Brume Shower Concept

The Brume shower, still in its conceptual stage, was a submission into the Coram Sustainable Design Award international contest, hosted by the Dutch bathroom products manufacturer, the theme of which this year was bathing. Designed by Dawn Danby, Vishnu Hoff, and Paul Waggoner of Ontario, Canada, the shower, unlike most of the designs it competed against, could be retro-fitted into existing showers to make them more efficient. The success of Brume comes from the designers’ awareness that showers give people that warm fuzzy feeling—they realized that comfort was paramount to the showering experience and that trying to modify people’s behavior would be more difficult than redesigning the existing system. Brume’s hands-free system uses a sensor to detect when the user is standing under the stream of water or stepping away from it, at which point it stops the stream and shoots warm mist out of another pipe, thus saving tremendous amounts of water. The system also heats up the water before it comes out of the shower head, making it 70% more energy-efficient than waiting for your water to heat up as it pours down the drain. Furthermore, the design uses closed-loop metals, low-VOC metals, and recycled materials wherever possible. Via ::Coram Design Awards [by MO]