Platform 10 at the RCA’s Department of Design Products, led by Daniel Charny and Roberto Feo, gave their students the following brief: 'slow water down between the sky and the sea'. The creative outcomes show how design can intervene in the domestic use of water. Concepts include domestic rainwater management, water awareness, water bill sharing and the future of showers.
What if your kitchen sink was eroding? Alan Meron’s Soap Sink takes on the misuse of our ‘invisible water which shoots out of the tap only to be collected 15 inches lower into another pipe that will carry it away’. Dripless by Tiago Da Fonseca is a rubber band you attach to any faucet or pipe. Its ultrasonic sensors makes the amount of water visible on a monitoring unit, displaying the exact amount of water you use at any given moment, reading in litres/money. By relating to the amount of water spent, people slow down their consumption. Not only does it save water, it also looks good. We want one!
Another project turns rain into an event for those people who spend like people in the UK, an average of 40 to 50 hours in the office every week, and are therefore almost completely detached from the outside natural world. Inside It’s Raining by Catherine Greene is redirecting real time rain inside your office to improve the space. It’s a magical installation that offers positive surprises at your desk, without having to take out the umbrella.
Now how about a steam sauna experience using nothing more than a Moisture Catcher, designed by Yasuko Bell? This garment uses only the moisture in the air, raising awareness of the often un-utilized water resources. For those of you with a quick-shower-to-refresh lifestyle, try Adult Nappy. All you do is take this foldable garment out of the microwave or fridge and wear it for a jelly-bath like experience. You could even walk around with it!
Christopher Raymond has designed some Water Tiles that collect the run-off water from buildings that normally goes straight into drains. The tiles absorb and purify the water before they slowly release it back into the drains, easing the capacity strain on the draining system to reduce flooding and pollution.
Apart from these and many other brilliant projects, the exhibition illustrates surprising facts about water. For example: ‘It takes 1 tea spoon of mayonnaise to completely pollute this fish tank!’ Tank, fish and mayonnaise are ready- we didn’t try it, so you could until October 4th 2007, Lower Galleries, Royal College of Art, London. (Open 10am-6pm). ::Royal College of Art ::Platform10 via ::London Design Festival