Disinfectant bubbles and algae capsules could be the future of hygiene
A machine that blows disinfectant bubbles, single dose algae capsules and a disinfectant doorbell are among the winners of Bompas & Parr hygiene fountain competition, which called for rethinking handwashing for coronavirus time.
Other winning entries include a tabletop phone sanitizer and a public dispenser made from recycled plastic.
Frequent hand washing has become the first line of defense against the spread of the virus, which is why the competition was set up to invite new methods and rituals for people to easily disinfect their hands.
Steve Jarvis, founder of Design by Steve Jarvis, won the Industrial Design category with its concept The Bubble Party. Jarvis has reinvented the popular bubble maker party accessory as a fun hand-cleaning activity.
A specialized machine coupled with the copper, known for its antiviral properties, is said to detonate bubbles of hand sanitizer for people to play with and pop.
Johnsen Line won the Gesture and Ritual category with its Hygiene Friendly Visits design – a contactless doorbell that dispenses disinfectant when the user puts their hands underneath to activate it.
Terry hearnshawThe Seaweed Capsules concept won the Sustainable Design category. Hearnshaw, who is a graphic designer for Nissen Richards, came up with the idea of putting a shot of hand sanitizer in a capsule that could be placed in a gumball machine or in portable blisters.
Edible seaweed capsules have already been tested as a sustainable alternative to plastic bottles.
“The design was sleek and I could imagine they could really help in situations where it’s socially awkward or embarrassing to carry an entire bottle of sanitizer,” said food journalist and author Bee Wilson.
“I loved the idea of the disinfectant becoming something shareable, almost like chewing gum.”
Wilson was on the jury for the Fountain Of Hygiene competition, along with Jules Chappell, Managing Director of London & Partners, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen. Marcus fairs, director of the design museum Tim marlow, experimental psychologist Charles Spence, global innovation director for Bicardi at Deb Pellen, and Bompas & Parr co-founder Harry Parr.
The Luxury Design category was won by a designer based in New York Sally reynolds. Called Step One, Reynolds designed a self-contained, pedal-activated dispenser.
Designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible to appeal to users, the base would be made from recycled plastic mixed in a terrazzo effect, with a trendy (and hygienic) copper spout and pedal. A replaceable disinfectant gel bladder would be stored inside the first stage.
The winners of the Child-Led Design category were Kate strudwick, Amos Oyedeji, Alexandre facey and Nicole Stjernswärd. Clean your hands! is a fun bottle of hand sanitizer topped with an applicator brush.
Kids could apply it to their hands like a paintbrush, and a pH-sensitive pigment made from red cabbage would change color as they rubbed it.
Bo Willis won the Cadet Designer category for adult nominations on behalf of someone under the age of 18. Called Handle Sanitiser, Willis suggested making sponge covers for the door handles that would be filled with hand sanitizer.
When people opened the door, they were given one hand covered in disinfectant, which they could then rub on the other hand.
“I found this deceptively simple idea absolutely inspired,” Wilson said. “It was an idea that I can see having a real social impact if it could be adopted in offices or schools.”
Called Centrepeace, the awesome table stand would be placed on a dining table to encourage people to put their phones inside. Centrepeace would sterilize phones with UV light and encourage diners to chat with each other rather than play on their devices.
“This idea captured not only the importance of regularly cleaning our phones, but also, for me, one of the most positive things to come out of lockdown, which is family meals,” said Jules Chappell, Managing Director. from London and Partners. .
Zoe Lester, Beth thomas, Emma Chih, Erin Gilles and Kris murphy won the Awareness and Communication category with their Buggy application. Once downloaded, the app would show regular pop-up notifications reminding people to wash their hands. The animated bacteria would crawl across the screen to elicit a visceral response.
“Built on surprising and solid science, this solution could really help fight a major source of infection,” said experimental psychologist Charles Spence.
“The visuals were also humorous and engaging. It also seems like an easily scalable solution, hence the potential for widespread impact.”
All these winning designs will be posted online here until the Design museum reopens and a physical exhibition can be arranged. Participants have been invited to donate to the British Red Cross, and the prototypes will be auctioned at Christie’s to raise more money for the association. The People’s Choice Award is always open for you to vote.