The earth has always been described as the blue planet, since 71% of its surface is covered with water. However, as we pay closer attention, only a small proportion of 2.5% is drinkable freshwater, whereas the rest 97% is contributing to salty oceans.
The design concept of “Metasequoia” was derived from the mystically vanished capital city of Loulan Kingdom, which had been the economical, political and cultural centre, as well as a major point of interchange between East and West. It is now called Loulan Ruins, which disappearance has strongly been posited to be due to water shortage. Inspired from the sere looking stump from Loulan Ruins, the “Metasequoia” design warns consumers to refer everyday water usage towards the historical declination of a great capital, thus spur people’s awareness of water conservation, allowing them to save every drip of water.
The design philosophy of “Metasequoia” is to add an visual dynamic towards the normal water tap through its gestalt and structure, in order to correct people’s habits of wasting water, as well as giving them warnings about the severeness of water shortage.