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April 10, 2014 AT 4:00 am

3D Design (Counter) Inspiration: 15 Hilariously Bad Designs for Everyday Objects #3DThursday

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3D Design (Counter) Inspiration: 15 Hilariously Bad Designs for Everyday Objects, via WIRED:

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….

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An imperfect cookie

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