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first image 'eliodomestico' by gabriele diamanti italian designer gabriele diamanti has developed 'eliodomestico' a solar-powered water distiller made from terracotta, recycled plastic and anodised zinc. the device produces 5 litres of drinking water daily and is one of 12 finalists in the prix émile hermés 2011 competition . compared to traditional solar stills, 'eliodomestico' is designed to function without filters nor electricity, and requires minimal maintenance. using traditional technologies, the system has no negative environmental impact and will create positive outcomes for the local economies because it's to be produced by local craftsmen. taking from archetypal forms and materials, the distiller is easy to use: in the morning fill the water tank with water from a local source and in the evening collect clean, evaporated and re-condensed water in a portable basin placed underneath the tank. working process
Kelvin Quinnine has shivered through more San Francisco nights than he can count, fog biting through whatever worn-out sleeping bag he pitched onto the sidewalk. He stood last week on Ellis Street with his latest bag wrapped around him.
Just inside the entrance to the National Design Triennial, at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, sits the Solvatten, a shiny, black rectangular plastic container resembling an ordinary gasoline canister. Your first reaction upon seeing it might be to wonder why it’s sitting inside a design museum; however, the nondescript package masks world-changing functionality. When the container is set out in the sun, it purifies water — no energy required.
Design & the third world