Written by: Advanced Product Designer, Nate Asis
Umbra Quench Watering Can
SOMETHING TO PUT ON DISPLAY
I wanted to create something “iconic” that would look great sitting on a shelf. Something with a very graphic shape, using simple geometry.
A typical watering can has 3 functional parts; reservoir, handle and spout. I was exploring shapes to see how I could simplify the form, and tried to combine the handle and spout.
I have a few plants at home, and would always just end up using a drinking glass to water them. I tried to imagine something that I would be proud to display next to all my plants.
With the tight timeline that this brief was supposed to launch, I knew that we couldn’t do anything that involved plastic tooling, mixed materials, or anything too complex. I started sketching ideas for form with those constraints in mind. I landed on stainless steel as a material that we could use that would both be rust-proof and nice quality.
Nate Asis' Original Umbra Quench Design Sketches
TESTING & SAMPLES
Before getting too far into the design process, its always good to take a break from the computer screen and get a physical sense of your design. This very quick mockup was made using just scrap paper and tape to check proportions and scale.
Quench Prototype, Samples & Final Product
My favorite part of Quench is the reflections it produces. The high-polish finish paired with the graphic shape gives a really interesting effect.