How we will wash our hands in the future
When the coronavirus first emerged in the United Kingdom, the design agency Bompas & Parr launched its Fountain of Hygiene competition to rethink the way we clean our hands, a precautionary measure that has been the first line of defense in the fight against the pandemic.
Eight proposals have now been selected. They will be exhibited at the Design Museum in London once it reopens, before being auctioned by Christie’s to raise funds for the British Red Cross. Here is a rundown on these prototypes, which may one day replace our bottles of hand sanitizer.
‘The Bubble Party’ by Steve Jarvis
In the “Industrial Design” category, Steve Jarvis has presented a playful device that blows out bubbles of hand sanitizer. Poetic, and more attractive than a standard dispenser, the Bubble Party is also distinguished by the fact that users do not need to touch any parts or surfaces when cleaning their hands.
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Submitted an entry this weekend to @bompasandparr & @designmuseum, for the #fountainofhygiene Sanitiser Design Competition. While raising money for the @britishredCross this was an open request to the world of design to explore concepts and ideas around the delivery and rituals of hand washing. I decided to keep my concept pretty light and fun. 😉 . . ’The Bubble Party’ Imagine when we finally get back to having small, social gatherings, the experience of hand sanitizer in the form of a floating cloud of bubbles, seeing people both young and old, drawn to play, capture and get clean! So much more inviting than simply passing around a basic plastic bottle from person to person.
Hand sanitizer formulated into a liquid able to foam and bubble will fuel this new, elegant and fun bubble making machine.
Crafted from easy to clean parts and materials (glass, copper, ceramic), a center piece of any small, social gathering. Bubbles are blown into the air using a no contact, gestural activation, or simple timed ‘bubble bursts’. . . . #portland #design #industrialdesign #visual #designlife #designer #vision #aesthetic #concept #bubbles #party #fountainofhygiene #bompasandparr #sanitiserdesign #designmuseum #dezeen #britishredcross #creatives #opencall #competition #makers #designers #inventors #covid19 #innovation
‘Step One’ by Sally Reynolds
Sally Reynolds has reconciled hygiene and aesthetics with her “Step One” sanitizer dispenser, which is equipped with a copper tap and pedal and a terrazzo-inspired casing.
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Luxury Fountain of Hygiene: functional hand sanny dispenser for public use, pedal action bladder, hypothetically constructed of recycled hard plastics. Shortlisted in @bompasandparr #fountainofhygiene . . . . . . #design #industrialdesign #luxury #sanitizer #sanitiser #handwash #plastic #redcross #london #aesthetic #functional #hands #britishredcross #ritual
‘Seaweed Capsules by Terry Hearnshaw
In the “Sustainable Design” category, Terry Hearnshaw drew inspiration from the drinks industry trend for liquids in capsules. With regard to hand hygiene, his approach has many advantages, among them regulation of sanitizer dosage, and the avoidance of plastic. The spherical capsules are made from seaweed.
‘Hygiene Friendly Visits’ by Line Johnsen
Why not have doorbells that do more than just alert us to the fact that someone has come to visit? This was the starting point for Line Johnsen’s idea for a bell that also works as a sanitizer dispenser.
‘Buggy’ by Zoe Lester, Beth Thomas, Emma Chih, Erin Giles and Kris Murphy
In the “Awareness and Communication” category, Buggy has been created to remind us that our phones may also transmit the virus. The mobile application counts all of the individual contacts between your fingers and your phone’s display. When these are numerous, ugly green creepy-crawlies, which are designed to represent germs, appear on the screen. The app also has plenty of helpful advice on how to clean your handset.
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Pleased to announce that my team at @immediatemediaco have won the @bompasandparr Fountain of Hygiene competition in the category of Awareness & Communication! We will be exhibited at the Design Museum when it opens again and have had a nice mention in Its Nice That, link in bio :) @erinlouisegiles @em__ch @innerwestfoodie @beththomas.ux #sustainabledesign #covid19 #fountainofhygiene #humancentereddesign #bompassandparr #britishredcross #itsnicethat #designforcovid19
‘Paint Your Hands Clean!’ by Kate Strudwick, Amos Oyedeji, Alexander Facey and Nicole Stjernswärd
The four designers aim to encourage children to use sanitizer with a product that makes hand-cleaning a fun activity that is no longer a chore. The result of their collective efforts is a PH-sensitive sanitizer gel that changes color when it is rubbed into hands. It comes in a bottle with a brush applicator to make it easy for children to apply it.
‘Handle Sanitizer’ by Bo Willis
Due to the large numbers of people who have no option but to touch them, door handles are major vectors for virus transmission. “Handle Sanitizer” by Bo Willis not only takes this into account but also transforms handles into sanitizer distributors by providing them with sponge covers that are pumped full of gel.
The budding designer also submitted a second project for “Sanitizer Walls”, which are planted with cinnamon, aloe vera, cloves, rosemary and eucalyptus. The idea is for people to clean their hands just by touching this disinfectant vegetation.
‘Centrepeace’ by Conrad Haddaway, Twomuch Studio and Inga Ziemele
There are 10 times more germs on a smartphone than there are in a dog’s bowl. So not surprisingly, taking out your mobile at the dinner table is never a good idea, especially in the context of the current health crisis. Above and beyond that, it is just plain rude.
The team behind this last project has addressed both of these problems with “Centrepeace”, a sterilization unit that can clean smartphones during mealtimes, which combines improved hygiene with better table manners. CL
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