Vital Vessels is dedicated to providing products that offer more than beauty and functionality: they are products that use Nature’s design principles, in particular the vortex effect for optimum benefit. This section provides background information and updates related to Vital Vessels product designs, as well as sources of knowledge and inspiration.
Magnum Wine Vessels
The Magnum egg shape combines form with function. Its intelligent design automates the convection process – creating a natural and gentle motion of fluid – through the fermentation and maturation stages. No outside intervention or stirring is required. The entire liquid content moves in the obstacle-free ovoid shape. The fluid forms a Torus Vortex. It happens due to:
• Liquid close to the ovoid’s surface cools and gently moves downwards
• The liquid in the middle of the vessel holds its temperature, and as the surrounding liquid (that’s closer to the ovoid’s surface) falls, its mass causes the liquid at the center of the vessel to gradually rise
• As it rises it comes closer to the outside surface of the vessel and the above process repeats
The smooth, flawless ceramic is fired for just the right porosity, allowing the liquid to breathe and evaporate. The resultant evaporative cooling at the outer edges stimulates circulation. As cooler and denser wine cascades slowly down the sides of the egg to the bottom, the warmer wine is funneled up the center. This process ensures constant cooling and continual circulation within the vessel. No stagnant areas exist.
Magnum 675 is cast with specially formulated slip. The shell is 9-11mm thick and fired over two days in a large, custom-built kiln – containing the three Magnum ceramic components – lid, body and stand. Eggs are leak tested when full (with 675 litres) for 96 hours. They are then force-dried for another 96 hours. Processed in the same firing for perfect fit, the sturdy detachable base provides complete stability.
Vital Vessels: Using Nature’s Elegant Design Solutions
Our ovoid fermentation and water storage vessels and the Flowform system for agricultural use all incorporate geometries of living forms in their design. Please explore the below information, videos and links to learn more about how biomimicry – following Nature’s designs – has informed the creation of these products.
Viktor Schauberger – Vortex Visionary
This one-hour documentary by Franz Fitzke conveys the story of this brilliant inventor’s key contribution to understanding and using Nature’s designs. Like environmentalist John Muir, geodesic dome designer Buckminster Fuller, eco-architect Paolo Soleri and “biomimicry” pioneer Janine Benyus, Schauberger discovered the key to a deeper understanding of our world and the role of technology is to be found in close study of Nature’s elegantly designed mechanisms and guiding principles.
Viktor Schauberger Vortex Video
This is a purely visual experience (with a great music bed featuring Jeff Beck) that shows the vortex in nature and how it can be used for technological applications. For more on Viktor Schauberger, see http://www.schauberger.co.uk/home.html
John Wilkes – Inventor of the Flowform System
John Wilkes (ARCA) from England, invented the Flowform in the early 1970’s as a result of his endeavors with Theodore Schwenk, as well as his artistic and geometrical research into nature, and especially into the natural forms fluids make. Creating a Flowform is a similar design process to making a good musical instrument. See this informative article by John Penner with numerous photos of Flowform systems.
Sevenfold Flowform – enlivening a natural swimming pool
This video shows a Flowform system in use with close-ups of the water path through the seven Flowforms.
Background on the Flowform Vortex Effect
The Flowform Method of water enhancement and mixing evolved through the research team seeking an understanding of the nature of water itself. Their work was based on the question: would it be possible to create an organ for water, which would enable it to manifest its full potential through the use of vortices? Development of the Method depended upon detailed observation of the way in which resistance and flow in any given situation generates rhythms in streaming water.
The fluid motion in a vortex creates a dynamic pressure. Once formed, vortices can move, stretch, twist, and interact in complex ways. A moving vortex carries with it some angular and linear momentum, energy, and mass. In a stationary vortex, the streamlines and path lines are closed. In a moving or evolving vortex the streamlines and path lines are usually spirals.
Modest increases of oxygen content in water can be achieved with relatively simple vortexial procedures. Larger increases in oxygen content, retained for longer periods of time, can be obtained by enhancing the vortex structure in a larger and more perfectly formed container, and adding oxygen in the form of “microbubbles.”
The egg shape stimulates a continuous, two-way rhythmical movement of water, expanding and contracting. The fluid is moving at different speeds, slower at the edge and faster as it moves inwards and downwards and then up and out again. No molecule of water is moving at the same speed as any other. A hollow develops, into which oxygen flows: ‘Boundary surfaces, with their rhythmical processes are the birthplaces of living things.’