During the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to protect their faces with shields that cover the entire face, from the forehead down to the chin or lower. A safe mask can also help us to avoid micro droplets out or in to the mouth and nose.
According to Singapore Government Agency, face shields allowed only for specific exempt groups or settings. In some situations where the wearing of masks may not be practical, face shields may be worn. They must be worn properly so that a face shield covers the entire face, from the forehead to below the chin, wrapping around the sides of the face. In certain settings, face shields may be worn on top of a mask to provide additional protection. For sure a face shield can help us to breathe after wearing mask for long hours.
Below I collected various kinds of face shields around the world and specified them into several groups:
1. WEARABLE RATTAN CAGE by Livable (founded by Sep Verboom) for UN and WHO Global Call Out To Creatives: Verboom chose to make the wearable from rattan, as a sustainable alternative to timber, using pieces of the natural material left lying around his studio. With the help of his partner, Florentien Pletinckx, Verboom used left-over rattan strips to make the sustainable sculptural object, arranging the cross hatch pattern into crinoline shape, large petticoat frames during the Victorian era.Livable® is a design and research platform on a mission to envision a future-proof approach between people, environment and society.
Sources: Livable’s Well-Distance-Being project encourages social distancing with wearable rattan cages — UN and WHO launch Global Call Out To Creatives to make informative coronavirus visuals — This Wearable Rattan Cage is a Walking Reminder to Keep Up the Social Distancing — Wearable Rattan Images by Karen Eloot and Pietelr Vanoverberghe for Livable.
2. KEYWORKERS by Freyja Sewell: in her wordpress blog, she mentioned: “Using only the materials I happened to have in Lockdown with me I set out to say a visual thank you to all 8 groups of Key Workers. I want to express my gratitude to all those people who have remained working during the last few crazy months. Luckily I was stuck in Lockdown with photographer Sarah Marinangeli, photo credit and thanks to her.” Here are some images of the creative face-shields and masks by Freyja Sewell:
Fretja Sewell known as a designer who is giving science non fiction and Buddhism touch in her creations. You can visit the blog of Freyja Sewel to see more KEYWORKERS’ creations.
1. FACE SHIELD by American designer Joe Doucet: a shield with integrated sunglass lenses and arms that make them more practical and feel less alien and intrusive on the wearer than a typical face shield would. This version could be a more attractive option of PPE for non-medical users. The images of Joe Doucet’s face shield:…
“It is hoped that improving the basic face shield design will encourage far greater uptake of its usage and help everyone adjust to the ‘new normal’ that awaits us.”
2. CoV19 by Taiwanese designer based in The Netherlands Chen Yi Fei Design: is a prevention as high fashion accessory. To TL Magazine, Yi Fei said, “My project is developed in sustainable fashion and it is reusable. You can come home, and clean it to use it again. Just like glasses.”
by it ispecifically designed to satisfy the needs of nightlife, live events and entertainment industries, Micrashell is a virus-shielded, easy to control, fun to wear, disinfectable, fast to deploy personal protective equipment (PPE) that allows socializing without distancing.
This offshoot of a hazmat suit contains two lithium-ion cell battery systems for uninterrupted active operation and are easy charge and swap when discharged (18650 type batteries).
FACE SHIELDS FROM PAST FASHION RUNWAYS:
1. THOM BROWNE plastic mask: The Spring Summer 2015 fashion runway, elaborately staged competition was between man and machine. “They all lose in the end,” was Browne’s cheery summation this time round. Browne once claimed, he took inspiration from TRON, the 1982 sci-fi stinker that became a cult.
But Browne isn’t really a video game kind of guy. More likely little Thom was glued to the puppet fantasia Thunderbirds, with the young heroes of International Rescue with Lady Penelope in pink Roll Royce. The models with their perfectly sculpted plastic masks, articulated stiffness, and jaunty caps did indeed look eerily like International Rescue, like puppets:
2. SPACE-AGE HEADGEAR by PIERRE CARDIN: vinyl mask and eyewear in British Vogue – model Donna Mitchell in a clear perspex mask and lattice vinyl body by Pierre Cardin is greatly enhanced by the make up in the image and has become a very iconic Vogue image, which was included in Vogue: Voice of A Century, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith:
SHIELDS FOR PUBLIC PLACES:
1. SERRE SÉPARÉES by ETEN MEDIATIC: small glasshouses built outdoor to welcome customers. Each glass cabin can contain 2 – 3 people. Waiters with gloves and face shields keep the safe distance with the customers by using long wood plank board when serving the food. They clean the cabin each time the customers leave.
