Let's talk about lab water
Let's talk about lab water
The second blog in the series continues to look at how our latest product, PURELAB Chorus, holds up to the approach to product design outlined by Deiter Rams. Today we’ll be exploring the principles of usefulness, aesthetics and unobtrusiveness.
“A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product while disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.”
Two central doors open to offer easy access to the essential “inards” of the PURELAB Chorus while consumables can be removed quickly and easily using only one hand leaving you free to titrate with the other (We don’t suggest you try this in your lab – but if you do make sure you are also hula hooping – it’s much more fun that way)! The design has been considered to make sure that consumables are easy to change meaning less time spent maintaining the unit and more time using it to help scientists perform experiments.
The PURELAB Chorus concept has enabled choice to configure a solution to suit multiple laboratory applications, spaces and budgets. As such you only have to choose the elements of the product that you will find useful for your laboratory. By calculating the feed water quality and flow rates, assessing the desired water quality and which impurities need to be removed for the intended applications only the essential elements need to be selected. For example a flexible halo dispenser could be invaluable for one person, while another may be happy with the dispenser in a fixed position on the unit or on the wall.
The modular nature of PURELAB Chorus means that individual elements can be positioned where they will be of most use in the lab. For example a tank fed by a Chorus 2 or 3 could be installed close to a sink to provide water for glassware washing, while the Chorus 1 and dispense could be positioned on a bench to provide type I ultrapure water for more critical applications.
“Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.”
Well ok not quite… but you can place the various elements of the lab water system where you like so that only the Halo dispensers are on display. The Chorus units and tanks can be placed under a bench or on the wall, or even in a different room. Pretty Nifty if you’re short on bench space!
The PURELAB Chorus offers a simple architectural form broken by a pure white light that reflects the purity of the water it is producing. The display on the PURELAB Chorus 2 and PURELAB Chorus 3 gives a clear indication of water quality without aggressively interrupting scientists at work while the slim, iconic halo dispensers provide subtle light to indicate the status of the system.
“The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.”
We wouldn’t be so arrogant as to call our own design beautiful but we certainly think it looks great in the lab. It’s a departure from square boxes and sharp lines to flowing curves and subtle glowing lights. The colours and materials used have been chosen to blend in with the laboratory environment to ensure that it does not detract from the work of scientists, but enhances their environment.
If you missed the first part of our product design series, simply click to read part 1. Part 3 will look at how the PURELAB Chorus fares with three more of Dieter Ram’s principles. Good design makes a product understandable, is honest and long lasting.