A Drop of Water

September 17, 2009

‘A Drop of Water’ is a rain barrel that makes saving water really easy by providing a watering can that is automatically filled when it rains. This way, the user doesn’t have to fill the can with our precious tap water, but uses ‘free’ rainwater instead to water the garden.
With the small tap at the bottom of the barrel the watering can can be refilled after using it.
Extract from Bas Van der Veer


February 9, 2009

The Playpump is a playground merry-go-round that uses the boundless energy of children to pump water out of the ground.
More than 1000 such pumps have been installed in schools in South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia and apart from bringing joy to children, and providing easy access to clean drinking water for the local community, the simple installation of the playpump has catalyzed improvements in health, education, economic development and even gender equality.

The PlayPump system also provides one of the only ways to reach rural and peri-urban communities with potentially life saving public health messages.
What if the kids over played?

Extract from Gizmag

360 Paper Bottle

November 27, 2008

The 360 paper water bottle from Brand Image is an attempt to address 60 million plastic bottles thrown away daily in the United States (of which 86% become garbage). The paper vessel is made from 100% renewable food-safe resources, fully recyclable and versatile in a number of potential liquid categories.

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In Charybdis the circular movement of water inside a transparent acrylic cylinder forms an air-core vortex in the centre. Steps wrap around the cylinder and allow spectators to view the vortex from above.

A high level of water filtration is essential for maintaining transparency and thereby expressing the drama of the vortex.  click on the link to see the video.

extract from William Pye

KOR ONE is a reusable bottle conceived and designed in partnership with Eastman Tritan and RKS Design using Bisphenol-A (BPA)-free Tritan copolyester which is “as healthy for consumers as they were for the environment”. A one-handed lid latch system (no lost caps!) that seals the bottle even when laying flat, and a clear, lens-like bottom.

A key element important for manufacturablity and raising perceived value is the elimination of any screws that detract from the design. The body of the vessel itself is formed from a single molded piece of Tritan. The trim pieces snap securely onto the bottle, and are locked into place when the bottle top, which serves as a keystone, is fixed into place. Manufacturing partner Nypro eliminate the “gate” or notch in the center of the bottom to create a beveled window effect by moving the gate off to the side and is under the trim so it doesn’t show.

Extract from KOR Water

Water Bar

December 30, 2007

This water on the table looks so real, you might think twice before sitting on it. The effect is created using an optical glass block that is crafted in such a way that it gives the impression of flowing water.
What’s worse is that if there’s real spilled water on it, you will not be able to tell… but then this does not label the table less amazing! Loved it.

Extracted from Tokujin Yoshioka Design

Water Me When I Tilt

August 25, 2007


The action of this vase illustrates the state of the flower within. Made from handcrafted pewter, the vase stands proud when it is full of water, though as the level of water evaporates, the vase starts to lie down. An obvious metaphor for life. A great visual cue to know when to add more water. Now you have no one but yourself to blame if you can’t keep that precious rose alive longer than 2 days.

Extract from Yanko Design

Key Buoy

August 16, 2007


Dubbed the ultimate key fob for boaters, this smart little gizmo is ideal for anyone who works or plays on water as it automatically inflates when it hits the wet stuff.

The second the Key Buoy is surrounded by H2O it opens up, releasing an air tube  that inflates automatically. Within 30 seconds the keys will rise to the surface with the 18½” air tube jutting out of the water, allowing you to spot, reach out and retrieve your keys. And there’s no rush because the Key Buoy maintains buoyancy for 40 minutes.

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The Music Vortex’s mission is to visualize music using the natural movement of water as it’s influenced by sound waves. Its bottom section function like a normal speaker, but the water on top vibrates and ripples with the music and lit up with a spacey blue glow. You adjust the volume on the speaker with a little knob in the middle.

Extract from Yanko Design

MODAL Water Speaker

February 2, 2007

The speaker system transmits sound via a resonance box filled with water. Japanese “sound space designer” Kunihiro Tsuji was inspired by the human body, which is 70% water. “The loudspeaker is placed on top of the water surface as though floating. Its drop-shaped, transparent cone integrates in the aesthetic concept of the MODAL Water Speaker. The audio cable runs invisibly inside of one of the legs and connects the MODAL Water Speaker to any kind of amplifier.

Extract from Moco Loco