The team were reinspired by contamination precautions and the redesign of togetherness. Mediamatic itself was founded by Willem Velthoven.
Source: Mediamatic Eten Official Website, Serre Séparées RESERVATION page, Instagram of Mediamatic Eten, Dutch Experiments, Next Reservations in Serres Séparées, New York Times: Dutch Restaurant Trials Glass Booths for Dining Amid Coronavirus.
2. PLEAX’EAT for diners by French interior designer Christophe Gernigon: a protection bubble from transparent plastic hanging with some cables attached from the ceiling. It’s covering the upper part of the human body while in sitting position. The Plex’eat’s current dimensions are 80 cm by 70 cm and larger model is still being developed for couples and family.
Watch the Gernigon’s “Your bubble is ready: plastic pods offer solution COVID dining in France” in NTV Houston YouTube Channel:…
EVERYDAY OBJECTS’ SHIELDS:
1. iSPHERE by Plastique Fantastique: it is an open-source project that everybody can produce, develop and improve. We taped 2 transparent hollow hemispheres together and cut a hole that fits our heads. The whole procedure took approx. 30 minutes and the costs for the material are around 24,- € (please refer to our tutorial).
Source: Christophe Gernigon designs suspended shields to allow diners to return to restaurants — Adam Miklosi Website – Joe Doucet Website – Plastique Fantastique Makes iSphere Mask informed by 1950s Sci-Fi Movies — iSphere tutorial.
2. ANYTHING by mmmdesign: a face shield that can be shield for anything with anything. The basic shield is built from 4 similar curved plastic stripes with 2 arms. The pattern and measurement built are meant to be able to attached any kinds of shields or plastic packaging like Haribo, etc. The basic shield ith arms can be sterilized then reused. It’s fun and practical.
Various kinds of shields attached on the basic shield:
1. SIMPLE FACE SHIELD by industrial designer Adam Miklosi currently based in Lausanne, Switzerland: the key inspiration was to create a a face shield from a single sheet of plastic which could be a temporary solution to fill the gap of the slow and overloaded supply chain. The shield can easily be assemble in just 10 seconds by medical staff on site.
Making the practical face shield: be ready with a paper, plastic, your eyeglasses, scissor, and cutter. Take wider measurement of the overall width of the eyeglasses’ frames (left to right). Below is his short tutorial video:…
3. HappyShield by University of Cambridge Department of Architecture: a simple, foldable face shield for infection control developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The manufacturing method using “Laser-cut and Pressure Creasing” has now recieved CE marking certification.
SHIELD WITH TECHNOLOGY:
1. BIOVYZR by Toronto based technology company specialized in protection gear VYZR: a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) for everyday protection against pathogens. Its proprietary design provides a 360-degree seal to shield your personal space on all sides.
The BIOVYZR weighs 0.95 kg (without battery pack) and 1.25 kg (with battery pack). The BioVYZR 1.0 packs this critical technology into a practical design that is accessible to everyone.
2. Bubble Shield by Design Libero: the bubble is inflatable and it can surely protect people from virus in public spaces. Wearers can enter and exit the protective Bubble Shield with an easily accessible zipper.
Sitting atop the bubble are a series of small solar panels, which efficiently charge the battery that’s worn as a backpack. The battery can then be used to power the built-in fan coils and an air pump compressor, which purify the air within the bubble.
3. BE A BAT MAN by Sun Dayong: according to Business Insider, the Chinese architect Sun Dayong has a possible way to curb the spread of this virus: Be a Batman. He designed a concept for a wearable shield partly inspired by the structure of bat wings (from behind):
Dayong is the founder and principal architect at Penda China, adhering to the ethos of eco-design and putting forward the concept of “less is love”.