Publish Date: 15.06.2016

Category: News from the University

The Stingray water tap by Rok Kostanjšek, a 3rd year student of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, is one of five winning design solutions at the international student competition for the Hansgrohe design prize 2016 by iF.

Being ranked as one of the winners is an outstanding achievement for the young designer. This year’s competition Hansgrohe design prize 2016 by iF, which takes place under the organisational patronage of the iF awards (International Forum Design GmbH) – one of the most prestigious international design competitions, received over 11,000 entries from all over the world.

This year’s topic was “Efficient Water Design: Digitalising the Modern Bathroom”. Rok Kostanjšek convinced an international jury of experts of his Stingray design solution. He and four other winners will receive a prize of €5,000, and the award ceremony will be held on 16 and 17 June 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.

Stingray is a water tap or mixer that brings together aesthetics, economy and practicability. Kostanjšek designed the product under the mentorship of Lidija Pritržnik and drew inspiration from the movement of a stingray adjusting its body to different surfaces. In order to achieve efficient use of water, Stingray follows the user’s gestures in real time and adjusts the water discharge to the surface required by the user at a given moment.