Monday, April 20, 2009


1. a lively spanish dance for two people, typically accompanied by castanets or tambourine
2. a foolish or useless act or thing

'Committee' studio is known for exploring 'anti-design'.  Love the concept, hate the waste. However, as long as these 'fandangos' never go into mass production I can appreciate the idea, and even the piece itself as art.  tiny plastic sculpture.  But how long until it goes from being on display to the junk drawer to the garbage?

Sidetracked. I'll get back to what i LIKE about these fandangos.  The nine designers were commissioned to reflect upon the use of plastic in contemporary product design, from stylistic, practical and environmental perspectives.  Committee dissected (recycling good) as broad a range of plastic products as possible and recomposed them, fabricating each fandango by hand to possess absurdist functions and to mimic the finish of an industrially produced consumer product.

It's interesting to consider why products have evolved to the shapes that they have..... anything from cars to kitchen tools to musical instruments.  Much of traditional styling has to do with ergonomics and mechanics, but even these elements could be much different if completely reconsidered from scratch.  Inspired thinking.

These are pieces of artwork about the design process.  And I think they're brilliant.  Even my early thoughts have developed as I've written this.... yes, these are a bit wasteful, but they made me think about the wasteful plastic products in my place.  Being aware will make all the difference when it comes to considering the purchase of yet another..... and another..... no?

no click click.  they don't have a site.....


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