Urban Soap is a set of 4 sculptural soaps inspired by urban fragments of Seoul. Our soaps are multi-sensory objects with the intention to deliver urban fragments through sensibilities of sight, smell and touch.
Focusing on the shape and fragrance, we created a set of 4 beautiful, handcrafted soaps.
Design _ The shape is inspired by a famous Seoul landmark, the Royal Palace. We loved the uneven stone pavements of the main hall and how they reflected sunlight. The slanted design of this soap accentuates the characteristics of the irregular surface of stone grounds.
Fragrance _ Made with transparent base, #01 is fragranced with a blend of bergamot and sandalwood offering a fresh and sweet scent of ground after a spring rain.
Design _ The inspiration comes from different architectural structures of the city. #02 is composed of two soap bases - transparent and opaque. The different components help accentuate the complexity and construction of city's structures.
Fragrance _ #02 contains natural indigo for soothing qualities. The musky-earthy aroma of patchouli and cedar highlights the firmness of the structures.
Design _ The shape was inspired by the iconic painted patterns of the Royal Palace and the bright colour alludes to the neon signs in the city. We blended opaque and transparent bases to highlight the vivid colour and the softness of the floral shape.
Fragrance _ Its peppery, woody notes blended with warm florals will take you to a walk in the palace at sunset.
Design _ The shape was inspired by the construction of roof tiles of the Royal Palace. The symmetry and continuity of the tiles encouraged us to create this unique design that emphasises the distinctive features of the palace. The colour is inspired by the glaring and reflection of the glass buildings and how light traveled through them.
Fragrance _ #04 is made with transparent soap base blended with natural indigo for soothing qualities. The fresh scent of flower bouquet and a touch of cucumber gives the impression of light and airy clouds in blue sky.
It all started with the insight of how we perceive the urban landscape that surround us. We wanted to take a closer look of the city and collect fragments to define a new product that conveys stories and experiences.
Our designs are inspired by Seoul's distinctive combination of traditional and modern buildings. The shape and colours come from both elements of the region.
Choosing the right material was an important aspect in creating Urban Soap. We wanted our products to hold narratives and bring new experiences through multiple sensibilities.
During exploration and research of materials, soap called our attention - its flexibility and adaptability allowed us to embed sensibilities of sight, smell and touch and gave us a broader array of possibilities in design.
Our shapes are inspired by a famous Seoul landmark, the Royal Palace. We were amazed by the architectural elements and the dynamic surroundings. We defined them into 4 unique designs.
The colours come from the collection of city fragments. We gathered multiple images of bridges, buildings, alleys and expressways and used them as main colour palettes of Urban Soap.
We curated and blended our fragrances for the collection to create a unique scent that can introduce the ambiance of the urban landscape.
Everything about Urban Soap is made by us in our studio including 3d printed models, moulds, prototypes, fragrances and more. We will be producing Urban Soap by hand in our studio with ingredients sourced, tested and purchased by us.
Urban Soap is useful in the washroom, shower or kitchen. Made with a blend of essential oils, our soaps are gentle and effective tool for everyday use.
Because our soaps smell amazing, we also recommend using them as air fresheners. Urban Soap will provide a gentle natural fragrance in your home. Like all air fresheners, the aroma dwindle with time. The evaporation of fragrance cannot be entirely prevented but it can be slowed by placing them somewhere cool and dry.
I hope you enjoy Urban Soap as much as we do!
Ingredients: Essential oils (tangerine, sweet orange, black pepper, lemon, cypress, cedar wood, bergamot, lavender, grapefruit, rose 5%, hinoki, jasmine sambac, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood), fragrance oils (cucumber, moss, musk, vanilla), distilled water, coconut oil, palm oil, glycerin, vitamin E, sodium stearate, sorbitol, propylene glycol, sodium laurate, natural indigo powder, yellow 5 (E102), red 3 (E127), red 40 (E129), blue 1(E133)
#01 Size: 2.36 x 2.36 x 2.22 inch / 60 x 60 x 56.5 mm | Net weight: ± 6.9oz / 196g
#02 Size: 2.66 x 2.7 x 2.83 inch / 67.5 x 68.5 x 72 mm | Net weight: ± 6.7oz / 189g
#03 Size: 2.56 x 2.56 x 1.88 inch / 65 x 65 x 47.8 mm | Net weight: ± 7.0oz / 199g
#04 Size: 2.83 x 2.46 x 1.48 inch / 72 x 62.5 x 37.5 mm | Net weight: ± 5.3oz / 151g
We are team of three, each with a degree in lighting, fashion and product design. The studio aims to visualise regional characteristics into products, interactions, and experiences by combining our creative experiences.
Won Joon runs his own design studio making a series of home accessories, Meeso worked as a product developer in New York and London and Seung Tae is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art in design products. We got together last December with the purpose of starting a project called "The City Projects" where we would create objects, interactions and experiences inspired by different regions we were/are based at.
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Risks and challenges
This is our first campaign and we are super excited to make our debut on Kickstarter!
We are a team of three working on this project. Working as a team has enabled us to challenge each other during ideation, research, design and prototyping. We made countless prototypes and samples for the past few months to ensure highest quality and craftsmanship.
We feel well equipped and prepared to produce Urban Soap on time. We spent extensive time in refining and testing to minimise any upcoming issues during production and will do everything in our power to make sure the deadline is met.
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