Faucet Basin Mixer
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:
Smooth, soft, purity, functionality, pipe, cylindrical, minimal tap
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 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.
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.
Barros & Moreira, S.A.