hanga Water Filter Pitcher by Balázs Tóth

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
hanga

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Water Filter Pitcher

INSPIRATION:
The aim of the concept is to reflect on a global problem by giving a locally feasible solution. Accordingly the product would be manufactured locally by locally sourced, environmentally low impact materials. The main inspiration was the Hungarian water jug called aratokorso that was a jug mainly used on the fields by peasants because it kept water cool by natural evaporation.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
It consists of a handmade terracotta jug and an exchangeable activated carbon water filter, providing cool drinking water free of impurities. Thanks to the terracotta material used, the pitcher keeps the water cool by natural evaporation so no need to store it in the refrigerator.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
When purchasing online the filter unit, the customer can create his or her unique design based on provided templates at the same time. The system automatically selects the nearest potter who manufactures and sends the finished product to the customer. Finally he or she gets cool, tasty, clean drinking water by using the pitcher, without the need to store it in the refrigerator.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in September 2012 as a university project at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. After the semester, aesthetics of the design have been improved.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The pitcher consists of a handmade, partly glazed terracotta jug and an exchangeable activated carbon water filter. The design is based on the tradition of Hungarian pottery, local potters would be involved in the production system, giving them opportunity to make a living, and develop the tradition to meet contemporary demands.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
materials: natural terracotta, glazed terracotta, activated carbon, biodegradable polymer net dimensions: 185mm x 235mm x 270mm

TAGS:
water, water filter, pitcher, hanga, jug

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Formative research using literature review was conducted to analyse topics of bottled water distribution cycle, tap water safety, the tradition and the current state of potter profession in Hungary. In addition, observational research was done in communities engaged in local food provider systems and slow movement behaviour. Finally, competitor analysis was done to evaluate currently available water filter pitchers.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part of the creative process was to align functional, aesthetic and material properties to create a design that has a connection with the traditional jug used for inspiration, while providing the functional qualities of the competitor products.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-27 16:44:54

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Balázs Tóth, 2014.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Tóth Balázs

PROFILE:
Balázs Tóth is currently a student in the Product Design Department at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, where he excepts to receive his Master's degree in 2015 June. Inspired by the dialogue of tradition and contemporary, natural and artificial, tangible and intangible, he aims to create culturally relevant, environmentally sound solutions with strong emphasis on human experience.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Hanga Water Filter Pitcher by Balázs Tóth is a Nominee in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category.

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Hanga Water Filter Pitcher by Balázs Tóth is Winner in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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