Faucet Basin Mixer
The design of Straw faucet basin mixer is inspired in the tubular forms of the young and fun straws that accompany a refreshing drink in the summer or a hot drink in the winter. With this project we intended to create an object of contemporary dashing and simultaneously fun design. Assuming the basin as a container, the initial idea intended to emphasize the faucet as the contact element with the user, just like the traditional straws are the contact point with a drink.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The design is based on two vertical tubes which are arranged in parallel, but the uniqueness is related to the fact that one of these rods is "bent" like a straw. This rod becomes the spout of the faucet, while the vertical rod serves as the handle to control the water flow and the temperature. We deconstruct the usual forms, breaking with the stereotypes, resulting in a set that surprises by its asymetrical symmetry; this basin mixer combines a dynamic design with the perfect functionality.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The handle, whose functions are to activate the faucet, control the flow and adjust the temperature, is integrated in the tubular vertical rod. When the user interacts with the object, this rod works like a joystick that allows the user to choose the flow and temperature of the water welling from the other rod, which is bent and pointed at the basin. When interacting with the user, the object comes to life, and exposes in full the functions for which its bipartite body have been designed to.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The conceptual project started in September 2008 and finished in April 2009 in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. The first prototype was presented at the innovation space of Tektónica - International Trade Fair for Construction Materials, in Lisbon, in May 2009 and to the market at the International Exhibition "Expo Casablanca", in Morocco, in November 2009.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
This brass basin mixer is produced through a foundry process and subsequent machination and polishing. The glossy finish is attained through a chroming process.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Straw, cylinder, tubular, fun, joystick, symmetry, asymmetry, unprejudiced
This project was a challenge launched by Barros & Moreira to ESAD-CR, in a competition amongst students of Industrial Design. An assessment of the traditional shapes of a faucet and its production technology was made, seeking to find the reminiscences of a water spout. Young people, stripped of preconceptions, were called to participate in the product development, boosting the existing creative capital. This has had a positive impact on the development of skills of those involved.
The first challenge was the deconstruction of a typical faucet, that is traditionally presented with a multi-volume shape, due to the traditional method of manufacturing. The tap's radical forms were a challenge: how to hide the handle, which in traditional taps is affixed above the main body, and turn the faucet into a bipartite body, pleasant to the sight, but still ensuring an excelent functionality. The project brought technical challenges to the factory, which had to leave its confort zone.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Catarina Violante, Prof. Luís Pessanha (ESAD.CR - School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha), Design Department of Barros & Moreira, S.A. and Trade Department of Barros & Moreira, S.A.
Barros & Moreira, S.A.