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Pura-Case by CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati
Pura-Case, designed during the lockdown period by CRA Carlo Ratti Associati for the technological startup Scribit in Turin, it is a transportable clothes purifier. Its sanitizing action, through the use of ozone, is able to remove most microorganisms, bacteria and viruses from clothing. Battery powered, it is transportable and can be positioned anywhere in the home or within a wardrobe: after inserting a piece of clothing inside the case, the process is started through the use of an interface on the structure or remotely, through the Pura-Case app. The complete purification cycle lasts about an hour, purifying and eliminating all odours from fabrics.

Bompas & Parr Fountain of Hygiene Competition – London
Bompas & Parr, the Experience Design studio in London launched Fountain of Hygiene: Sanitiser Design Competition, receiving 182 proposals from designers and creatives from all over the world. The competition sought to stimulate and explore the behavioural, gestural, functional, aesthetic, social and experiential possibilities linked to the use of hand sanitizer, and hand sanitization in general. A daily act for personal and social health, a small but important ritual to be taken on as part of life, without loss of pleasantness. The Industrial Design category was won by The Bubble Party, reinventing the popular props for bubbles as a fun hand-cleaning activity: the machine, copper coated (known for its antiviral properties), produces bubbles of disinfectant for the hands that invite play and shared hygiene.

Tessuti ViroFormula by Albini Group
Albini Group has developed and presented the ViroFormula fabrics: a new category of products capable of protecting against viruses and bacteria, also from the well-known Coronavirus. The use of HeiQ Viroblock technology prevents ViroFormula fabrics from becoming a host surface for the spread of viruses and harmful bacteria, thus helping to reduce the risk and speed of contamination and transmission. Chemical-textile elements are used to destroy the virus in minutes through the patent pending combination of a fatty vesicle technology (liposomes), which destroys viruses by depleting the viral membrane in its cholesterol content, after they have been blocked by additional silver-based technologies that activate high-spectrum antiviral reactions by attracting viruses and permanently binding to their sulphur groups.

Handy by Matteo Zallio
Matteo Zallio, a young Italian researcher at Stanford University, noticed that during the lockdown people changed the way they interact with objects in the public space. Specifically, everyone tries to avoid contact with the door handles of shops and cars, with ATM keypads and buttons in elevators. To respond to these new needs, he designed Handy, a multipurpose object capable of avoiding contact with surfaces. Handy is open source: anyone can download the file and print it in 3D. The object is ergonomic, easy to carry, suitable for both right and left-handed users and very easy to sanitize.

Lilypad Palm Beach – Australia
It is called Lilypad Palm Beach and is a luxurious floating villa off the coast of the marine suburb for which it offers services and comfort as a resort in the waves of the South Pacific Ocean. It’s not too far from the coast, but it’s easy to imagine how, once you enter, one feels catapulted millions of miles away from chaos. This boutique hotel, also bookable on Airbnb, is especially designed for romantic nights. It can also be used as a venue for events or to entertain friends (up to 16) at lunch). Its creator, the designer Chuck Anderson, managed to achieve the synthesis between contemporary luxury and respect for the surrounding environment: Lilypad is in fact powered exclusively by solar energy.

Room service by Stadt – Sweden
Hotel Stadt has transformed their rooms into 67 private dining spaces allowing couples or small groups to have lunches and dinners outside the home, maintaining the distance between the diners. Instead of booking a table in a restaurant, customers are thus offered an entire room. Orders can be communicated over the phone, so nobody has to leave the room. The rooms can accommodate between two to twelve people and the menu offers two courses at the price of around 30 Euros. The room remains available to guests for two and a half hours, but those who wish to extend the meal or stay overnight, can do it at an additional cost. The concept of Room service by Stadt, welcomed by the public, has made it possible to reopen and relaunch spaces and activities, offering a protected and pleasant alternative to both old and new customers.

D-Fence Pack – Fiat
Fiat presented the new D-Fence Pack available for the 500 and Panda Hybrid. The kit consists of three accessories designed to make the car hygienically safer. The cars are in fact equipped with a filter that is able to block 100% of allergens and 98% of bacteria. This device filters the external air that is used by the air conditioning and ventilation system, before it is introduced into the passenger compartment. The second device is a air purifier, to be installed inside the car, but which can also be removed and used at home, equipped with a HEPA filter that purifies the interior air by filtering and retaining the micro-particles, such as pollen and bacteria. The last accessory is a small but effective UV lamp which eliminates up to 99% of the bacteria present on the surfaces and helps to sanitize all areas most exposed to the touch of the hand: the steering wheel, the gearstick, the seats. The lamp can also sanitize objects to be transported to your home, such as shopping bags.

The Skateroom – Bruxelles
The Skateroom is a B Corporation engaged in an unconventional form of business, with a positive impact on society and the environment. The Skateroom offers a space for action and collaboration between famous artists, art foundations and skateboarders. The artists involved create their works using, skateboard boards produced in a sustainable way and exclusively with natural materials instead of canvases. Among the latest creations is the limited edition proposed by the American artist Raymond Pettibon, inspired by the works exhibited at the MoMA in New York, and the series created by the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara in collaboration with the LACMA in Los Angeles. The choice of the skateboard is not accidental: the vehicle represents a model of economic mobility and a symbol of freedom in the vision of Charles-Antoine Bodson, the founder of The Skateroom.

The Restaurant Project by Haus – United States
Haus, the Californian company specialized in the production and direct online sale of alcoholic aperitifs, presented The Restaurant Project, a charity initiative to support nine US restaurants whose business has been penalized by Covid 19. In collaboration with the chefs of these restaurants, nine different aperitif formulations have been studied, which reflect the culinary approach of each of the chosen restaurants. The profits made from the sale of the bottles are immediately donated to the restaurants, which can thus cover part of the costs incurred to deal with Coronavirus and financially support their employees. Already in the first week of the launch of the project, Haus was able to send thousands of dollars to troubled restaurateurs.

Piatto Buono by Just Eat
On the occasion of the National Day against food waste, Just Eat presented the initiative Piatto Buono, a surprise dish from the menu of Just Eat partner restaurants, created with unsold fresh products, non-storable products and raw materials in excess or nearing expiry, at a discounted price (between 3 and 7 euros). The Piatto Buono, which can be added to your order on Just Eat, and that will be freshly prepared by the restaurant, has the goal of reducing food waste. For every Piatto Buono ordered, Just Eat will donate another to the community and organizations that work in collaboration with Caritas in Milan, Torino, Rome and Naples thanks to monthly home deliveries of lunches and dinners.