Monday, 30 July 2012

Open Space, Simple and Efficient

Designer: EOOS, Vienna
Team: Gernot Bohmann, Harald Grundl, Martin Bergmann
Manufacturer: Duravit

"Open Space stands for the transformation of a high-quality corner shower into a discreet wall covering that conceals tap fittings and showerheads to optimum effect. Two glass doors – either translucent or mirrored – are fitted into a brilliant chrome frame. After taking a shower, they can simply be folded against the wall to create additional space.
"Our design goal has been space easing in the bathroom. If you do not want to use the shower, it’s gone. If you want to use it, it’s there," says Martin. The everyday sight of an empty shower is washed away. In its closed state, Open Space is merely the projected shadow of the stall on the wall. This creates peace and smoothness in the bathroom."

Source: Eoos, Azure Magazine

Friday, 27 July 2012

New Logica, A New Kitchen System

Italian firm Valcucine has introduced a new kitchen "system": Logica. They had revolutionised ergonomics by presenting the Logica System in 1996 with its 80 cm depth and equipped back section, removable jumbo drawers and wall units with Ala and Aerius lift-up doors. Now Valcucine is presenting the new equipped back section. As they explain in their website: "The back section is capable of containing and concealing, when necessary, all the kitchen equipment: the dish-drainer, weighing scales, small appliances, removable cooking receptacles, bottle-racks, power sockets, a monitor, a kitchen roll holder, the tap, hooks for utensils and even a cooker hood.
Everything on hand, everything tidy in an instant."

Design by Gabriele Centazzo


Monday, 23 July 2012

One Liter Limited Rationing Faucet

This elegant 1 ℓimit faucet encourages — and even enforces — water conservation by giving you less water to use. The design relies on the simple principle of “what you see is what you get” — the faucet fills the attached glass tube with exactly one liter of water for washing hands, and it needs to be turned off again before it will recharge. The brainchild of designers Yonggu Do, Dohyung Kim and Sewon Oh, the faucet is a clever bit of stingy design.
We love how the 1 ℓimit faucet makes the user re-consider a resource that they might otherwise take for granted. It takes a tremendous amount of embodied energy and resources to source, heat and purify water before we put it back into the environment. Leaving a water-saving faucet on for one minute will use over 7 liters of water, much of which is unnecessarily wasted.

The consequences are not as severe as the Poor Little Fishbowl Sink we featured, but the faucet may certainly try your patience — if you are not mindful of your water consumption you’ll have to wait for it to fill again. Perhaps the visual reference of a liter of water will encourage users will appreciate how much water they use when not paying attention. Even better, users will see how little water they really need to get the job done, although it may not be as warm as they would like it. If you’re going to be frugal why not do it in style.