Swirl, Dip, Splash!

Bathroom faucets have evolved from the lowly status of being tools to wash our hands to status symbols. Taking the design evolution a step in the direction of engineering, the Swirl Faucet focuses its attention on the flow of the water. It features beautiful flow with intricate swirls, giving you the kind of hand wash that makes you feel like the rich and famous, even if you’re not!

Designer: Simin Qiu

106 Comments

  • Latouffe says:

    Beautiful pictures, but once again : WTF ? Science anyone ???

    There is no reason the water jets would keep on spiraling after leaving the faucet.
    Every single drop of water, not controlled anymore, will simply go ballistic … that means : straight ahead and only influenced by the gravitation. Newton. g. 9.81 m.s-2
    Already heard of that ???
    I am really worried. We are preparing ourselves a new generation of total morons, without education.

  • Chris says:

    Dont be mean~
    Let him try~

  • NZ says:

    I wish this product was a satirical jab at gratuitous luxury items, but it appears to be sincere.

    Does anyone really believe that swirling jets of water are supposed to make you feel rich and famous while you wash your hands? And even if that were plausible, is it something we think people ought to value?

  • Ginger says:

    I’m not an expert at this, but this video of a public water fountain would seem to suggest that something like it, is possible. http://youtu.be/xb-gfTMtgu0

  • Steve says:

    The way they achieve that effect in your video is completely different from what is proposed here, its also not even remotely practical on a small scale.

  • Izabela says:

    Nice idea, but as Steve said gravity will kill it.

  • Solarmew says:

    *facepalm* … i wasn’t even gonna dignify this with a response, but just out of hope that’ll learn something… the water IS falling straight down, the only thing rotating is the turbine … it merely creates the illusion of spiraling …

  • derio says:

    Those are nice computer-generated images, but there isn’t a single actual photograph (let alone video) of the device. There is no way that the water streams would stay that smooth, especially on the configuration with the dual-rotating 16 holes forming the helix and reverse helix.

    As soon as the water stream leaves the faucet, surface tension will try and minimize the surface area of the liquid, and this manifests itself as the liquid stream becoming unstable and breaking into droplets. This is known as the Plateau-Rayleigh instability. This will happen to all the streams, but the smaller the diameter of the stream the more quickly it will happen, hence it will be most noticeable on the 16-hole configuration.

    In reality it might work, but it won’t be nearly as pretty as the CG images make it out to be.

  • no says:

    Not sure if troll, or just really stupid.

    The water doesn’t have to be controlled, as the next water droplet is offset, as the first is falling. It’s not spiraling, it’s giving the illusion of spiraling.

    Why have a whole new generation of “total morons”, when the generation we already have works fine?

  • mohammad says:

    if you can .excellent

  • Artor says:

    The water falls straight down. The point of origin spins in a circle. Therefore, the stream of water falls in a spiral. It’s not that hard to visualize, and it’s not defying any physics. Go play with a garden hose, and you’ll see how it works.

  • somethingobvious says:

    Basically, it seems like a similar concept to a lawn sprinkler such as this one: http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/1309223551/-font-b-Rotary-b-font-font-b-lawn-b-font-font-b-sprinklers-b-font.jpg

    The first one won’t be possible, the second one is probable (but not anywhere as pretty), the third one is unlikely. Bigger problem would be any sort of calcium buildup or the like from hard water. That, and there would need to be some gaskets (maybe they’re being called springs) to prevent water leakage. I agree overall with derio. Would be interesting to see the real results.

  • bryan says:

    it is falling straight down. The faucet nozzle is spinning, not the water.

  • RED says:

    The faucet heads are rotating in opposite directions you dumbfuck. You’re talking about a generation or morons but you can’t read simple blueprints.

  • anon says:

    It falls in a spiral pattern, no one ever said it swirls.

    As you can see the head rotates so although each individual point falls straight down, the stream is a spiral because the head is rotating.

    You may also have heard of a little thing called surface tension, which – depending on the flow rate and height – would keep the shape intact.

  • Common Sense says:

    Ummmmm, in all the descriptions is mentions that the head spins. That is how they get the swirl. You are concerned about raising a generation of total morons without education yet fail to even read the very simple explanations about how the faucet works.

  • anon says:

    the water is not spinning as it exits, it’s being dropped by something spinning – read before replying jackass

  • guest says:

    Poe’s Law.

  • jack says:

    Perhaps a combination of water’s negative polarity and capillary action keeps the jets orbiting in a spiral.

  • Anne Frankly says:

    The design doesn’t suggest that the water droplets will stay in a spiral form on their own. Rather, they get dropped in a staggered way to make it look like a spiral. Kind of like this fountain (skip to 1:10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb-gfTMtgu0

    I think the water streams would look a little more particle-y than in the renderings, but overall it’s possible.

  • Latouffe's a loser says:

    If you re-read you’ll realize you are the moron, and if you don’t well hell you really are a moron. The separate turbines spin, so each drop does travel straight down, it’s sort of an illusion.

  • You idiot says:

    The turbines inside spin, dumbass. They are rotating. So yes, the water leaves and travels down. But a second later the turbine has made a rotation and the water has “traveled.”

  • Hitler was good says:

    Found the moron. Ops, sorry. Found the retard. We are on the internet after all, now you get insulted you piece of shit.

  • Rick James Bitch says:

    You are way over thinking this and trying to look smart. The water comes out and falls straight down. It is turned off and on in a pattern that moves around the faucet giving the elusion it’s spinning. No one said the water was actually spinning you assumed that. It’s falling straight down in that pattern which is within the realm of human engineering.

  • Coldfire421 says:

    Please see this vid. coz it’s more than that.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8DbfVnXc9A

  • James78 says:

    My bathroom faucet does something like this at certain water pressures, but with less definition and it collapses when I move the handle a little.

