The Water Tap

2011 Skills & Techniques

4-week project in collaboration with FM Mattsson Mora Group


The overall goal with this course was to get all students working with form and introducing clay to those who where new to the material.

The students where asked to design a mixer tap water fixture for the private bathroom, which is aesthetic and expressive in its form language. They also had to consider ergonomics,operation, function and form expression, as well as having an idea of the materials and how it should be produced. Due to the limited time and nature of this course, they was asked not to use your computers to design this, but rather work with sketches and physical sketch models.

In the first phase of the course all the inspiration where collected and mood and form imageboards where created.

In the second phase the sketching on paper but also with clay where introduced for a quick but proper concept and form development.

The concept where then presented with a clay model 1:1 and a poster that where done in the third and last phase.

External presentation at traid fair

During the Nordbygg 2012 trade fair in Älvsjö, Stockholm on the 20-23 of March, the students showed their designs in FM Mattsson´s stand.

- The students´ designs are generally at a very high level of execution, says Ostnor´s head of research and development Mikael Hansson. The students have worked hard and showed us innovative designs that could be valuable to us in the future.

External Tutor:

Mikael Hansson, Head of research and development, Östnor

Internal Tutors:

Jasjit Singh, Form teacher, Umeå Institute of Design
Oscar Björk, Ass Program Director, Umeå Institute of Design

Course responsible:

Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme

  • UID students

    Mikael Lindblom
    Martin Edlund
    Natalie Vanns
    William Van Beek
    Arturo Torres Tovar Carlos
    Kim Risager
    Robert Provó Kluit
    Stephanie Knödler
    Maxime Dubreucq
    Dawid Dawod
    Vincent Berkeley Chen