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2015

Tapio

ANNA ŁYSZCZ

Biography:
Anna Łyszcz studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at the Faculty of Design (Bachelor in 2015.) and the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts in Jerusalem; she is a co-founder of the collective M.A.M Airbag (bags made from airbags) and the Postwar Modernism Foundation. In 2013 she took part in the exhibition Everything Forever Now in MOCAK.

Project description:
“Tapio” is a carafe with filter and glasses, which allows for simple and elegant serving of tap water in restaurants. The water is filtered through charcoal elements and material called Madi Drop, developed and patented at the University of Virginia. Madi Drop is a porous element made of a ceramic impregnated with silver. Immersed in water releases silver particles, purifying it. Charcoal is an adsorbent material that eliminates impurities and odors. The project was made as a response to the reluctance of large part of Polish society to drink water from the tap. Anna looked especially at situations in which restaurants are serving water (tap water is still rarity, and prices of mineral water are extremely high). Studies have shown that some people are getting convince to drink tap water after filtration. “Tapio” is a carafe, which in visibly and uncomplicated way purifies the water in front of the customer. Serving tap water as an alternative to bottled water and other beverages, carries a number of environmental and economical benefits. It is therefore important to strengthen public awareness through activities that encourage to use of tap water. A simple but elegant form of “Tapio” can appear both on the table in a café or restaurant, or at home during the family meal.