The Beginning of Product Mutation
by Wannayos Boonperm


Kingston University graduate Wannayos Boonperm has made a series of objects by splicing together familiar household and office products, including this combined watering can and telephone (above).

Top: Telewaterphone
Above: Fountainzor-Pen

Called The Beginning of Product Mutation, the designs include a computer mouse joined to a washing-up brush and combination grater and shredder, all painted cream.

Above: Gredder

Here's some more information from the designer:

The beginning of product mutation

The global economic crisis has forced the closure of many companies creating multiple job losses.

Above: Brouse

Images of bankers leaving offices in Canary Wharf with boxes of office possessions under their arms signalled a tangible beginning of the downturn for many.

Above: Stanger

In most cases the redundant move on, retraining to survive in a climate that no longer needs their particular skill or service.  But what becomes of the objects in the box?

Above: Marking-Brush

This project speculates that the redundant objects, like their owners also strive for survival, for a new existence where they are useful once again.

Above: Slotted-Pentula

Deposited and forgotten within the household, they acclimatise to their new environment and familiarise themselves with the objects around them.

Above: Stammer

Slowly they mutate and evolve.  The project captures the objects at an undefined point within the process and raises the question whether the products around us may one day be as adaptable to change as we are.

Above: Toothprush

Posted on Sunday March 28th 2010 at 2:06 pm by Chris Barnes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Nice, it gives an idea how each person can be creative… or not ;)

    François Beydoun

  • William

    Artfully crafted. However, I’d like to see a synthesis of tools that work in harmony. Camera + phone makes sense but I’ll take my mouse without the brush.

  • I love these, such beautiful objects. It’s almost like looking at our society through an alien’s eyes.
    I personally am always trying to write while shaving.

  • charlie chan

    its hilarious, personally, i love seeing these kinds of works.

    This “beginning” could have developed more to become something else. I hope to see a second round to this, with an intellectual solution leading to an useful product.

  • Michael

    Industrial designers spend YEARS tinkering with these objects to work on all the minutiae. Nice to see that work effortlessly combined into these new forms. It is a small observation on well crafted objects that represent the unseen amount of thinking that involves their perfected creation.

  • amy pasco

    can it possibly GET more ridiculous than this ?
    im reminded of the emperor’s new clothes, people….

  • klejdi eski

    Is the last one pen+dildo ?

  • A great demonstration of how conceptual design and good storytelling can lead to new forms.

  • afyh

    sometimes we need to be told it's not all about function