Water=Life by Arik Levy


Water=Life by Arik Levy

Designer Arik Levy presents a pebble-shaped device for opening water bottles at Maison&Objet in Paris this week.

Water=Life by Arik Levy

Called Water=Life, the object fits over the top of a water bottle, gripping the cap's ridges with its teeth to create a larger handle with more leverage.

Water=Life by Arik Levy

The natural pebble shape means it sits discretely on the table when not in use.

Water=Life by Arik Levy

Levy created the device for inclusive products company Omabia.

Water=Life by Arik Levy

He seems to have a thing about water at the moment - check out his Well of Life lamp here and see all our stories about his work here.

Water=Life by Arik Levy

Here's some text for Arik Levy:

Water=Life is a techno-poetic project where design meets everyday needs. For his cooperation with Omabia, an organization whose objectives are to improve our everyday life, Arik Levy has come up with a simple, poetic and functional concept to facilitate and improve access to water and other drinks.  We all experience situations such as hearing a child say : ‘Papa can you open the bottle for me’, or witnessing an aged person having the same problem. It is sad to see that a very simple task such as opening a bottle of water or soft drinks can be difficult and unsolved. Sometimes I also have to make a big effort myself.

I wanted to create an enigmatic object that does not give itself away too fast and of which one can appreciate the appearance as well as the functionality. A river-stone was the inspiration. Water comes from the rocks and in this case it’s a river-stone that gives us access to water.  By simply placing the river-stone on the screw-cup lead of the bottle, the cone with its multiple radial pressure lines serves as a hooking device. Applying a very minor pressure and turning the river-stone form allows you to benefit from a greater leverage and extra force so as to snap the lead security band open with no effort.

Once the river-stone is put back on the table, it goes back to being an object of nature and becomes part of a metaphor.

  • Guybrush

    WTF?! Was it necessary? Fingers don't do the job?
    I bet in a couple of months he will design a pebble to handle the pebble… :S

    • Dansercoer

      Ever heard of arthritis etc.?

    • Sii

      Other than arthritis, some people have very dry hands and not enough strength to open tightly closed bottles (me being one of them). The lack of moisture and grip makes it very hard for me to open those tightly closed bottles, so this shape will make things a lot easier.

  • Rob

    Water= life, but not bottled water. This thing is only adding to wasting our earth. Just drink tap water!

    • Dansercoer

      True, but not every drink comes out of a tap, and not every bottle is made out of plastic. Please note the word 'inclusive'; be happy that you don't have to use it!

  • nagore

    what!? as if the waste of all the plastic bottles wasn't enough… it's also nice and small so it can be carried in the pocket at all times, eh…

  • bietis

    I agree Guybrush. Maybe its for corks glued to the bottle.

  • Pablo Iván

    The role of an industrial designer is to create and execute design solutions towards problems of form, usability, physical ergonomics, marketing, brand development and sales. I think this designer is not solving a problem, there is not a problem! instead creates objects that are forgotten in a week. Not everyone has the ability to create or innovate, you should get to practice another profession.

    • No name here, please

      You do?

  • Peter

    Right at the moment, i am designing rubber gloves to give the slippery pebble surface more torque. Watch this space!

  • roberto

    In Singapore you will certainly use this, bottles here are too tight. I like them. Thumbs up.

  • Haus-auf-Hunter

    I completely agree… what a completely pointless object. can you imagine "I'm dying of thirst, oh wait! now where did I put that pebble?".
    The only situation I could ever imagine this being used is in a restaurant, and even then I would hope that the water was decanted into something more appealing than a plastic bottle prior to arriving at my table.

  • Asem

    I dont think we have issues in opening water bottles, Arik.

  • Hellarad

    So…uhh, yea, I'm with @guybrush. Water = life, and plastic bottles = landfill eco disaster.

  • water

    ask your child or your grandma to open one….with a bit of observation one can see that due to the transport and security the safety ring on the cup has be come stronger and stronger….that protects the brands from replacing B that open by them self or with small pressure BUT apply a radical increase of effort needed to open the B.


  • edward

    The problem here is the device is limited to a set diameter cap. There are devices that are adjustable to accommodate a variety of closures. Hence, no great leap forward here.

    • Roob

      If you actually look at the product you will see that the inside opening surface actually tapers, so it could be used on many diameters.

