Why wash your hands under a boring old faucet when you can watch the water swirl and dance as it cascades down over your dirty paws? The Swirl Faucet by Simin Qiu, a student at London's Royal College of Art, is a concept design for a faucet that saves as much as 15% of the water used by regular faucets. The bonus? The water streams out in a variety of eye-pleasing swirl patterns. Hopefully, you won't spend so much time staring at the water that you cancel out the savings!
In his design, Qiu intended to keep to the “gentle and swirly” nature of water. To that end, he designed a system of turbines installed inside the faucet to create different swirly flows. Similar to a massaging shower head, the Swirl Faucet has three different settings for swirlosity. Choose from a helix-like flow, a spaghetti noodle swirl, or go for the gusto and select the elaborate lattice-work column of water. Whichever you choose, you and your houseguests will be mesmerized by the gentle artwork formed by the flowing water.
The faucet has a few other design differences from its predecessors. Instead of controlling the faucet with a knob or level, the Swirl Faucet operates with the touch of a button. This enables the overall design to be sleek and sexy, with no awkward angles or funky shapes.
Qiu hopes his design will be as pleasing to the environment as it is to the eye of its beholders. The Swirl Faucet is intended to control the flow of water in such a way that water usage is reduced by 15% over traditional faucets. Designers have worked to create other faucets that help reduce water flow, and it’s nice to see another attractive option. We just hope to see it graduate from the concept phase and hit the market!
Via Yanko Design
Images via Simin Qiu.