Short Circuit by Gaspard Tiné-Berès
Published on October 12, 2012
From Gaspard Tiné-Berès
Cheap household appliances such as kettles, coffee makers or toasters, are typical of goods that are thrown away while in perfect working order. But, even when damaged, the electrical components unlike the casing are easily fixable; therefore, landfill sites are increasingly becoming sources of viable and perfectly working complex electrical and electronic components. Moreover, these same components represent a major waste problem, due to their composite and toxic nature.
I’m investigating a business model based on the exploitation of such resources, starting from the existing solutions such as re-use center, I’m proposing a system that would bring together concepts such as, local manufacturing, re skilling of European labour, and up-cycling. In order to produce a range of electrical devices with a new aesthetic and extended life, that could be produced with simple and low cost tooling solutions.
My Coffee-maker, kettles and toaster, are made out of re-used components, and factory seconds glassware such as wine bottle and chemistry beakers, in order to take advantage of it’s ubiquity, and standardized dimensions. The main structure is made out of natural cork for it’s waterproof, anti-bacterial and insulation properties. Moreover, cork can be recomposed in order to utilize all the off-cuts. This design required no mould and can be frequently upgraded, repaired or changed as required.