Design Academy of Eindhoven graduates Formafantasma created an enchanting collection of objects for purifying tap water. Called "Still," it consists of a series of carefully engraved glass recipients, which together with copper elements and activated charcoal, filter and clean "the most humble and fundamental of all drinks". Designed for Viennese company J. & L. Lobmeyr, these simple drinking elements enhance the daily act of hydrating ourselves.
We previously showed you how Formafantasma used charcoal for purifying water in their beautiful 2012 Charcoal collection. But “Still” goes a step further by combining the glass and charcoal with metallic copper elements.
The overall design aims to enhance the overlooked, yet so important daily act of drinking water. It also retrieves a simple, low-impact technique that has been used since ancient Egyptian times. The process of filtering water using activated charcoal involves perforating the burnt wood with tiny holes, which increases its surface area so it can remove and filter impurities from water to make it drinkable and improve its taste.
Photos by Formafantasma