Fountain of Hygiene
Sanitiser Design Competition
FOUNTAIN OF HYGIENE: SANITISER DESIGN COMPETITION
Design has a crucial role to play in helping to solve many of the challenges that we face in daily life, including some of those raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Creatives, designers and makers were invited by Bompas & Parr to develop inspired takes on sanitiser pumps and hand washing rituals, with the competition raising funds to support the work of the British Red Cross.
The Design Museum will display Fountain of Hygiene shortlisted artworks and the Fountain of Tongues wishing well between 31 July - 30 August 2020.
All designs will continue to be showcased online in a curated digital exhibition. Explore the concepts HERE. Below is the full list of winners in the various categories.
The project seeks to explore the aesthetic, functional, social, gestural and experiential possibilities of enhanced hygiene. It is hoped that this will accelerate the establishment of new behavioural norms which benefit the ongoing health of global society. Ultimately, the aim is to explore how people can safely re-enter the public realm.
A People’s Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition. Please continue to support the entries (including those that haven’t been shortlisted) using the People’s Choice Award mechanic on the Fountain of Hygiene website: www.fountainofhygiene.com. You can also donate to the British Red Cross through the platform and study the designs in detail.
The initiative sits within the wider context of the creative industries using the means at their disposal to reduce the physical, social and economic impact of the virus. LVMH is using the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels. Washyourlyrics.com by @neoncloth generates hand washing instructions accompanied by lyrics from a song of your choice. Bompas & Parr's work explores humankind’s relationship with the senses, with past projects including the launch of the British Museum of Food, the world’s first cultural institution exclusively dedicated to food and drink. Hygiene, hand washing and health and safety have always been significant aspects of the food system and central to the studio’s approach. Many of the entries presented are now moving to production, set to have an impact on how we navigate the world. Others are looking for partners to go to scale.
Bompas & Parr's work explores humankind’s relationship with the senses, with past projects including the launch of the British Museum of Food, the world’s first cultural institution exclusively dedicated to food and drink. Hygiene, hand washing and health and safety have always been significant aspects of the food system and central to the studio’s approach.
Bompas & Parr, the British Red Cross and Design Museum would like to thank all who have contributed and participated in the project. The Fountain of Hygiene has generated a huge number of inventive and innovative concepts that demonstrate the effectiveness of design while raising funds for an important cause.
Fountain of Hygiene category winners
Each entry was evaluated using the following four parameters: innovation, functionality, social impact and aesthetic.
Steve Jarvis ‘The Bubble Party’, sanitising bubble machine
Sally Reynolds ‘Step One’, pedal activated sanitiser dispenser unit
Terry Hearnshaw ‘Seaweed Capsule’, unit dose dispensing system
“I thought it was such a clever idea to reconceive hand sanitiser as something that could be shared in single-use capsule form or bought from a simple dispenser like a gumball machine. The design was stylish and I could imagine that these could really help in those situations where it feels socially awkward or embarrassing to be carrying a whole bottle of sanitiser. I loved the idea of sanitiser becoming something shareable, almost like chewing gum.” – Bee Wilson
Gesture and Ritual
Line Johnsen ‘Hygiene Friendly Visits’, sanitising doorbell
Awareness and Communication
Zoe Lester, Beth Thomas, Emma Chih, Erin Giles & Kris Murphy ‘Buggy’, mobile user experience app
“Built on surprising and solid science, this solution could really help address a major source of infection. The visuals were also humorous/engaging. Seems an easily scalable solution too, hence potential for widespread impact.” – Charles Spence
Kate Strudwick, Amos Oyedeji, Alexander Facey & Nicole Stjernswärd ‘Paint Your Hands Clean!’, colour changing hand sanitiser brush
“We know that one of the societal impacts as we emerge from the pandemic will be an acceleration of human needs and desires that were starting to scale before the pandemic hit. Consumers will therefore demand even more environmental responsibility from the products and brands they choose to engage in. This solution which combines both environmental conscience with the human need for safety through hygiene screams out to be developed.” – Deb Pellen
Cadet Designer (Entered by adult on behalf of under 18 participant)
Bo Willis ‘Handle Sanitiser’, tactile sanitiser dispenser systems
“I found this deceptively simple idea absolutely inspired. In normal life, door handles are objects that potentially spread germs because they are touched by so many people - so I loved the idea of flipping this around and turning them into an object that can dispense hand sanitiser. This was an idea that I can see making a real social impact if it could be adopted in offices or schools.” – Bee Wilson
Hygiene Innovation Beyond the Sanitiser
Conrad Haddaway, Twomuch Studio & Inga Ziemele ‘Centrepeace’, mealtime centrepiece for mobile phone sterilisation
“This idea captured not only the importance of regularly cleaning our phones but also, for me, one of the most positive things to have come out of the lockdown, which is meals together as a family. This has become a precious habit that I’ll try to hang onto in the weeks and months to come.” – Jules Chappell
Please continue to support all entries (including those that haven’t been shortlisted) using the People’s Choice Award mechanic on the Fountain of Hygiene website.
