Aquaovo‘s Ovopur is a Quebec-designed water filter that won an Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award in 2009. Apart from the oddity of water pouring out of an egg, especially a black one, it seems interesting. I became interested in water filter/coolers after being reminded of the traditional Indian water cooler, the matka, by a post on Indian By Design. The matka cools water without using electricity, doesn’t demineralize water, and has been used successfully for centuries.
Aquaovo says that their design is based on a traditional Taiwanese water cooler and I imagine this item was a feature in many cultures worldwide. Most new water filter/coolers unfortunately tend to remove most minerals from our water, a problem since water has historically been a source of important nutrients. Brita filters suffer from this problem. It’s not clear to me the degree to which the Aquaovo demineralizes water – does anyone know? In any case a water filter/cooler is superior to plastic bottles for mineral water, which leach all kinds of chemistry into your water, cost a fortune and fill our landfills with needless waste. If anyone has tried the Aquaovo, please say in the comments how the water tastes. Thanks to Kelly for pointing this object out.
Lastly, look at this object, the ovo, by Manuel Desrochers:
Read more on the Aquaovo site (here’s the pdf brochure that explains everything) and also click below:
The OVOPUR unit combines the unique shape of an egg and the thermal properties of porcelain to preserve and revitalize water. Its sleek curves and total absence of right angles allow water to flow freely and naturally. Temperature differences and normal flow induce a biotic movement that prevents stagnation, reduces the risk of bacteria buildup, and helps to revitalize the water.
AQUAOVO looked for inspiration in nature and chose the life-giving egg shape to revitalize water
How It Works
Environmentally friendly to the core, the OVOPUR unit doesn’t consume any electricity, using gravity instead to filter and revitalize tapwater. Obtain crystal clear water in four easy steps:
a) Use a jug or OVOTAP to fill the 4 liter upper filtration reservoir and start the filtration process
b) Water trickles from the filtration reservoir into the main reservoir via the AQUACRISTAL filter cartridge
c) The main reservoir can hold up to 11 liters of pure, fresh water, with the water level indicated by the magnetic gauge
d) Simply activate the handle and drink!
With its multipurpose lid, the OVOPUR unit can be used every day in filtration mode, or in distribution mode for special occasions.