The Silvia bathtub is inspired by the shape of a terracotta bathtub from 1700 BC and discovered in the palace of Knossos on Crete.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Silvia is ergonomically designed, so that it corresponds to human shape and is wider in shoulders and gets narrower towards feet. This shape also brings substantial reduction in water use, from 280 to 130 liters. The overflow integrated in a thin wall is an innovative solution that so far has not been applied in mass production. The bathtub is made of cast marble, with natural dolomite powder as its main ingredient. Thus, it absorbs warmth and ensures comfort of use.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The shape of Silvia bathtub helps to reduce water consumption. To fill this bathtub only 130 liters are needed instead of usual 280 liters. The integrated overflow ensures safety and its application in a thin wall is an innovative solution. The material absorbs warmth and ensures comfort of use.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2015 in Poznan and finished in May 2015. It was awarded IF design award in February 2016 and will be exhibited during arenadesign on March 2016.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Products made of cast marble offer unique appearance. During the manufacturing process a dolomite powder is mixed with a polymer resin, which gives its final flexibility and strength. The material is a composite that merges all favorable technological features of its ingredients. The outer layer of a product is made of gelcoat, hardened resin with pigment and particles of quartz.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 1700mm x Depth 700mm x Height 600mm.
bathtub, bathroom, nature, ergonomic, dolomite, cast marble
During the designing process we use design thinking methods. Mind mapping and brainstorming were present. Scenarios as well as story board and persona where helpful. Mockups and prototypes were important to verify the final design.
The hardest part of this design activity was to implement a complete design process. Achievement of such result requires a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach that takes into account design methods. It was critical to decide which of the design methods are best suited to improve innovation and to solve problems, as well as on which stage of those processes particular design methods shall be introduced.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
design Marta Gebska and construction Zbigniew Piasecki
Image#1: Marmite, 2016
Image#2: Marmite, 2016
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Patent No. 002801811-0013 Marmite S.A.28.09.2015.OHIM