With the environment at the forefront of a lot of people minds, Minosa™ set to redefine the residential & light commercial hand basin with this clever new design piece
In today's environmentally focused society; The Puddle® washbasin has the perfect blend of form and function. Designed as a powder room washbasin for those areas were the retention of water is not required it's water saving credentials & the recycled material melds form & function with a green smile.
The Puddle was originally designed in 2002 & has been reinvented in 2012 by utilising Recycled Corian. We wanted to further enhance the green credentials of The Puddle® washbasin by manufacturing it from a recycled product.
Interview with Darren & Simona the designers behind Minosa on The Puddle & it’s reinvention
What is the design inspiration? Inspired by today's climatic issue's The Puddle® is manufactured from a Recycled Corian® & pushes the boundaries for bathroom washbasins. It has been designed to force the consumer to question how it works; how do i prevent the splashing; how much water do i actually need? Why do we require such deep washbasins? What material is this? How does it out perform Porcelain? By asking these questions the consumer will understand that they do not require a basin that will hold 10litres of water nor do they require their tapware to utilise 9 litres of water per minute or greater like most homes do. They will discover that there is a more sustainable way function in the bathroom.
What stands out about the design? The relative flatness of the hand basin & the lack of water retention; The first thing that needs to be understood about The Puddle washbasin is how the water reacts to flat surfaces; when water is unregulated (running really fast) it will repel and splash, The Puddle® is designed to work with a water flow rate of 5litres per minute, we do not need excessive flow rate at the hand basin. Once water is running at this flow rate it is actually very soft, the water will conform to the shape it is hitting rather than repelling against it.
What materials are used? Recycled Corian® - we have two categories one is the basic whites & the other is the recycled range. The recycled range has up to 13% recycled content. The recycled content has come from the waste generated from the manufacturing process.
Does it have sustainability features? YES! There is a lot going for this product, firstly it is Australian made. This product was designed for the Australian market, we are a large island that around 10 years ago realised that we may have a limited water supply so we as a nation started to frantically think of ways to reduce our consumption from water restrictions to setting up national programs to reduce our daily water usage (WELS) Thru the use of our water save device we can easily reduce household water consumption, reducing splashing at the hand basin and greatly improve the design aesthetic of the modern bathroom
We wanted to ensure that each of our washbasins was hand made by a artisan here in Sydney, by doing this we can offer a great quality assurance as it is not a production line more love and care goes into each and every washbasin & we will only ever make what we need.
The choice of material is/was a key factor in the sustainability of not only this hand basin but also our entire range! We chose Corian® by DuPont™ as it hand almost all of the qualities we need.
Is it value for money? it is not cheap at the initial purchase stage, but given its environmental performances, over time it will prove to be great value for money!
About Corian® by Du Pont™
Invented by DuPont™ in 1967, Corian® is the original solid surface. DuPont™ Corian® is a solid, seamless, non-porous homogenous surfacing material made from natural minerals and acrylic resin.
DuPont™ Corian® is manufactured in compliance with strict standards in order to limit waste and energy consumption at all stages of the production process. Both the material itself and the joining adhesive are GREEN GUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® as producing low VOC emissions. DuPont™ Corian® can also help commercial building projects obtain credit points toward achieving their desired Green Star rating
DuPont™ Corian® is a non-porous material. It is solid through it's entire thickness and can be fabricated with inconspicuous seams, rendering it's surface hygienic. DuPont™ Corian® surfaces do not support the growth of bacteria or fungi.
DuPont™ Corian® can be joined together seamlessly to create a one piece homogenous look, giving virtually unlimited design possibilities as a decorative surface
LONG LIFE CYCLE AND RE-USABILITY
Corian® has a long life cycle and requires less replacement over time, offering exceptional cost-effectiveness with reduced waste. Corian® can also be easily renewed to its original appearance. And due to its renewability and inconspicuous joins, Corian® can be recycled, reconditioned or reused from an existing application to another new one.
Corian® meets or exceeds emissions guidelines for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD for Children and Schools™. Corian® is also approved and listed on Eco Specifier. No single product can earn certification, since GBCA awards certification only to the complete building. However, specifying Corian® for a variety of installations can help construction projects earn points in several categories.
Corian® is non-toxic and non-allergenic to humans. This has been third-party certified to be free of heavy metals and comply with the EU Directive 2002/95EC on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS).
Suitable for both horizontal and vertical applications, DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces combine beauty and performance with a range of environmental benefits to help designers and consumers create functional and aesthetically pleasing designs.
Minosa is committed to supporting Australian design and manufacture