Recently, not only do we become more concerned about the air we breathe, but also about the objects we touch or place on our faces. In addition to air purifiers, there is a proliferation of all types of disinfection devices, from those that use UV-C light to other, less common methods such as ultrasonic eyeglass cleaners. What unites all these machines is their look like machines, things that would stand out and look out of place in a living room or an art gallery. These boxes and towers don’t really have to be constructed that way, just that it’s the most common and therefore cheapest crafting option. Luckily the trend seems to be changing and there have been some more aesthetic redesigns of these plumbing fixtures such as: B. this ultrasonic cleaner, which could easily be mistaken as an artistic pot among other decorative pieces in a room.
Designers: Sohee Park, Deric Jeon (above.studio)
Admittedly, even today an ultrasonic cleaner is no ordinary household appliance, but it serves an important purpose in some places, especially where there are bacteria or dirt that are harmful not only to health but also to other objects in that room could . This includes laboratories, museums, and art galleries where your accessories could collect dirt or microorganisms that, if transmitted, could damage equipment or make people sick.
Ultrasonic cleaners fire high-frequency sound waves through the liquid to scrub submerged items, such as eyeglasses, without physically touching them to reduce the risk of damaging the items themselves. These machines often come across as boring and very technical boxes with a small metal basin set into the top. It’s the most comfortable design for such a machine, but with today’s technologies, designs don’t have to be so limited, which is what this redesign concept is trying to achieve.
The metal bowl that holds the cleaning fluid and items to be cleaned is still there, but it’s now embedded in a bowl-like structure that better expresses its purpose, which is to hold something potentially important and precious. And instead of a chunky metal box of knobs and switches, this black bowl sits atop a paraboloidal structure that serves as its base, creating a shape that looks almost like a large chalice that’s smooth and almost devoid of detail. Next to vases and decorations, this ultrasonic cleaner would feel right at home, hiding its true nature and purpose until actually needed.
The redesign doesn’t fundamentally change how an ultrasonic cleaner works, although finer control could be lost due to the lack of those knobs and switches. However, it does make the device look less forbidding and more approachable, particularly in places where a metal box would stand out as an eyesore. Such designs could even make cleaning and disinfecting devices commonplace, increasing their use and popularity in homes, which in turn could help prevent the spread of disease in homes.