Elbow Sock is an immediate response to the guidance that tells us to sneeze and cough into our elbows
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OPPOSITE Raw Color’s Elbow Sock
ABOVE Step One by Sally Reynolds the Optimism Exhibit, the Gratitude Room, Room of Resistance, Kindness Wing and the Joyful Gallery, display different types of stories, histories and creative moments. The rainbow – a symbol now synonymous with messages of hope – recurs as a motif. The archived propositions are collectively dressed in shades of optimism; some carrying uplifting monologues characteristic of the message of the museum itself, while many others are articulated in merry and playful colours. This is neatly exemplified by Raw Color – a designer duo team made up of Christoph Brach and Daniera ter Haar – which has created a simple and flamboyant proposal for every household observing the new sneezing and coughing guidance: Elbow Sock. Adding no new materials, and created only by chopping the toe section from a sock, the object becomes a sleeve to be worn around the elbow. Not only an easily applied solution but a potentially stylish one, the sleeve becomes a visual reminder of this new habit for us all. Part of the contribution to Create Cures, a public welfare platform to promote public health, Elbow Sock is an immediate response to the public health guidance that tells us to sneeze and cough into our elbows rather than our hands. The design studio uses a series of pastel-hued photographs and visuals to prompt people to create their own ‘elbow handkerchiefs’ by reutilising their colourful odd socks.
Another contributor, and curator of Create Cures, is Frank Chou. The Beijing-based designer has created a futuristic ultraviolet Sterilising Lamp. The design has a hemispherical hood that can be pressed down to seal the tray beneath and sterilise any everyday articles that are placed on it. The designer hopes that by combining this new ritual with familiar objects, one would quickly adapt to the new hygiene procedure. Likewise, many designers contribute ideas to create a product that might make these new health measures easier to adhere to. Woobi Play by Kilo Design focuses on inviting the participation of youngsters in these measures.
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