Nathalie Stämpfli’s Soap Flakes

A brilliant solution to the problem of soap dispensers that you didn’t even know you had.

I love it when I come across something that solves a problem that I’ve always had, but didn’t necessarily know that I had. Take, for instance, liquid soap dispensers.

Generally speaking, I prefer them to bar soap because they’re more convenient and easier to use, and you don’t have to worry about a bar of soap slipping out of your hand or becoming too small to use effectively. However, the clump of dried liquid soap that eventually accumulates at the end of the dispenser, as well as the dried and drying trails of liquid soap spread out over the sink, gets kind of gross.

Enter Nathalie Stämpfli’s design for a dispenser that combines the convenience of liquid soap with the effectiveness of bar soap:

I designed two dispensers that turn block soap into beautiful little flakes. They offer you a new comfortable sensation when they are falling on your hands and easily dissolve in water.

The first version needs to be attached to the wall. You can easily use it with one hand; while you are pushing the grater, you are capturing the flakes. With its open shape it lets the soap block evolve its fragrances into the room.

The second version is a grater that can stand by itself. Therefore it’s more flexible in usage. It could be placed in the same way as a shower gel or shampoo.

Via Kottke