Student Designers Showcase 'Faucets of the Future'
With technology showing an increasingly powerful presence in the design industry, manufacturers and designers will find themselves relying more than ever on the skills and visions of young artists and budding designers for fresh ideas that merge technology, function and design aesthetics. In fact, design innovation always a driving force in the kitchen and bath industry has become inextricably linked with technology, making the younger generation of "high-tech creatives" more important than ever before.
To that end, Price Pfister's "Faucets of the Future" contest
"tapped the minds and skills of students at two of the world's
premier educational programs for industrial design: the Art Center
College of Design, in Pasadena, CA, and the Parson School of Design
in New York City," according to Price Pfister president Les
Ireland. "The assignment was to create faucet designs that were not
only original and inventive, but functional as well," he
Designs of the top 11 finalists were put on Price Pfister's Web site, where over 1,800 people voted on them, and then a panel of five industry experts selected the three winners.
Second place honors went to Hlynur Atlason of the Parson School of Design. His design, entitled "Arch," combines the controls and faucet into one entity, for a sleekly balanced design. By taking the existing one-hand faucet and merging the controls with the actual body of the faucet, he created a faucet that looks like one solid object," with the controls situated over the sink, allowing the water, dripping off the hands, to fall into the sink, Ireland notes. Again, this design of the future is focused on practicality as well as a stylish, "more is less" type of simplicity.
A waterfall design with a high-tech twist won third place honors for Shane Koo, of the Art Center College of Design. Shane's design, called "Chameleon," uses the same type of film used in aquariums to visually notify users as to how cold the water is. The color-coded form of "communication" provides not only added convenience, but safety as well, allowing even young children to identify water temperatures and avoid hot water burns.