The designer in her workshop.

Dutch designer Lotte de Raadt is very aware of the problems caused by the shortage of water in the world and, because of that, she creates tools and processes that are closely linked to this element. From her studio-workshop she offers a solution to problems related to water. She also hopes that the interaction that people establish with this liquid be one of full awareness, and with this hopes that they can assess all the uncertainty that surrounds it. “I think it is very important to know the value of many of the elements that we use on a daily basis, such as water. And design can be a good way of making this more transparent to raise awareness,” she says.

Through this same desire for collective consciousness, the Dutch designer produces many objects in her workshop, almost all made in ceramics, to stimulate the conscious use of this precious resource. Her project “Jugs of tap water” is one of the most notable, not only for the appearance and design of the product, but also because it uses a water temperature control system that has been used for many years by farmers from all over the world. With these containers made of terracotta, the water that is stored inside maintains the temperature of fresh water for a long time if kept in the shade.

Three of the models made in terracotta.

Preliminary sketches of the three terracotta bottles.

Made in three sizes in the same form, the bottles are intended to be a tool to replace, for example, traditional plastic water bottles.

“I think it is very important to know the value of many of the elements that we use on a daily basis, such as water” .

In addition, Lotte hopes to use this idea to help advocate for the consumption of tap water, something that in her country, the Netherlands, is 2000 times cheaper than bottled water. “At the moment in the Netherlands there is no marketing campaign in favour of the water consumption, despite the fact that there are very good supplier companies that guarantee its high quality,” says the designer.

Finishing of pieces before the baking process in the oven.

Each bottle includes a stopper, also made of terracotta to keep the water temperature constant – something well-known in Spain with the traditional botijo.

Photos: Lottederaadt/Xandra Van der Eijk.

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