Are These The Tap Faucets of The Future?

tap faucets of the future

I love a trend and will happily jump on it if I love it enough. Copper and marble are supposedly on their way out, but terracotta, natural, and recycled materials are on their way in.

Last week as I was busily writing posts ahead of schedule (so I can go away next week), I decided to do a little research to see what trends we will see in bathrooms for 2017.

I came across these amazing tap faucets, which were created by world-renowned designers as part of a creative project, The Axor WaterDream.

Axor invited David Adjaye, Werner Aisslinger, FRONT, GamFratesi, and Jean-Marie Massaud to create a unique water spout that revealed the designer’s value of water in our personal living spaces. The faucets were to push boundaries and challenge ideas around the tap faucet.

The designers came up with very unique looking faucets that were fully functional and put on display for a week at Axor’s Milan Design Week exhibition for Salone del Mobile 2016 back in April.

Axor WaterDream
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In terms of functionality, I think the water pressure would annoy me, or maybe it’s something you get used to?

They are definitely a work of art – more like a water feature in your basin and a different take on the metallic mixers that are a popular choice in retail, commercial and domestic spaces.

Designer, Werner Aisslinger, used clay for his faucet combining modern and older materials to create a futuristic design with a shelf that could be used to hold soap or a plant as pictured.

The Sea and the Shore by Werner Aisslinger



Zen by GamFratesi
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Ritual by David Adjaye


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Mimicry by Jean-Marie Massaud



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Water Steps by FRONT


Ironically terracotta, clay and rust are big trends for interiors this season.

Despite the visual appeal of these spouts, I’m not sure if they will ever come into production. I wouldn’t want to know the cost to purchase one of them.

In terms of design they are definitely different and challenge the standard taps we see in all bathrooms.

What do you think of the designs? Which one is your favourite? Or are they too arty farty for you?

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