The soap takes its name and inspiration from tetrapods, which are ten-ton structures used to prevent erosion of seawalls and breakwaters.
Designed to prevent slipping in a user’s hand, the Tetra Soap mimics the shape, colour and texture of a tetrapod.
“Tetra Soap draws inspiration from not only the shapes of tetrapods but also the technique of production through casting, along with their concrete colour and texture,” explained the brand.
The designers believe that the shape of the soap makes it much harder to drop than a traditional bar. The Tetra Soap’s form with four pivot points also helps it dissolve slower.
“Soap is a product for cleaning made from an oil-based material,” explained the brand. “When it meets water, it dissolves and becomes slippery. The shape of a normal soap is streamed-line and becomes hard to hold by hand.”
The texture of the soap is made to mimic the surface of concrete and its colour is grey.
It is made from Italian extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, essential oils and distilled water that is individually cast in a tetrapod-shaped silicone mould.
“Slow-made using a cold process production method, each handmade soap is individually cast in a unique Tetrapod-shaped mould which makes it 100 per cent slip free,” the brand said.
“Mild, natural and suitable for all skin types, the soap won’t strip your skin of needed natural oils or disrupt its pH balance.”
Tetra Soap is available for pre-order and costs £17 ($23). It is also available in packs of three or as a monthly subscription.
Other designers have also been creating concrete-inspired products.Earlier this year, Kia Utzon-Frank designed a series of sweets inspired by the Barbican’s Brutalist-style architecture, while in 2016 he created a set of sculptural cakes that look like blocks of solid polished stone.
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