It would appear that the model in the photograph below is in love with a strange piece of sculpture. In reality, she’s got a thing for a fascinating device that welds art to sustainability, literally: the self-heating Piezo Shower, which comes to us by way of Green Muze.
That odd metal grill you see is in actuality a series of very small pipes, through which cold water is piped. By some miracle of piezoelectrics–devices that use movement, vibration, and/or compression to generate electricity–these pipes actually heat the water moving through them using nothing but the movement of the water itself. It’s somewhat mind-blowing–perhaps that’s the reason the model in the photograph can’t seem to leave the shower and get on with her day.
You’d think that something this wild was a far-fetched concept design, miles from reality. It is, however, a real thing, designed by an international team of aspiring designers, including Sebastian Jansson of Finland, Fernanda Pizà of Mexico, Victor Stelmasuk of Brazil and Natalie Weinmann of Germany, who call their invention “futuristic yet feasible.” The Piezo Shower recently won the Salone Satellite Award.