StudentDesign | 12 March, 2019
Wash your hands of
'We decided to work on the subject of unauthorized constructions in the Italian territory. A recent survey of unfinished construction in the country found 360 sites scattered across Italy, including 160 in Sicily alone. Many look as though the building crews and cranes stepped off site only yesterday. Others as though they were abandoned decades ago.
We wanted to embody this problem in the shape of brick soaps to symbolize how the Italian citizen “washes their hands” of the unauthorized construction problem that stains the Italian territory.
The design of soaps involves a chain of steps that has remained the same for thousands of years. In its most elementary form, the production of soap takes place through the creation of a mould into which the soap is poured. The recipe changes depending on the result you want to achieve. Basically it is necessary to use a fat component (animal or vegetable) and soda, which guarantees the cleaning effect. If desired, essences and granules can be added to give the soap its aroma and consistency.
In this case, the four soaps were first designed, then 3D modeled on Fusion 360 and through a 3-axis CNC milling machine the masters were made of high-density polyurethane. From these we built the formworks for the silicone moulds and poured a previously prepared mixture into them. We for example added different seeds to each recipe to add texture and an “old look” effect. We have obtained colors, aromas and textures by trying different combinations of elements and different cooking times of the compound.
We wanted to create a visual impact for the user to replicate old construction bricks. The finished design is a family of four soaps each with its own name that is a play on words with a double meaning.
We could give as an advice to always try, try, try and then try again. We had to do so many trials until we got it right but it was all part of the learning process. We enjoyed the prototyping and experimenting phase because it was all about learning about our mistakes and success.'