British design studio Bompas & Parr has just launched a competition, “Fountain of Hygiene,” inviting creators and designers to develop aesthetic and functional containers for hydro-alcoholic gel and liquid soap, two products that are very much in the news as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. The various projects will go on show at the Design Museum in London from April 9 to May 7 next, health crisis permitting. There will also be an auction of the top-10 projects, organised by Christie’s, the proceeds of which will be donated to the British Red Cross. If necessary, this sale may also be held online.
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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Bompas & Parr and Design Museum invites the design community to develop an aesthetic and functional approach to hand sanitising with Fountain of Hygiene: Sanitiser Design Competition to raise money for @britishredcross The results will be displayed at the @designmuseum and online. Shortlisted entries will be auctioned by @christiesinc and documented by our media partner @dezeen Through a rethinking of sanitiser pumps and dispense units, this open competition seeks to encourage use of sanitising alcohol gels in both the public and domestic realms. Tim Marlow, Chief Executive and Director, Design Museum said: ''Design has an important role in helping to solve many of the challenges that we face in daily life including some of those raised by the recent COVID-19 outbreak. We hope that the shortlisted entries of the Sanitiser Design Competition will demonstrate the importance of research and innovative thinking. We look forward to seeing the entries at the museum and raising money for an important cause.'' Full brief will be coming shortly. Wishing you all wellness. . . . . #bompasandparr #designmuseum #britishredcross #dezeen #christies #competition #design #creatives #designers #makers #handwashing #opencall #sanitiser #soap
“The competition 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 behavioral norms which benefit the ongoing health of global society,” explains the design studio. Contestants have until March 29 to submit their creations. A shortlist of projects will then be selected by a panel of judges. If conditions do not allow for an exhibition at the Design Museum, the entries will be shown online.
Contestants are free to “design or enhance sanitizer pumps, sprays, wipes, dispenser units or even gestures and rituals.” Bompas & Parr aims to use the means at its disposal to reduce the physical, social and economic impact of the virus. It also wants to highlight initiatives such as the LVMH group’s use of its cosmetics production lines to produce hydroalcoholic gel, or the Washyourlyrics.com website by @neoncloth, which generates instructions to wash your hands accompanied by the song of your choice.
Museum director Tim Marlow pointed out, “Design has an important role in helping to solve many of the challenges that we face in daily life including some of those raised by the recent COVID-19 outbreak. We hope that the shortlisted entries of the Sanitizer Design Competition will demonstrate the importance of research and innovative thinking.”
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