John Thackara

Bad taps, Good taps

Continuing our theme of systems thinking and the need for a new aesthetics — oh, what the heck, let's talk about taps.

I have encountered many wonderful things here in Mexico, but these taps are not among them.

After nearly a week, I still have no idea which I am supposed to turn them to achieve the desired effect — or any effect, come to that.

The tap below, on the other hand, is a revelation. You learn to press the little lever *just so*, and get just the water you need, with no waste, no scalding, and no stress.

Thank you Mr or Ms Mexican tap designer for this breakthrough.


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Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…

Joe Moran

Is anyone else bothered by faucets that don't give you enough room between the stream of water and the side of the sink?

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