Where's My Water?

Where’s My Water?

Have you ever come up on a faucet and thought – wait a second, where are the faucet handles? How does this work? Even after years and years of motion-sensor technology being embedded in faucets in malls and restaurants the world over? Designer Daniel David Sutherland sees this problem too. Convenience should be intuitive, right? In order to convey instantly the way this new faucet works, Sutherland placed a human hand impression right in the center of the bowl.

0 Designer: Daniel David Sutherland

Timeless Magnetic Drainage

Timeless Magnetic Drainage

You know the feeling. “Why can’t I just design around this? Does this object REALLY need this part to function?” That’s what designer Dallas Winspear asked of the common, everyday sink. “Does it need this ugly drainage hole?” he asked, and the answer was (and is!) no. No way! Design around it! Heck, design headfirst into it. This is “Lavinia”, a sink made of Corian or other high density polymer with a plugging mechanism recessed into the body of the sink, completely changing the dynamic of how the water exits.

0 Designer: Dallas Winspear

No Touchy Basin

No Touchy Basin

The Spout Faucet Basin is ideal for those freakish about hygiene and no-touching-taps kinds. It’s also for those who enjoy aesthetic appeal with a little bit of high-tech. Basically the design features a sensor activated mixer tap, with the temperature being set via a small dial. Unfortunately, this dial will require you to “touch” it for adjustment, but more importantly it also encases the override button, which pours out a steady stream of water. All the mechanical components are neatly tucked outta sight in the internal cavity behind the basin, offering a very neat wall mounted unit.

0 Designer: Charlwood Design

Is That A Steel Brick In The Wall?

Is That A Steel Brick In The Wall?

Not another brick in the wall, but a metallic faucet if you please! We are here discussing the “Reveal/Conceal”, which is an embedded faucet that doubles up as a mini storage unit and colorful nightlight. The delightful piece fixes flush into its environment and can be used within masonry walls as a load bearing piece as well. A slight push at the logo end swings the faucet into the open position, ready to be used. A discreet lever for manual temperature and water flow adjustment enforces the design’s mission at being a simple hinge and bold cantilevering faucet.

0 Designer: Andrew Tang-Smith

Good Things In Small Packages

Good Things In Small Packages

Economic sense always guides me to buying refill pack for toiletries as they work out much cheaper. However I’m forced to buy the more-expensive-pint-sized version for my travels as smaller bottles are convenient to carry. The Shower Plus comes like a god-sent resolve because of its size and packaging. The secure lock system ensures no leaks, so accidents of shampoo or lotions mixing with clothes seem impossible! The thoughtful suction tab on one face makes its wall-mount in a jiffy. Rarely do we get the perfect combo utility, form and function!

0 Designer: Jin Chang-soo

Beautiful Balena!

Beautiful Balena!

Sometimes simple lines and fluid depictions translate into gorgeous results like the Balena. Designed as a bathroom sink faucet, Lu cleverly mixes metal with tinted green transparent plastics to highlight the functional beauty of the water valves inside. A built-in single axis hinge allows you to turn the spout up and down, plus the water flow can be manually adjusted at anytime. I’m curious to see how an entire bathroom range of fitting in this line will turn up and of course color combinations in this can get wild and exciting!

0 Designer: Wen-Yo Lu

Bubble Wash For Hands

Bubble Wash For Hands

Liquid soaps have taken over the sanitary scene with a vengeance, seldom you find people washing hands with a soap-cake. It’s the obvious choice even in public restrooms. However to provoke a conscientious mind, the trio designers have devised the Re-Bubble Soap Dispenser. It’s a dispenser meant for public toilets, where people bring in their old-not-so-sudsy-soaps and insert them into a grinding slot. Giving the discarded soaps a new lease of life, the granulated suds now offer you a hygienic wash in the swanky new liquefied bubbly avatar!

0 Designers: WooJae Lee, MinSu Kim & WoongKi Kim

How To Glam Up The Loo

How To Glam Up The Loo

Today’s lesson is on converting dowdy objects to something luxe by simply changing their looks and casings. Shallow as it may sound, in the toilet world, objects like plunger, scrubs and toilet brushes need a glam avatar so that we don’t feel filthy while using them. Keeping this in mind is the Undercover Collection that dolls up the plunger and paper in a sleek steel-finish casing. A casing with a universal design that can accommodate any size of plungers. It sure would look good in my loo, plus I like the idea of camouflaging the unsightly thingies that are essential for a clean looking toilet.

0 Designer: Michael Liu

Metal Futurism in Bathroom Taps

Metal Futurism in Bathroom Taps

Welcome to the future of shiny taps! These lovely taps go by the name “Koolhaus” – that’s German, use your superior translation skills to figure out what it means. These Koolhaus taps are meant to inspire forward-thinking minds to conserve. But they make your eyeballs sparkle, too, yes? Such a fabulously almost-fictional look to these taps.

0 Designer: Daniel Dobrogorsky

A Simplified Sink

A Simplified Sink

As some designers seem intent on inundating sinks with complicate gadgetry, others are taking a simpler approach. The Flow is a sink with the tap, basin and u-bend integrated into just two pieces. In the quest to create something harmonious yet functional, the Flow is an example of when “less is more” might be better.

0 Designer: Emil Rosen

Hanging High And Dry

Hanging High And Dry

The way we Indians do it is we hang our towel out in the sun, every day, right after our bath. That’s the routine mom taught us when we were young, but the nextgen is too lazy to follow that. The laundry cycles is usually set for a weekly change in towels at most homes, so a system like the “Towel Hanger” suits the situation. It dries, deodorizes and sanitizes the towel, when you hang it on the rail. As an added attraction, ambient lights switch on, creating a sweet environment when indulging in an aroma therapy soak!

0 Designer: Kim Jin Yeong

Toothbrush Upstanding Tall, With Pride

Toothbrush Upstanding Tall, With Pride

Ever felt icky about putting down your toothbrush onto the sink? Keep it rested on the toothpaste or balance it on the soap dish, but never flat on the sink surface! For hygiene-freaks like me is the DEWS Toothbrush by Ryan and Harc, an ergonomically designed brush that keeps standing upright and never tipples over. There are weights at the end of its rounded handle to create a centre of gravity at the handle base. When you set it down, it stays put for a second and then springs back upright. Tumble-doll-brush!

0 Designers: Hyun Jin Yoon & Eun Hak Lee

Draining Experiences Can Be Cute!

Draining Experiences Can Be Cute!

Cleaning the toilet drain is quite a stinky job in my opinion, and can never be labeled as cute! However, a look at the delightful Carack Drain Design, and I’m sold. The cuteness factor is personified in the accompanying video, where once the drain is choked with your body grime and hair, a blue head bobs up and down to indicate – it’s un-clogging time! Another factor in its favor is the sunken drain-trap; it keeps the ghastly hair-strands out of sight.

0 Designer: Oh Kyoung Hea