Aesthetics of Domestic Sound by Lise Lefebvre



Lise Lefebvre, who has just completed her Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven, has sent us images of her graduation project. Called The Aesthetics of Domestic Sound, it explores how the experience of using a domestic appliance is affected by the sound it makes.


Lefebvre covered vacuum cleaners, whisks, juicers, washing machines and other gadgets in jackets of hand-stitched felt, radically changing the user's experience by muffling the devices both visually and audibly.


Here is a bit of text provided by Lefebvre:


Lise Lefebvre's graduation project explores the emotional potential of sound in domestic appliances.


She researched the detrimental effects of environmental noise upon human health and well being and uses design as a tool to counter our overproduction of sound.


Audibly, but also visually silencing a range of seamlessly handfelted appliances, she created a new aesthetic that celebrates domesticity and fulfills the need to bond with one's objects.


Lise Lefebvre recently graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven IM Masters program.


She previously completed her bachelor's degree at the ESAD School of Art and Design in Reims, France.


Posted on Monday July 9th 2007 at 8:54 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Zender

    Look mom… i do useless stuff! :D

  • Soundboay

    I couldn’t think of anything mor useless crap than this. What a waist of time. Sorry.

  • gaque

    are you serious?

  • I appreciate the effort.
    just one question,
    why is the title ‘aesthetics of domestic sound’
    instead of ‘aesthetics of domestic touch’.
    tried to avoid being ‘direct’ and pursue being ‘poetic’?
    I sincerely think being honest is better and more appealing.

  • Zender

    I mean.. this has got to be the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life!

  • MauZ

    where have i seen this before?

  • SR

    Ok…so the washer throws everything off. But Lise is definitely on to something with the small appliances that we not only hear (filling our environments with all sorts of audible and visual pollution)…but actually touch/handle during operation (read: vibration). What’s missing for me, is the process and the insights accompanying the text.
    If you’re reading this Lise, remember; how you came to your conclusions is equally, if not more important than the title or visual results. Be sure to communicate the process in your portfolio.

  • n 1

    J U S T P R E T E N T I O U S

  • I think she’s on to something. I hate excessively noisy appliances. And the photos are cute in a kitschy surrealist sort of way.

    But I have to wonder, how come your design blog has so many anti-design commenters?

  • Nuno

    There is good design. There is crappy design. And there is freakin’ useless design…

    I don’t think there are any anti-designers around. I think there are a lot of real-life designers that are not that dumb to say ‘yes sir’ to everything.

  • It looks like a cheap TV commercial.

  • Mattia Nuzzo

    Not feelin’ it.

  • chapmaniac

    …but she is…hilarious first pic-looks like something you dont want your boss to catch you looking at

  • Maxwell

    Wow, tough critics.
    As useless as you think it may be, taken lightly it actually seems like a very playful peculiar response to everyday inanimate objects. Perhaps the final result lacks some sophistication but the notion of changing the incessant hum of an appliance and giving it a new character is very intriguing.
    I would love to have a fluffy singing blender!