Simin Qiu, a student at London’s Royal College of Art, has created a water faucet that not only conserves water by 15%, but also produces an intricate spectacle of geometric flows.
One of the most wretched habits we must all endure each morning is the ritual of getting ready for work. Among the various tasks required for the presentation of self is turning on the faucet to shave, brush your teeth and rinse your face. Until now, turning on the faucet was just one in a series of mundane morning tasks. Fortunately, and if you are so lucky, Qui’s new water faucet will not only save you water, but also offer you a show of physics that will no doubt put a smile on your face before heading off to your chosen profession of drudgery.
Qui’s source of inspiration comes from nature, which offers an endless sequence of geometric shapes and spirals that are native to such things as shells, plants and rock formations. But it wasn’t until Qui took notice of the unique spiraling descent of water flowing from a pipeline that gave him the idea of reinventing traditional water faucets.
Qui also realized that these spirals of water also act as a force of conservation by slowing the flow of liquid. As a result, Qui invented a new water faucet called “Swirl.” In addition to three different water flow settings – a helix-like flow, a spaghetti noodle swirl, or the elaborate lattice-work column of water – the Swirl sports a sleek design that operates with the touch of a button.
Winning an iF Design concept award in 2014, Qui hopes to mass market the faucet sometime in the near future. Let’s just hope Qui’s Swirl faucet will be affordable for the average consumer to truly make an impact for water conservation that’s so needed around the world.