Have you ever looked at your hair dryer and wondered if it could make a killer latte? Or if your desk lamp could double as a projector in a pinch? Probably not, but design student Weilun Tseng dreams of of a future where household appliances can be reconfigured as easily as Lego bricks.
Tseng was inspired by photographer Todd McClellan, who obsessively deconstructs mechanical objects, and a growing personal frustration with the mountains of electronic waste that result from a culture of planned obsolescence. Tseng deconstructed 50 common household gadgets, everything from fans to tea kettles, and realized that you could recreate all of them with five basic modules: a light socket, rotating motor, air heater, immersion heater, and a heated surface.
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