Every product is designed to achieve a specific function and many of them are often misused to fulfill other purposes than what they are initially meant to; i.e using a chair as a doorstop. Why not letting the user decide of the function of an object? The Close Encounter project is a series of objects that have been designed without any function but with the purpose to fulfil an unpredicted need. At first they might appear useless, but the fact that they are present in time and space give them the opportunity to be used for something. It is up to the user to perceive/think of a functionor not. If used as a seat, then it is a seat.
Instead of deciding of a function and to create an object to achieve this function Form follows Function), he wanted to create unknown products and see how we could use them (Function follows form).In order to objectives, he had to step away from the design process.The RX227 process is a card game combined with 3D software that allows the creation of random useless objects.
The initial aim of this project was to research the phenomenon of misuse (finding new functions in something that has not been designed for them but it turned itself into an understanding of the relation between Form & Function: Form=Function=Form.
Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.
24 – 27 Sep 2009
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00
Register on the Designersblock website.