Condom Applicator Wins Most Beautiful Award

A very clever little device that takes a few aspects of this product’s problematic use experience and fixes it. Its something almost every man has a problem with but never really speaks about. Remember your very first time? Too painfully I bet!

Dutch designer Jurgen Bey voted this device “Most Beautiful” at the Design Indaba conference last week. It was invented by Willem van Rensburg and designed by industrial designer Roelf Mulder of South Africa’s XYZ Design.
Hmm they got the orientation problem of this product sorted out with the wrapper graphic, but what about if you, in the heat of the moment, lost the wrapper? I think there should be some kind of indication bump on the applicator itself, perhaps the mold ejector holes on the device are good enough? Also the applicator device naturally stops getting the smell of latex on your hands.
Via Dezeen
Thanks soony for the link.

  • Design Translator

    March 13, 2007 at 7:09 am Reply

    Some interesting stuff coming out of South Africa, I’ll be keeping track of you guys! Please keep intouch.

  • mcmash

    March 13, 2007 at 12:21 am Reply

    Yay! A south african invention! I saw it in Cape Town on the Design Indaba. Soon available on

  • Martijn

    March 13, 2007 at 12:12 am Reply

    And here’s a clip of this product:

  • Jon

    March 7, 2007 at 11:01 pm Reply

    OK, practice definitely makes perfect. I buy that. Where I grew up, sex ed class they tossed us a condom and a 1/2″ dowel rod. We were all thinking cucumber….but that’s a different discussion. This is one of those things that will get used once…especially if the target user is who everyone is talking about. If the target user is the “untrained”….this thing is going to be glued together after the first “use” anyway.
    Sorry, but this one is getting the attention it is getting because its a novel way to wrap a sausage, not because its beautiful.
    In all seriousness. These are the kinds of products that I find frustrating. It gathers all kinds of attention for all the wrong reasons. Confusing the public about what design is for/about. Design is not all about being a beauty contest. Having it widely spread that this product is “the most beautiful” at a design related gathering (if I recall where this is getting its attention from) sends a really weird signal.
    There is a chance that this is getting its “most beautiful” title is actually lost in translation (isn’t the conference it won this award from Dutch?).
    (disclaimer: my 4 month old has seriously impeded my brain functionality due to lack of REM sleep. Any comments made by the author of this comment must be taken with a few grains of salt.)

  • Design Translator

    March 7, 2007 at 7:04 pm Reply

    Hah-hah quite true, it seems to me this product is for situations where speed is required!

  • Tyrone

    March 7, 2007 at 6:34 pm Reply

    I think this product is overly technical for something that is meant to be fun. I also feel letting your partner put the condom on without her hands is a joy! Wink Wink

  • Jasper

    March 7, 2007 at 12:16 pm Reply
  • Jasper

    March 7, 2007 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Actually i have seen this before! Just look for the name “Adnan Tunovic” his design is called “wingman”. You can fin some nice images at google pics. His design i better because you just need one hand!

  • Design Translator

    March 7, 2007 at 10:22 am Reply

    Hah-hah, guys guys, perhaps this can be like a training device, you know like a tricycle?
    Also admit it guys dont you at least want to have a go with it? I know I do…wait I did not just write that did I?

  • Jasper

    March 7, 2007 at 10:11 am Reply

    Waste of materials! C’mon. practice makes perfect!!

  • Jon

    March 7, 2007 at 7:55 am Reply

    Clever design? Sure.
    Most beautiful design? C’mon. Were the judges all 17 year old males?
    Besides, I promise you nothing is going to come close to my pecker that has the potential to pinch like that thing looks like it does.

  • xiaochun wang

    March 7, 2007 at 6:10 am Reply

    good idea

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