Even though there are plenty of appealing designs out there, taps aren’t normally things that grab one’s attention. This one has done just that – perhaps because, unlike politicians, we love transparency. Hansgrohe and Axor have partnered up with designer Philippe Starck to create the Axor Starck V. The minimalist design focuses on water in action. The crystal glass spout shows the water vortex into a spin as it flows up and out. Not only is it a beautiful design and mesmerising to watch (not so good if you’re on a meter), it’s functional too.
If the stylish nature and classiness of the design don’t move you, perhaps its other advantages might. It comes in fourteen colour variants, including chrome, high-gloss white, brushed nickel and sandblasted crystal glass – something for everyone. The click-in design and safety-stop function make it very easy to remove the glass body from its base to clean it – even without having to close the valve. What’s more, the crystal glass is dirt-resistant. The starting price is upwards of £750, depending on the finish. For more information, see hansgrohe-int.com.