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The new three-way Triflow tap designed by Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid was launched a couple of months ago in London. Inspired by the movement of water, the tap’s shape plays on the image of a continuous flow that merges the spout, body and handle of the tap into a seamless trajectory of curvilinear geometries.

That’s not all. A new technology has been incorporated into the design which is the extra internal tube. This allows cold water, hot water and drinking water to be separated, thus allowing the latter to avoid contamination with the two lines of non-treated water. A special treatment cartridge cleanses the drinking water and can be replaced over time.

A touch sensitive electric button differentiates the drinking water with the hot and cold water systems, which are controlled by discrete handles. It even has a battery in case of power cuts.

“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,” said Zaha Hadid. “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.”

The highly developed and uniquely ceramic coring process has resulted in a tap that is both functional for a kitchen or bathroom and also as a piece of art.

It’s designer, Zaha Hadid, was born in Baghdad in 1950. She went on to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and from there went on to work with Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, becoming a partner in 1977.

Known more as an architect than a product designer, she has completed building projects across the globe including the London Aquatics Centre, the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg and the recent Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at the Michigan State University. In 2008, she ranked 69th on the Forbes list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”.

See: Triflow Concepts