If this new and exceptional pandemic situation is showing us something, it is that adversity makes us work more united and stronger than ever. We seek to contribute, to the best of our abilities, to improve the situation or, at least, to try not to make it worse. The coronavirus has brought with it not only infections, but also a cascade of laudable ideas and initiatives that seek the common benefit; In the face of adversity, we sharpen our wits. The Valencian architectural team Mano de Santo got the “eureka” after checking the difficulties and capering in some shops to open doors without making the hands come into direct contact with the handles.
In Mano de Santo they set out to find a shortcut to solve this problem. Thus arose the proposal of some protectors that are incorporated into the door handles, so that to open them we stop using our hands and use the forearm or elbow. Your name; Hands Up. It is an accordion-shaped design that, with cardboard and scissors, anyone can reproduce from home. To do this, they have shared the project in open source form, where they present the design template, accompanied by videos and sketches. These protectors that we can now make in cardboard can also be manufactured in other materials when the production system is normalized.
The objective, they say, is to ensure that this idea can reach the maximum number of people possible, regardless of the country. “ It is an object specially designed for the de-escalation process that we are starting, designed to take care of ourselves and others. A small gesture, a small contribution that, on the other hand, can help improve the situation. We believe that actions like this are going to play a fundamental role at this time. The door handles, especially in hospitals and health centers, but also in any workplace, hotel, portal or shop, are elements that support a large traffic of people, with the consequent contact of many hands throughout the day. If we continue to use them as before, they can become potentially dangerous sources of contagion and, consequently, favor an increase in the number of cases ”. One more example of how design seeks to improve everyone’s day to day.
With this idea, this Valencian architecture team does not seek to obtain any economic benefit. “ We don’t want to gain anything from our design. In this context we felt handicapped, and we wanted to be helpful by creating something that would reach as many people as possible and that could have a positive impact. In addition, we knew of the need to design something that anyone could reproduce with the resources we have at hand at the moment ”, they say from Mano de Santo.
They say that “ we were investigating and we saw that there was little supply of industrialized products of this type that, given the current situation of production and demand, it was difficult to access. In our opinion, opening doors with the elbow or the forearm, without making the hands contact the surfaces of the handles, has become an imperative need in this context. We needed an immediate solution, and Hands Up is the result ”.
However, in Mano de Santo they are not closed to having their design reproduced by companies or workshops that can develop and distribute it in a very agile way once they resume their activity. ” Our proposal is something temporary and disposable, a quick shortcut that we have taken by looking at the network of materials and resources that we have .”
In the dissemination of this project and given the relationship between both teams, CTC Comunicación (formerly Consuelo Torres Comunicación) collaborates to make this solution reach society in a disinterested way.
An ecofriendly design for all audiences.
Mano de Santo’s is a one hundred percent do it yourself proposal . Easy, ecological, and reusing materials that we can all find at home. For the design of Hands Up, any cardboard container will do, from a box of cookies, cereals, detergent, a few beers, to boxes of orders that we are receiving these days.
The creation process is more than simple. We draw the template on a piece of cardboard, cut out the edges and the holes through which the door handle will pass, and then we fold at the indicated vertices, thus obtaining the shape of an accordion. Nothing else. They advise that, after incorporating the design into the handle, an elastic be placed as a stop, to prevent displacement. Here you will find all the information, step by step, to create your own Hands Up .
The current prototype has cardboard as the protagonist, ” however, in the future, when other industries start up again, we believe that it could also be made in other materials and that it can even be customized “, they say from Mano de Santo. They only put one condition: ” We want those companies that take the idea and develop it to give a percentage of their production to health centers, nursing homes, or any other public service space .”
Mano de Santo wants to encourage all those who reproduce its designs to share it with them, tagging them on their social networks (Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn).
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