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Vola brings elegance to hand sanitising with the RS11 dispenser

Dezeen promotion: Danish design brand Vola has stepped outside the bathroom with its latest product, a minimalist hand sanitiser.

The RS11 is a hands-free gel, foam and soap dispenser designed to sit at the entrance to reception areas, shops and hospitality venues for guests to sanitise their hands.

A photograph of the Vola RS11 hand sanitiser dispenser at Sophie Soho
The RS11 dispenser is designed to make the hand sanitiser station into an elegant object

With increased hygiene awareness here to stay, the RS11 is designed to cater to venues that want a sanitisation device with a discreet, sophisticated aesthetic.

"The question we asked ourselves was how do you make a hand sanitiser as inviting as a bunch of fragrant roses?" said architect and product designer Torben Madsen, who is design manager at LINK Arkitecktur.

A photograph of the RS11 freestanding hand sanitiser dispenser by Link Arkitecktur for Vola
The cylinder is available in black or white, while the accompanying hardware comes in 27 colour and finish options

The RS11 comes in three configurations: freestanding, wall-mounted or table-mounted, and can also dispense soap or foam in the bathroom.

All the configurations are based around the same sized one-litre capacity aluminium cylinder, which is combined with a disc-like reservoir below to catch any drips.

A photograph of the disc-like reservoir of the RS11 hands-free dispenser
The reservoir references the design of Vola's signature round shower head

In keeping with Vola's design philosophy of how technology should be subtly incorporated into the bathroom, the device's hands-free mechanism is hidden away within the cylinder. On the wall-mounted model, the fixtures are similarly concealed.

"We compressed Vola's classic, cylindrical shape into as slim and light a design as possible," said Madsen. "That allows the cylinder to contain the mechanism that dispenses the contents in atomised form."

"It also means that it can contain at least one litre, so it doesn't have to be refilled as often."

Red and white wall-mounted RS11 dispensers installed within a bathroom
The RS11 is available in wall-mounted as well as freestanding and tabletop versions

Vola estimates that there are around 1,000 applications from a single refill.

The RS11 is available in 27 colours and finishes, which include distinctive shades such as orange and light green as well as metal finishes like natural brass and brushed black.

The extruded aluminium cylinder comes in either black or white and is resistant to finger marks.

Red and white wall-mounted RS11 dispenser between basins in a public restroom
The dispenser can dispense soap or foam

Powered by four rechargeable AAA batteries, the dispenser is designed to be easy to clean and refill, with a durable design that helps to prevent accidental damage.

At the same time, spare parts will be held in stock by Vola so they are easy to replace if necessary. This is in line with the brand's commitment to creating products with built-in longevity that last for generations.

White freestanding hand sanitiser station in a light-filled contemporary restaurant
The technology for the hands-free device is concealed within the cylinder

"It has been a very positive challenge to develop a Vola product that moves completely out of the world of the bathroom that has to stand on its own two feet," said Madsen.

"Our intention has been to create a recognisable Vola design that adds a stamp of quality to any environment."

To view more of Vola's products, visit its website.

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