Sakura

A modern watering can for small spaces.

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April 2018 | Duration: 4 weeks | Individual Project

Designing for Small Spaces

Household plants can do wonders for making a room feel brighter and more welcoming. The containers we use to water them, on the other hand, often take up more space than we'd like. Moving away from the large tin and blow molded cans seen in gardens, the objective of this project was to design a plastic watering can for small living spaces such as apartments, condos, and studios while considering ergonomics, aesthetics, and function.

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Design Objectives

Considering the constraints of a small environment, I set out the following design objectives for my product:

  • Easy to fill using a regular bathroom or kitchen sink

  • Size, form, and weight that allow for ease of use

  • Provide good water control; can be used to water plants at varying heights

  • Hold 1 to 2 litres of water; appropriate for watering common small to moderately sized household plants

  • Enhance the visual appeal of a home garden

Since storage is limited, I wanted to omit the need to store the product. My intent was to offer an unobtrusive design that could be left out as an elegant display.

Prototyping & User Testing

From my sketches I created 1:1 cardboard prototypes to gain a better understanding of use cycle and ergonomics. This stage helped to test comfort (handle length and width, spacing between handle and body, and curves), pouring (spout length and form), and overall size (testing with various bathroom sinks).

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Vase-like forms were uncomfortable and too small to hold practical amounts of water
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User testing with 3D models

Concept Ideation

While sketching I was inspired by a vase-like form that acted as a visual statement. From here, I moved towards exploring design elements that improved multi-functionality, such as handle form an size, spout length and curve, and hole placement for filling the container.

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Tip backwards to fit hole under tap
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Investigating hole placement and water flow
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Greater water capacity and elongated, tapered spout for better pouring

Use Cycle

The watering can's slender design allows it to maximize it's volume without taking up much space. The curved and elongated spout allows users to water hard-to-reach and hanging plants. The rounded form creates a gentle presence and is comfortable to hold. The placement of the hole is also strategically placed to easily fill from a regular faucet tap.

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Leave out as display

Carry 

Tilt to fit under tap

Fill through hole in handle

Water

Empty or leave for next time

Final Concept and Poster

Named after the Japanese cherry blossom for its distinct beauty, Sakura is a gentle, elegant and ergonomic take on the humble watering can that not only answers the spatial needs of a small apartment or condo, but also enriches the feel of a modern living space.

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