Student Designers Showcase ‘Faucets of the
NEW YORK CITY Sleek, sophisticated and high tech describe the
“faucets of the future,” as seen in the creations of three student
designers who won top honors in Price Pfister’s Faucet of the
Future contest. The contest, which recognizes the talents and
innovations of future industrial designers, was part of Price
Pfister’s 90th anniversary celebration.
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.
“Water-Go,” designed by Silas Beebe from the Art Center College of
Design, won top honors in the contest with its modernistic design
and nature-related theme themes industry experts maintain will
continue to be hot long into the future.
“Everything around the faucet is derived from nature an organic
modernism,” Ireland notes. “The handles are even shaped like bell
peppers,” he states, adding that the design has practical
applications, as well. “The loop can be used to hold a candle,
razors, soap or washcloths.”
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.
“You think about the trends and safety in Americans’ homes today,
and that is definitely an application I’d see being utilized in the
future,” Ireland says.