Triflow tap by Zaha Hadid

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Architect Zaha Hadid has designed a tap for British manufacturer Triflow.

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Filtered water is channeled through a separate waterway, controlled with a touch-sensitive button.

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"Our starting point was a series of formal studies on the conceptual terms of ‘fluidity’ and ‘seamlessness’ as we wanted to generate the fluid geometries of water in motion," says Hadid.

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"By applying advanced 3D software to our experiments into the viscosity of liquids, we were able to explore complex forms and their productivity for domestic environments," she continues. "A major benefit of this design language is that you can create something that not only appears continuous, but also blends seamlessly with the ergonomic needs of a tap."

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Here's some more information from Zaha Hadid Architects:

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The Tap of the Future
Designed by Zaha Hadid for Triflow

Leading independent brassware designer, Triflow, has commissioned pre-eminent architect, Zaha Hadid, to design the tap of the future. Recognised for its world-first three-way tap, the Triflow brand is produced by one of a handful of existing British manufacturers. The collaboration with Zaha Hadid marks the company’s return to its founding principles: innovation and technological excellence.

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Inspired by the movement of water, the designs are a formal expression of the continuous flow of liquid – merging tap spout, body and handle in a seamless trajectory of curvilinear geometries.

Featuring Triflow’s exclusive, patented three-way technology, the filtered drinking water is delivered through a dedicated waterway thereby isolating it from the hot and cold water streams - controlled by the tap’s discreet handle. Whilst a touch-sensitive electronic button activates the filtered water.

Concealed behind the fluid Zaha Hadid design is a highly sophisticated manufacturing process that is unique to the UK and has never before been used in the creation of a tap. The result is a tap that is as much a bespoke work of art as it is a kitchen or bathroom appliance.

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  • LOW

    That is one sexy sexy tap

  • http://www.unlike.in harpreet

    !!!! wow !!!!

  • h

    her shoes … awfull
    her boat on top of the roof … ridiculous

    now this faucet … sweet!!

  • clayton

    it looks like the neck and head of a goose or swan turned upside down. i love zaha’s work… but seriously, it looks like a swan.

  • Lazar

    Water ,please, where is the water?

  • http://www.archiphotos.com stefan

    at least she got one project right during the last 10 years.

  • huff

    why are we shown renders on a number of different backgrounds but none with water flowing from its ‘fluid’ form, pretty key to both the function and the aesthetics of a tap…

  • W

    Went to the launch- they are huge objects.
    The ladeez got very touchy-feely .. I felt rather voyeuristic

  • tobias

    wow.
    this piece makes me want to touch it, stroke it, grab it, hold it, touch it……..

  • omar

    for someone who doesn’t like zaha’s aesthetic… i can dig this.

  • stan

    h, i agree with you….
    i guess her form-language is more suited for taps than for buildings…

  • lana

    great great great…
    everything is right there. technology/inovation, design and a wanted object!

  • teebag

    this is really beautiful.

  • andy

    It seems like her geometry works better for me at this scale. This is nice.

  • jake

    Clayton,
    And what is wrong with swans?

  • Addict

    Would like to see how water is streaming out of it!

  • Fling

    Surely this tap marks a change in the way we all think about taps. After a harrowing era of unsuitable taps that cynically moderated a dispensation of water from a centralised supply to a domestic point of consumption, at last a tap that shines a light for the future, a bright brave ambitious tap that will begin to redress the long dark years when our disappointment was so profound that none of us dared to imagine a brighter dawn. Welcome the rich tapestry of life, our taps runneth over.

  • zuleica nascimento

    It looks like a shark, with a long tail…a friendly shark at all…

  • rik

    I LOVE YOU ZAHA! WILL YOU MARRY ME?!?!?!?!

  • Chris

    I don’t get it, the images make it very difficult to understand.

  • Tom Sawyer

    Ooooh I hope she designs the drain next, surely we need a drain of the future. It would be absolute chaos to have a super futuristic tap used with a conventional outdated drainpipe.

  • Kelly

    I agree, somehow her “human scaled” objects, furniture, fittings and now this tap, have a more direct relationship with the individual that is maybe, diverted in the larger scale projects. They have the tactility that makes people WANT to touch, use, enjoy…

    Zaha, like Vivienne Westwood is perhaps a victim of the ‘tag’ that is given her, companies approach her with the idea that they want something different, then they, (Vivienne, Zaha) give them something different and the public then goes “what’s this… its different, I don’t understand it and I don’t like it” The designer gets the fallout and the company enjoys the hoohah!

    That said the tap is gorgeous. I’d love it, even if it only had two ways of delivering my water!

  • http://www.eatas.com.au Thiefsie

    Obviously a challenge for the photographer… they’re virtually all the same shot, except the red one.

    I don’t mind the tap, but for some reason I like my faucets to be totally oblique and rigid, I don’t know why. Looks pretty alluring though with it’s simple shape.

  • http://www.architectonica.ca dariusz

    lovely..sexy, sleep and beautiful.. great object! Can’t wait to be able to afford a my own home in London..uhm…

  • ambroise

    please give us some technical info or, at least, a picture with the water.

  • Jason

    Zaha, will you design a dildo next??!

  • http://www.agidconsultants.com Tania

    Nice work Zaha. And a great tap indeed.

  • MP

    her stuff is so gaudy.

  • alan

    your work wonderful this is architect…..wow

  • Nikki

    Great to see Zaha is still in touch with her snake charming roots.

  • George

    nice, but the price?!

  • zee

    i must admit, that is one sexy tap.

    She should quit architecture and start product designing because her recent architectural work sure looks good but is repetitive. Her product designs have been amazing