Taps – a collection of designs

If wondered, I became fascinated by taps and their strange designs when I realised my children were having thoughts of how to use them. Since then I took photos of interesting, nice, clean, strange and failed designs. If you have any to share, I would be glad to add them to my collection.

Here is a list so far …






Taps 33: water control at the end of the spout. Turn the lever clockwise to start the flow.

Taps 32: foot operated drinking fountain

Taps 30: fountain with a weak water flow


Taps 26: a weird “lever from aerator” tap. Well … guess how it operates.


Taps 25: pull tap vs push tap. How to pull with soapy hands?


Taps 24: separated push tap. How to push them at the same time and wash hands? Beware of no sink plug.


Taps 23: Tap with pedals. I didn’t see them and was waiving to imaginary sensors all over the place.

Taps 22: a push tap with a nice design for temperature control. The amount of blue/red depicts the water temperature.

Taps 21: A tap with a sensor and a manual

Tap 19: adjust and push

Taps 18: the hiding tap. One needs to bend to see this (look at the post for a perspective of an adult).

Taps 17: hold me down tap. One needs to hold both levers down; at least it is possible to plug the sink.

Taps 16: the wings

Taps 15: joystick to play with. One can only wash one hand at the time. Except if moving lever with something else than hands.

Taps 14: a push me tap. With instructions and a light to draw attention.

Taps 13: confusing pulling and turning. Turn for temperature and pull out (tricky to spot) for the flow.

Taps 12: the side little handle to set the water temperature. One without the colour indication and one with it.

Taps 11: The Ripples tap. A whole new approach

Taps design 10 – What am I supposed to do here?

Taps 7 – a clean design with two coloured lines. A mixer tap with visible coloured signs for temperature.

Taps 6: Instructions tu push on a nice design with coloured symbols for the temp.

Taps 5: a waving interface with instructions and too much text

Taps 4: a mixer tap with hidden temperature signs

Taps 3: separated shower controls

Taps 2: the more one moves it to the left, higher the flow and hotter the water.

Taps 1: classic British separated tap. Plug the sink, mix in the water of desired temperature and wash yourself.

Why would one do that?