Smooth Faucet Basin Mixer by Ctesi - Barros & Moreira, S.A.

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Smooth

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Faucet Basin Mixer

INSPIRATION:
The design of Smooth faucet basin mixer is inspired in the clear and crystalline forms, like the water that pours from her. With this project we wanted the creation of a design object, where cylindrical and symmetrical shapes are clearly assumed, thus resulting in a faucet wich is a natural extension of the pipe where it flows until it reaches the user.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The design is inspired in the purest form of a cylinder, making a natural corollary of the pipe where it flows until it reaches the user. We intended to deconstruct the usual complex forms that this kind of product has, resulting in a smooth cylindrical and quite minimalist form. The sleek look caused by the lines become quite surprising when this object takes on its function as a user interface, for this is a model which combines a dynamic design with the perfect functionality of a basin mixer.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The handle to activate the faucet, control the flow and adjust the temperature, is fully concealed in the horizontal cylindrical shape. When the user interacts with the object, it bifurcates and divides itself as if we were opening a Shell: the bottom part acts as the spout for the water to flow, while the upper part becomes the user's control handle for the faucet's functions. In this way, an extremely pure and soft object while at rest, becomes a fairly functional object when requested.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The conceptual project started in September 2008 and finished in September 2009 in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. The first prototype was presented to the market at Tektónica - International Trade Fair for Construction Materials, in Lisbon, in May 2011.

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:
W= 32mm D= 100mm H= 120mm

TAGS:
Smooth, soft, purity, functionality, pipe, cylindrical, minimal tap

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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.

CHALLENGE:
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 faucet's sleek forms were a challenge: how to hide the handle, which in traditional taps is an appendix of the main body, and turn the faucet into a single-body, pleasant to the sigth, but still ensuring an excelent functionality. The project brought technical challenges to the factory, which had to leave its confort zone.

ADDED DATE:
2013-11-25 03:21:49

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Jorge Marques, 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.

IMAGE CREDITS:
Barros & Moreira, S.A.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Ctesi - Barros & Moreira, S.A.

PROFILE:
Ctesi is the own brand of taps and mixers from Barros & Moreira, S.A. a Portuguese company founded in 1997, that acts in the international market of sanitary ware.” Based on the professional experience and the “knowhow” of its founders, with a young team of qualified and dynamic employees, the company imposed itself in the national and international market by the difference of her service and competitiveness of the traded products. Over the years we have been consolidating our space on the market, creating integrated solutions for bathroom, focusing on the quality and design of our products. “As a result of growth and expansion, the company felt the need to change their field of action, having a strong focus on design, development and manufacture of own brand products, while narrowed partnerships and acquired shareholdings, to ensure control over the production, quality and commercialization of their own products and their brands. Therefore, it is guaranteed control over the logistical supply chain, from manufacturing to delivery of the product to the customer, thus fulfilling one of the major purposes of the company, which is customer satisfaction.” “Investing in the continuous training, new technologies and development of its infrastructure, a solid foundation has been created, allowing the constant demand for new products and solutions with the aim of customer loyalty and satisfaction.” At this point, we assume the globalization of our brands as a key point for success.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Smooth Faucet Basin Mixer by Ctesi-barros & Moreira, S.a is a Nominee in Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Smooth Faucet Basin Mixer by Ctesi-barros & Moreira, S.a is Winner in Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design Category, 2013 - 2014.



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