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Swirl Is the Most Beautiful Sink Faucet

Categorize this design concept in the realm of “unnecessary, but we want it”. Royal College of Art student Simin Qiu’s Swirl concept was awarded a 2014 IF Concept Design Award for its innovative miniature turbine-powered, water flow shaping faucet design.

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In theory, Qui’s tap-touch bathroom sink faucet would use 15% less water using the same water pressure compared to a typical faucet flow while also producing unexpected beauty. The liquid vortex is created by utilizing two separate flow elements of varying diameters, one spinning clockwise, the other counter-clockwise. Intertwined, the result is a mesmerizing liquid lattice or other unusual water flow designs, depending on the shape of the swirl form elements.

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Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.