By THE NATION
Announced recently in Tokyo, the 21 Red Dot Award-Winning Designs Shaping the Home, included such marvels of modern technology as an IoT-connected postal box that lets you remotely speak to the postal carrier, making package-delivery and pickup easier and faster; ceramic wall tiles that help control room humidity and odours, now customisable with your own images; and 3D-printed metal faucets that blend cuttingedge technology and craftsmanship, reshaping how we interact with water.
Lixil Group Corporation, maker of pioneering water and housing products, saw 21 of its product designs from across its brand portfolio recognised with a Red Dot Design Award for 2019.
Below is a snapshot of some of Lixil’s winning products.
Inax: InSpout Filtration Kitchen Faucet
From the brand that developed Japan’s firstever commercial shower toilet comes a water faucet with a highperformance carbon filter in its spout. Years of developing ceramics and water filters have gone into creating a water filter with a diameter of this size. In Japan, it isn’t uncommon for kitchens to have a second faucet to filter tap water; integrating the water filter into the main water faucet now helps users free up sink space, as well as storage space since an undersink filtration system is no longer needed. For convenience, easy-to-use controls to turn the filter on and off, as well as change spray patterns, are located on the head of the spout.
Grohe: 3D Metal-Printed Faucet
Grohe is shaping the future of water through new manufacturing technologies, including a unique formula of granules for its 3D metal printers. Its Icon 3D faucets reinterpret the brand’s existing Allure Brilliant and Atrio lines, demonstrating how 3D printing can influence a new generation of design. By reducing the design of the faucet to its essentials, GROHE is not only saving resources but also evolving a new interactive experience with water.
American Standard: Easy-SET Exposed Shower Mixer With comfort and safety in mind, the shower and bath mixer by American Standard for its Asia-Pacific markets keeps water temperature comfortably constant, even when water pressure fluctuates, preventing both scalding and cold watershock. Featuring easy to use push and turn controls to preset water volume and temperature, the mixer also offers a surface and sidehook to keep bath essentials within easy reach.
DXV: AT200 LS Spalet
AT200 LS pairs luxury design and performance with personalised hygiene, while cleansing features a fresh, out-of-the-shower feeling. Advanced features harness the power of technology to keep your room smelling fresh, with air circulation, room refresh deodoriser, and an air shield deodoriser. The AT200 LS comes with a soft night light to illuminate the seat and bowl, aerated feminine wash and aerated posterior wash with dual adjustable self-cleaning nozzles, and a heated toilet seat.
Lixil: Smart Package Postal Box
Lixil’s Smart Package Postal Box is a IoT mail box that lets you talk to the postal carrier via your smartphone, enabling you to receive larger packages when not home. You can even leave your own packages inside for the postal carrier to pick up, cutting down on those trips to the post office, and ultimately providing users with “time value”. Integrating both a mail box and a package postal box, it also provides “spatial value”.
Nitto Cera and Lixil, Ondeman Ecocarat Wall Tiles
Ecocarat is a genre of tile that helps to keep indoor humidity levels comfortable and neutralise odours. And now its designs are customisable through a new service that lets users print images on the ceramic, whether family photos or designs. The tiles come with a magnetic backing so they can be fitted onto a steel sheet that is secured to a wall, meaning users can switch designs any time.