"Repair-Ware" Household Gadgets Designed To Last Forever With Easy Fixability


Images by Samuel James Davies via Yanko Design

I am completely in love with this concept for small household appliances by designer Samuel James Davies. The idea is to have a small appliance that can be easily taken apart and repaired by the user; in fact, the entire premise of the design right down to the visual appeal is to promote a culture of repair. The overall appearance is one of accessibility and takes away the high-tech intimidation factor. Check out how lovely it looks in action.

This steam iron is part of a larger project called Repair-Ware, which is intended to promote repairability among household gadgets.

Yanko Design pointed us to the design by Davis, who writes, "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."

In other words, something along the lines of the iFixit community, only with the manufacturers' input and assistance as well.

Davies states that the products are designed to be fully and easily taken apart and put together intuitively -- completely taking out the scary part of wanting to fix something but being afraid you'll just break it more. Plus, they just look awesome, like a mix of old-fashioned and corky Tonka toy. And that cloth cord just brings flashbacks of my grandmother's iron (and telephone and table lamp and...).

"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."

I love the premise of the design, and the design itself. There are a few areas in need of improvement -- such as how quickly the less durable parts will wear out (the cork on those handles won't exactly last long... it should probably be metal). But overall, it gets a thumbs up from me.

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