How can an object be incredibly, exquisitely, perfectly designed–and a colossal pain in the ass to use?
That’s precisely what Katerina Kamprani shows us with “The Uncomfortable,” a collection of familiar household objects rendered aggravatingly unusable with a few simple adjustments. The ranks include open-toed rain boots, a pitcher that pours back into itself, and a button as thick as thumb.
Kamprani, a designer and architect in Athens, creates the objects with 3D rendering software. Her first stubborn creation was a closet with doors that opened inward.
The conceit is clever enough on its own, but Kamprani’s poetic execution is what makes the project so great. Each object stays largely faithful to the materials and forms of the original; typically there’s just one deft change that sends its utility flying out the window.
Kamprani starts by recreating the steps it takes to use an object, isolating a single interaction to sabotage. She consults with friends and draws sketches, auditioning a variety of tweaks and transformations until she’s found just the right one. “I know an idea is good when it is so ridiculous I even surprise myself,” she says….
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
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