Alice Spieser’s 3D-printed tap aims to make drinking from the faucet more dignified

The   “anthracite” charcoal-grey tap is made from a plastic resin and formed by 3D printing – a decision Spieser says came down to cost. Left uncovered, the water naturally flows through the down-spout over the sink for hand-washing. It’s   exciting!”
Spieser worked with Swiss tap manufacturer   KWC   to produce the internal parts for the mixer. “I decided to make it a nice gesture.”

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The industrial designer has produced the tubular bathroom tap with two angled spouts – one that projects water upwards and another that pushes it down into the sink, prompting the name. “If you   obstruct   this one   with your finger   the   water rises   in the spout   at the top and   create enough   spray to   drink   in a nice position without any splash,” the designer explained. “I loved   the idea making   a tap both industrial and   artisanal. Alice   Spieser   came up with the idea for her graduation project, the Down Up tap, after observing fellow students at Swiss university   ECAL craning their necks into uncomfortable positions to drink directly from the faucet. “In an ideal world   my   final object   would be   brass, but I   modelled   it as if it had to   go to work tomorrow,   with real   constraints of   material   normally   used for making   taps. When the lower opening is blocked by a finger-tip the water is forced to spurt upwards, allowing users to rinse their mouths or take a drink without the need for a glass. “For me it was   the most logical   and representative   form of the idea   that first of all   the water goes down to   wash their   hands   and then up to drink,” said the designer. “A sip   of water should be   pleasant, and not   something embarrassing,” Spieser told Dezeen.

Updated: 04.11.2014 — 13:09