LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2015

Mochi

Mochi by Aviv Shany from spain

designer's own words:

Mochi is only one application of a new grouping system that can adapt into diverse places. The system experiments with perception by creating objects that transgress expectations, which surprises people and forces them to cognitively engage with the pieces. It aims to challenge with preconceptions and tries to elicit the possibilities from an object, to peel away the conventional categorization and reveal that which is hidden within.

The essence of the system is a container for liquids that permits a flow when pressed. The idea for the system is inspired by breastfeeding, how milk is contained in the breast and the exquisite nature of milk flow.

Mochi is a new and innovative hands sanitizer to be used in private and / or public environment. Whatever we do during the day, we come into contact with germs. It is very easy for germs on our hand to end up in our mouth.
Studies have demonstrated that rubbing our hands with ethanol (alcohol) have a high efficiency against microbes and bacteria. The ideal disinfectant would offer complete sterilization, without harming other forms of life and is non-corrosive.

In MochiĀ“s case, the chosen liquid is alcohol, which is stored in micro perforated silicon cover.
Other option would be changing the liquid, from ethanol *(alcohol) to hand cream, oils and lotions or even edible liquids.

The product is made from soft silicon that contains inside alcoholic gel (ethanol). By pressing the object with our fingers, the disinfectant gel flows in a graphic way through the small holes in the top surface. The object contains a rigid screwing lid in the bottom to prevent the leakage. The same lid inside of the object holds a biodegradable plastic bag with the disinfectant in it. The bag has a valve that allows the gel to flow only when the object is pressed. At the top of the valve there is a sponge layer that absorbs the gel and can spread it through the holes in a homogeneity way.

Mochi can be produced in a much bigger version for public use, for example in airports or hospitals. The public use version, unlike the home use version will be hanged in a vertical position, and the holes are not located in the center of the copula, but in the inferior bottom side, allowing gravity to center the liquid in the zone of the holes, so by pressing it in any zone of the object the liquid will flow easily.

Mochi is only one application of the new grouping system, in public buildings where a lot of people are in transition, the stair handrail for example contains a large amount of germs. Adapting the system at the beginning of every stair handrail would bring great results and reduce significantly the number of microbes. Another option would be in a horizontal position at any entrance in the form of a carpet, that by stepping the innovative carpet it can spread a disinfectant that can quickly reduce the number of germs entering to the building.


Mochi aims to challenge with preconceptions and tries to elicit the possibilities from an object, to peel away the conventional categorization and reveal that which is hidden with in.

Front view , before being use.


Soft silicon that contains inside alcoholic gel, by pressing the object with our fingers, the disinfectant gel flows in a graphic way through the small holes in the top surface.

Any graphic can be made by the flow from the micro perforated silicon. The remaining alcohol on the surface evaporates after 3 seconds.

Mochi is composed from 4 components.

A new hand sanitizer to be used in private and / or public environment. In the public use version, the holes are located in the inferior bottom side, allowing gravity to center the liquid in the zone of the holes, so by pressing it in any zone of the object the liquid will flow easily

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