Category Archives: Inspiration

Bottled water ban

Bottled water ban ‘stupid’

Below is a few paragraphs from the article from the 10th October 2011 about the VCA part of the University of Melbourne banning the selling of bottled water on campus and installing more drinking fountains the free access to water.

“Last week, the VCA announced it would stop selling bottled water at its Southbank campus in a bid to reduce its environmental footprint. The university has installed 10 new drinking fountains instead.

The Australasian Bottled Water Institute’s chief executive, Geoff Parker, said the ban would not only create a ”nanny campus” but questioned the environmental benefits of the decision.

”If they are serious about reducing their environmental footprint, they probably need to ban soft drinks and coffee and just about every other commercial beverage other than bottled water, which has one of the lowest environmental footprints of any beverage,” Mr Parker said.”


Simple forms

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

– Calvin Coolidge from swiss miss

This would be so much fun to do

Max Lamb: China granite project

Designer Max Lamb’s china granite project materialized during a two-week residency program organized by the Chinese international gallery exposition (CIGE) and alexander von vegesack of the vitra design museum, as an artistic response to Chinese culture and industry.

On his first day at an Li’s local quarry in nearby Pai Fang village, Lamb was able to roam around freely to select pieces of granite he felt were suitable. he found a number of irregularly shaped, but rounded pieces that had been pushed over the peak from the quarry on the other side of the mountain.

To develop the forms of each piece, Lamb sketched onto their surfaces with wax crayon, responding to the natural contours and inherent characteristics of each stone. each piece of granite suggests a different application of cuts to give function to an otherwise redundant boulder.

So interesting

Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters have created Avifauna, a collection of odd and beautiful taxidermied animals. “We’ve started to materialize the beauty, shape and language of form that we see in animals and what’s better to start this search than to mold on the animal itself.”

This is definanlty an intresting way to do form studies… I could imaging going around and wrapping up objects and just having a little of the original peep out the bottom like the legs.

maybe I need a faucet that can do this?

Imagine on all the days above 40 degrees mist is sprayed onto people passing by… Shame about the water restrictions though.

From Core77. The UK James Dyson Award goes to the Automist, by RCA students Yusuf Muhammed and Paul Thomas. The concept is of a (retrofittable) kitchen sink faucet that disperses a thorough mist in the event of a fire, effectively dousing the flames.


Each year more than 60,000 fires occur in UK dwellings, resulting in approximately 450 deaths and more than 11,000 injuries. Automist is an automatic fire suppression system. It is designed for the kitchen, where 60% of domestic fires originate. Automist utilises “water-mist” which is a proven technology on ships and in factories.

Where to now…

After talking with Soumitri I am changing the direction slightly with a new approach, I am a little scared as its more into the the technical side which I struggle with I am going to think of my drinking fountain as a modular system, similar to path products where the council can list the requirements for the location eg: a smaller size next to a child’s playground, one with a dogs drinking bowl in parks, a minimalistic for city streets. So this week I am focusing on the internal parts in CAD, using heights and thickness from my drinking fountain. I have been talking to Tosika yesterday and he gave me a few innovative and different ideas for the faucet to draw up so I am going to work on this for the week and see where it goes. This could fail easily as I have limited knowledge and experience and feel it borders on the engineering side. I need to figure out how this design attaches to the ground, and a list of parts that can be added to the basic design such as filters.

So a modular system could involve many bowls/sinks to pick from.

A quick look at similar products which are modular in the bathroom…

Tap and shower head.

futuristic water purifier

This is a good concept for filtering water using UV rays from the sun captures using converter crystals even though its not likely to work. I love the form of this design/filter too. Makes me think I better get moving with my design… Things are moving a little to slowly for my liking, its hard to stay inspired, and be creative when I feel under pressure at the same time.