  • Its cute and clever, but I don't really think its necessary. I can open bottle water just fine. This is one of those things you give as a gift to the person who has everything.

  • John

    less = futile? I do understand the need of this project for elder people, but still?

  • hugo

    this is probably the best engineered skipping stone. just throw it on a lake and see it plane over the water… and then sink and be forgotten.

  • In my country we use our fingers…

  • Aaron

    If the product is designed for children and old people then it's still a poor solution. I doubt my children’s hands could grip something of this size. For old people this design does increase the amount of possible torque one can apply to the cap, but in a form that provides little grip in either form or surface (funnily enough the interior of the pebble acknowledges this need for grip through it's ridges).

  • paperform

    As an object – yes – it is beautiful and functional.
    However like a lot of the other commenters, I always despair when more manufactued stuff is pumped out into the world with very little obvious gain/need.
    Is it produced in China I wonder?

  • Rivka

    I think it is cool for eldery who struggle with opening bottles

  • kapnkrunch

    So, I only ever drink bottled water when I'm out. And I'm not likely to carry one of these around.
    So I'd have it at home, when I'd never need to use it as I only drink bottled water when I'm out.

    Even if you have arthritis, you've got to question why you're opening bottled water at home?

  • atheneum

    why don't you use a rubber band to open a tight cap? wait a minute….don't tell me you're going to create the same thing but in a rubber based material?

  • As an "OXO Good Grips" product it could be tenable, but together with majority of diskussants I doubt wether it is necessary to solve everything through proliferation of material consumption. Those, who are interested, should pay attention to papers of Tony Fry, to his radical, nevertheless justified concept of "reduction by design". To continue on spreading the material consumption, does not bring the genuine happines to humans anyway, despite how "tasty is the lure of newly designed artifacts", and it also means proliferation of wrong memplex – consumerism.

  • A really good design. For senior people is useful but maybe too much cool…

  • peta becker

    Too much time wasted on too many things we don't need. He's a great designer, but BIG NO to bottled water, and now it has to be accessorised? Don't think so….

  • Koen

    In terms of uselessness, it certainly does not go far enough. What happens if I lose the pebble? or I get it confused with the ones in my flowerbeds!…I think it should include a chip that I can call from my cellphone to know where I lost my precious pebble…

  • irenamm

    Use the tap water, all you need is a glass!
    Come on, we don't need bottled water, much less this plastic pebble bottle opener.
    Good for the designer, hopefully he got some money in advance because it will not live long.

  • martini-girl

    Sometime i wonder about dezeen readers and their lack of intelligence.

    This is not designed for the average user. This is designed for those in need.

    My husband has arthritis and cannot open bottles. We have a device that does exactly what this devise does. The only difference is that our device is ugly (as all aid devices are) and this one is beautiful.

    The device opens any size bottle with ease as the inside grip section is angled and has ridges. We keep our ugly device on the counter for the entire family to use.

    Perhaps you 'designers' can't quite see beyond your own experiences. That makes for one rotten designer.

  • Paivi

    I’m disgusted. Absolutely disgusted.

    …about the selfishness and short-sightedness most of the commentators are projecting here!! I’m a designer myself, but in your comments I can clearly see a bunch of snobby “designers” who actually forget to design products for the ones who actually need them the most, insted you lot design more ‘cool stuff for cool people’.

    I think Arik has a really good thought behind his product. God forbid if any of you ever get arthiritis, OR get old, OR have kids, OR have, say, a broken finger (just one broken finger is enough to reduce your normal ability, trust me) OR travel to a country where it’s not safe to drink tap water OR if you ever happen to drink any other drinks from bottles than water.

    I recommend you lot read some Viktor Papanek.

  • jessilyn

    This encourages one-time-use plastic bottles, an unsustainable product that is a landfill disaster and contributes to the plastic in our oceans.

    Plastic=Death of our ecosystem.

  • mike

    The concept is not bad. You may criticise the execution, or the (false) fact that it encourages the use of bottled water.
    1. People often have problems opening bottles. Both young kids and elderly people have difficulties due to the hand structure, strength and in case of elderly, health problems.
    2. Boo! for bottled water, but still, this product tries to solve a problem concerning this type of packaging, that, aldough it isn´t our favourite, will remain here for long time. This product wont prevent from bottles to dissapear when this finally happens. Hopefully it will be soon.