With creatives and makers working from home around the world, an awe-inspiring array of entries have been made to the Fountain of Hygiene: Sanitiser Design Competition. 


The competition, hosted by Bompas & Parr and the Design Museum seeks to explore the aesthetic, functional, social, gestural and experiential possibilities of enhanced hygiene while raising funds for the British Red Cross. 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.

The results are exhibited here, with a physical display due to be hosted at the Design Museum once it reopens. Successful projects, chosen by the jury, will be auctioned by Christie’s at the display’s launch to generate further funds for the British Red Cross. 


An additional People’s Choice Award is available for the project that is most liked and shared by 13th May. This award is not limited to the short listed entries and can be drawn from the full range of entries to the Fountain of Hygiene. We thank all who have entered and contributed. 

People's choice award

To vote for your favourite design, select the like function and give your preferred entry a red heart. For an additional vote, share the entry on your social media channel with #FountainOfHygiene @britishredcross @dezeen and @bompasandparr.

explore the shortlist

Awareness & Communication



Hygiene Innovation Beyond Sanitiser



Cadet Designer (Under 18s)

Gesture &





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 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.”


Marcus Fairs, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen comments:

“The global design community is a tremendous resource for mankind. Creatives and designers at all levels play an important role in shaping the future at this critical time. There has been a terrific variety of responses from the practical and resourceful to the imaginative and inspiring. The best ideas will have a powerful impact on our collective safety.”


Deb Pellen, Global Director, Innovation at Bacardi said: 

“Outstanding product design is always born at the intersection of human need and design possibilities. COVID-19 has brought the societal health need for effective hand cleansing into acute focus and this competition brings design possibilities that don’t just meet the need, but also bring elements of delightful surprise to the experience of using a ‘humble’ hand sanitiser. This is one way that we can help transform what is currently a fear driven ritual into a long term habit which can benefit all.”


Sam Bompas, 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.”