Innovative soap dispenser wins BASF design competition

Posted on September 21, 2016
    “Design it. Love it. Live it.” design competition unlocks designer creativity


    Winner selected from more than 100 professional entries


    Runner-up designs include bubble furniture, storage sleeve for electronic devices, and innovative exercise equipment

Shanghai, China – September 21, 2016 – A creative, integrated soap dispenser and sponge design has taken the top prize in BASF’s “Design it. Love it. Live it.” design competition, launched at Chinaplas 2016. Nikhil Banwaskar from Teams Design Shanghai won the award with a unique, fun design that helps modern households increase convenience and save space.

This year’s design competition attracted many entries. The overwhelming response demonstrates how innovation in materials inspires creative minds. With our innovative materials, designers can turn their ideas into superior product solutions that make our living healthier, smarter and more sustainable,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.

In this design competition, BASF invited designers to submit ideas addressing the challenges of urban living, such as quality of life, fuel efficient transportation, and durable, energy efficient construction. Using the advanced materials provided by BASF, designers were asked to develop ideas to transform the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the furniture we own, and the sports gear we play with.

Materials and design always go hand in hand. As a designer, I am constantly driven and inspired by the potential of new materials, so that we can use new ways to create our products. We are excited to see so many good ideas coming out of this competition, showing how materials can shape design ideas,” said Chris Lefteri, material specialist, founder of Chris Lefteri Design Studio, and one of the judges of the competition.

Banwaskar’s innovative soap dispenser and sponge impressed the judges with its unusual design. A stand-alone product, it harmoniously integrates the soap dispenser and the scrubbing material. With three steps – “Dab it”, “Foam it”, and “Clean it” – dish washing is made more convenient, even for tall glasses. The ergonomic design also helps save space when storage and drying space for cleaning agents is limited. The BASF materials used include Ultradur® polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) for the soap dispenser and polyurethane foam for the sponge. Ultradur provides high stiffness and strength, dimensional stability, low water absorption, good resistance to many chemicals, along with outstanding heat aging performance. The polyurethane foam is durable, has varying density and stiffness throughout its structure, and has a coarse scouring surface.

The competition drew more than 100 entries from a number of countries. These entries were evaluated based on the degree of innovation and possibility of realization.

BASF also recognized the three runners-up for the award:

    Eljas Linna from Elospaces Ltd for his bubble furniture design


    Fei Wang, Danmiao Fan, Bing Yao Xie from Zhejiang University of Technology for their modular storage sleeve design for electronic devices


    Yi Fang Chan from SMP Industries Inc. for her Cornbell excercise equipment design

The winner was awarded a prize of RMB 20,000 together with a trip to visit designfabrik® in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The first runner-up and the second runner-up were awarded RMB 10,000 and RMB 5,000 respectively.

The design competition, now in its second year, was organized by BASF’s designfabrik® Shanghai. designfabrik® Shanghai, part of BASF’s offerings at its Design Center Asia Pacific, aims to help designers in Asia Pacific realize their design concepts by bridging the gap between creative ideas and the possibilities of various materials.


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