  • SAL says:

    IF HE TRIED I’D HAVE NO PROBLEM
    APPARENTLY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY CONCEPT = CON-ARTIST

  • Kamus says:

    there’s a motor inside the faucet aerator that spins as the water comes out. if you think of the water column coming out of the faucet in individual layers, like a 3-D printer, as the first layer leaves the faucet and falls into the sink, the next layer is layered on top of it slightly offset. So on and so on. This idea will work perfectly fine, so don’t be condescending when it’s YOUR brain that isn’t comprehending the science. You Fucking Moron.

  • Craig says:

    It’s not going to work – Bernoulli’s effect will make all the flows merge together. All the videos posted here – those are lighting effect people!

  • Anakin-Marc Zaeger says:

    First, the water isn’t spinning, it’s falling. The outlets themselves are spinning. The same effect has been done before, on countless occasions. I suppose you’ve never seen video of the art fountains in Japan, which creates images out of falling water. This just adds a third dimension to the effect, and does so on a small scale. I’m glad you had the opportunity to show off that you know about gravitational freefall, but please, before you go about saying that an entire generation is made of “total morons, without education”, know what the eff you’re talking about.

  • alex says:

    I believe the water only falls directly downwards, however the point from which the water is falling moves around the circle.

  • Bill says:

    Each droplet moves ballistically (likely straight down), as does the next droplet and the next. But each droplet is shifted a bit from the previous one.

  • Penscott70 says:

    Check out what Mercedes Benz is doing with ‘swirling water’ and you’ll see that the water can indeed be “controlled” after leaving the faucet.

  • Josh says:

    The water falls down like you say, but where the water leaves the faucet spins which creates the illusion that water itself spirals. Because, you know… science.

  • Matthew says:

    The ‘nozzle’ inside the tap spins… yes, the water falls straight down and the spinning nozzle only provides the illusion of spinning. Like when you hold a hose and shake it back and forth… you’re not actually shaking the stream of water.

  • Newton says:

    Without education?

    Well, you did show your great skills in brainless flaming.

    The next water droplet is offset, as the first is falling.

    It’s not spiraling, it’s giving the illusion of spiraling.

    Use your brain next time.

  • Dieter says:

    The drops fall straight downwards. They do not swirl. Every drop is followed by another that is slightly offset from the previous, but also falls straight down.

  • Kodi says:

    Remember there is momentum. If the water is already shooting sideways, it will want to continue in that motion. Gravity will, of course, start acting on it and pull it straighter, and you can even see that in the picture — the “mesh” gets looser toward the bottom.

    I think it would be a cool way to make people save water and maybe even feel a bit special, having something that looks so fancy.

  • Kodi says:

    Remember there is momentum. If the water is already shooting sideways, it will want to continue in that motion. Gravity will, of course, start acting on it and pull it straighter, and you can even see that in the picture — the “mesh” gets looser toward the bottom.

    I think it would be a cool way to make people save water and maybe even feel a bit special, having something that looks so fancy.

    Dieter also has a point — I’d have to see it in motion to know whether it is momentum or just drops being offset.

  • Dieter says:

    I would love to buy one of these 😉

  • Laure says:

    I was super suspicious (still am tbh) about the physics behind this, but this expert’s explanation is pretty good: https://www.facebook.com/792414194151223/photos/a.793463300712979.1073741828.792414194151223/889718757754099/?type=1

  • Jimi says:

    Making fun of everyone when you are wrong makes you looking really stupid.
    Release a drop of water from a hole. Moves the hole and release another water drop. Keep moving the hole in a straight line, release more water drop and faster, and it will look like a slanted line. Now move your hole circularly, your slanted line will look like it turns.

  • JAGUAR says:

    I want to buy this

  • Latouffe says:

    OK, so there are some very light moving parts inside … moving … God knows how … no axis, no hub … spinning washers … so it’s spiraling …
    Fine, my mistake. Maybe “moron” was a bit too hard.
    Sorry.

    BUT: no CGI nor blueprints will ever replace a prototype. this is quite a small system, he should be able to produce a demonstrator.

    Guess why there is no prototype ? Because it won’t work !
    Just think about … scale, real world water. After two hours your faucet will be stuck.

    This is in no way a functional design, let alone practical, useful, honest or … innovative.

    You should read Dieter Ram’s ten rules of design. Very few (3 and 9 ?) are respected here.

    No wonder he got a iFdesign prize for this.

    So, to you all, sorry for my bad language, especially if you felt addressed, being yourself a proud member of this new generation.

    Apart from that, i maintain this kind of design has nothing to do with our physical reality, and should find a place in the next Disney movie, but nowhere else!

  • joe says says:

    You clearly don’t understand the design… The nozzle rotates, hence the turbines. Think about it.

  • Heartwing says:

    Wow…why does every comment section on every deteriorate into rude people calling each other names? I really want to read about this but instead have to read through a bunch of immature crap. You guys need to grow up and learn how to have adult conversations!

  • SharkBait says:

    I’d do some research before making comments about gravitation if I were you. The drops ARE falling straight ahead, and the spiral creates the pattern.

  • Science says:

    The water isn’t spiraling once it leaves the turbines just are stacking water as it falls in a spiraling pattern making it look like the water is swirling. It is instead just falling based on where the turbine output is.

  • Cade says:

    I’m 45, so not a member of the ‘new’ generation, and a plumber. Latouffe, you’re still an idiot. The design’s effect of causing the water stream to spiral is very easy to create, and designs extremely similar to that, if on a slightly larger scale have been done to create water displays at various theme parks, or other outdoor water sculpture displays. Quite a number of them have been around since the 1980s.

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