Τρίτη, 19 Απριλίου 2011

RepairWare: Home Products Redesigned to be Easily Fixed


‘Steam Iron’ is part of a conceptual product range called ‘Repair-Ware’ which comprises of a series of domestic products redesigned with the affordance of repair.

The brand and range of appliances aim to create a culture of repair amongst their users. This brings together not only the manufacturers knowledge of the product but also that of the user.

This culture is created through a website and forum which allow the user to share knowledge, learn, buy new parts and ultimately carry out their own repairs.

The products are fully and easily dismantable. Designed to be taken apart and put together again intuitively, they actively make repairing simple.

Aesthetically they take queues from older products, hinting towards when products were built to last and trying reduce throwawayism. Whilst using a traditional set of materials to create a feeling of longevity, they do so with more contemporary forms allowing a fresh product that won’t easily circum to fashion.

Steam Irons components are built up in layers and fastened together by two screws. These screws are a prominent feature on the surface of the iron serving as a semiotic of repair.

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