Spin Control: An Award-Winning Faucet

Courtesy of Axor

Philippe Starck's elegant design for a tap that emphasizes the beauty of falling water.

The Hansgrohe Starck Axor V, a tap with a completely see-through body, began with Hansgrohe CEO Klaus Grohe, who tasked 
the designer and architect Philippe Starck with a mission: Design
 a faucet that capitalizes on the aesthetics of cascading water. Starck’s creation does away with the standard chrome and replaces it with top-grade crystal glass and a cutaway spout on which the water flows down as on a ravine. The proprietary technology that creates the vortex effect took the company’s researchers four years to develop and, since the faucet’s debut at Salone del Mobile in 2014, has become its standout feature. (The piece has won design awards the world over.) Perplexingly Hansgrohe has decided to make the Axor V unavailable in the United States, so while we can’t wait to outfit our kitchen and baths, we’ll just have to fly over to Italy (or Germany or France) to find one. About $1,120; hansgrohe.com.