Mr. Klein Incomprehensibly Launders Your Unmentionables


We often roll our eyes at some of the impractical or impossible design ideas seen on Yanko, but there are always some that are provocative. Yoon Kisang's Mr. Klein is designed for underwear, and perhaps it makes some sense to have a tiny machine that specializes in tiny articles. The designer notes that it filters and recycles the water, so it doesn't need to be connected with a hose. But is it a Klein Bottle?

A Klein Bottle is a topological construction that has no inside and no outside, essentially made out of two Möbius strips, described in the anonymous limerick found in Wikipedia:

A mathematician named Klein
Thought the Möbius band was divine.
Said he: "If you glue
The edges of two,
You'll get a weird bottle like mine."

And if it is a Klein bottle, there is no inside to put anything.


But ignoring the Klein Bottle reference, the idea of a tiny washer for underwear makes sense. Five years ago Warren discussed the Wonderwash, a tiny manual washing machine:


It's useful for those who do frequent laundry and can't justify filling a traditional washing machine to maximise its energy usage. For example, it's gentler on delicate clothes like underwear and lingerie....When I was lecturing in eco-design, the Wonderwash made a great case study for innovative thinking. Taking the notion of pressure cooking in the kitchen and applying it to the laundry. It can use 45,000 less litres of water per year, compared to a standard top load washing machine, a saving of nearly 80%. There is also a corresponding saving of roughly 65% in energy and 45% in detergent use.

For a lot of people living in small spaces, perhaps a small machine designed for underwear or a few shirts makes sense; an occasional trip to the laundromat can do the bigger stuff. Perhaps Mr. Klein isn't the answer we are looking for, but it is a good question. More at Yanko