In addition, there were physical demands as well, such as the angel of the tap, so that it wouldn’t spill the water plus the proportional relationship between washbasin and the tap, so that it can fully function with ease.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Deniz Karasahin, 2011.