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Microscopic bacteria and oceanic organisms embellish water purifier

It’s difficult to imagine how you could embellish something as simple and pure as tap water, but Studio Formafantasma has given it a go anyway. Their latest collection is called “Still,” which pairs carefully engraved crystals with copper and activated charcoal to improve the taste of tap water. The Italian designers have been fascinated with water purification since their earlier experiments in 2012.

The crystals have been engraved with one of two different patterns: a contemporary microscopic view of bacteria found in rivers, or a 19th century representation of an organism that lives in the oceans and is characterized by having a skeleton made of silica, the main element of glass.

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