Supporting Fountain of Hygiene Designers
Bompas & Parr is working with the Design Museum on the Fountain of Hygiene design competition in which designers from around the world have looked to the future of hygiene. A huge array of ideas can be found at www.fountainofhygiene.com. If concepts are of interest, it would be a pleasure to connect you with the designer. The project will culminate in a display at the Design Museum and proceeds are going to the British Red Cross.
Fountain of Hygiene select jury
Jules Chappell OBE – Managing Director of the Mayor Of London's Promotional And Economic Development Agency, London & Partners
Marcus Fairs – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen
Tim Marlow OBE – Chief Executive and Director, Design Museum
Harry Parr – Architect and Founder of Bompas & Parr
Deb Pellen – Global Director, Innovation at Bacardi
Serena Rees – British Businesswoman and Founder of les boys les girls
Prof Charles Spence – Experimental Psychologist and Head of the University of Oxford’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory
Bee Wilson – Food Journalist, Author and Historian
Via an open call, deadline 5th April, all are invited to submit their designs for a future vision of sanitiser pumps and hygiene innovation. A shortlist will be chosen by our panel of distinguished judges with awards presented in the following categories:
– Industrial Design
– Luxury Design
– London & Partners Sustainable Design
– Gesture and Ritual
– Awareness and Communication
– Child-Directed Design
– Cadet Designer (Entered by adult on behalf of under-18 participant)
– Hygiene Innovation Beyond the Sanitiser
Each submission will be evaluated using the following four parameters: innovation, functionality, social impact and aesthetic with participants asked to donate what they feel appropriate to the British Red Cross.
Prof Charles Spence, Experimental Psychologist and Head of the University of Oxford’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory said:
“It was great to see how engaged everyone was with the Fountain of Hygiene: Sanitiser Design Competition, from 7 years old, through to established designers/agencies from a number of countries. There were many innovative and beautiful solutions out there.”
Jules Chappell OBE, Managing Director of the Mayor Of London's Promotional And Economic Development Agency, London & Partners comments:
“This competition has been a ray of sunshine at a time when many of us will be feeling anxious about what the future holds. It has shown the power of creativity to help us visualise new norms and to adapt, with ideas that are ingenious, fun and thoughtful.”
Deb Pellen, Global Director, Innovation at Bacardi said:
“The sheer diversity of ideas and quality of the entrants to this competition have completely blown me away. It is amazing to think that the work that hundreds of companies including Bacardi have done to support the production of Hand Sanitiser in the immediate term could be elevated from habit to ritual by the incredible design and innovation opportunities this competition has uncovered.”
Harry Parr, Director of Bompas & Parr notes:
“Developing widely adopted strategies for safely socialising is essential for the continued dynamism of the global economy. Humans are social beings and the right artefacts have a role in getting us through.”
Download the full brief HERE.
Download the full press pack HERE.
Dezeen is media partner for the design competition.
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