The Pioneer set is hand-crafted from borosilicate glass and hammered silver-plated copper and was inspired by both the age-old concept of adding silver to water to purify it and and current medical research into the use of the material to expedite the healing of wounds.
‘I knew that silver was being used in the medical industry, so I decided to look into other properties the material had and discovered that it has long been used to disinfect and purify water, from the Egyptians storing water in silver containers, to sailors and early American pioneers putting silver coins in their flasks, barrels and water supplies to preserve it and keep it fresh on their travels.’
The design uses silver components as efficiently as possible, as the first and last point of contact with the water – a silver cuff acts as a spout on the glass carafe and interconnected silver disks (representing the traditionally-used coins) are placed inside the vessel. The hammered finish was chosen to increase the surface area, thus increasing the amount of silver in contact with the water, and the design of the tumbler mirrors and complements the carafe.
Positively charged silver particles have been shown to oxidize and destroy negatively charged bacteria and pathogens, making it perfect for purifying drinking water. The extent to which silver can make water safe for drinking has yet to be proven, but on-going research suggests it is an exciting development for global water supplies.
Photography by Oskar Proctor.