New Designers 07: Claimp is a product that aims to encourage people to turn streets into more sociable spaces.
Designed by Central St Martins product design graduate Maya Goldblum, it consists of a polyethylene device that affixes to lamp posts to provide a coathanger and a drink holder.
Claimp was exhibited at the New Designers exhibition in London in June.
Here is some more info from Goldblum:
CLAIMP: a device to clamp and claim public space. £5.
My aim is to encourage people to reinterpret street settings and claim them as their territory, instead of just using them as a means of passage from A to B.
The Claimp (combining ’claim’ and ’clamp’) is easily clamped with one hand to posts in the street, then used as a coat/bag/umbrella hanger and a drink holder.
It gives the user a feeling of control and creates a more personal space, a temporary territory. It also solves practical issues of carrying too much and allows taking a break in a busy street. After claimping it is easily taken down for reuse, or can be left on the post for the next person/ for your next time there.
It is particularly relevant nowadays since the smoking ban has started.
The Claimp was produced by injection molding, made of high density Polyethylene. It is reusable and recyclable.