As the heritage boom continues to accelerate, the potential resale value of a product can become the dominant factor when determining its worth in the primary market. Beanie Babies were one of the most collectable items of the 1990’s, at their peak accounting for 10% of all eBay searches. ‘Cleanie Beanie’ uses the brand’s ability to manipulate potential resale value in order to dominate the household goods market, where competition is vast but product differentiation is minimal.
This consumer good is an intelligent tray which can accommodate different kinds of food according to their shapes and volume. For example, after a meal it will trace the wasted food materials and record what type and how much do people waste in a meal.
Employing the naivety of child’s play, ‘Polly Pocket Luxury Living’ aims to show the importance of use-value over exchange-value in the organisation of space in the city.
Polly Pocket is traditionally a children’s toy disguised within an object that adheres to the adult’s world, for example a pocket mirror. Opening the polly pocket reveals an inspired environment housing the Polly doll.
Within the Polly Pocket ‘Luxury Living’ cash box, layers of bedsit apartments isolate the Pollys. In playing with the toy however, the child breaks down the uniform walls of the ‘Luxury Living’ world to rebuild a more fun and useful series of public spaces for the Dolls to interact outside of their domestic cells. The cash box is of more value to the child as a toy than its expected use; as an object for wealth accumulation.
At risk of being swallowed whole by London, dubious Dartford, lies in the blurred boundaries of London and is suffering from an identity crisis. With the proposal of the Paramount London theme park proposed in the Borough of Dartford; it has the chance to tell its own story.
The branding of each soap emphasises the address of the soap’s place of manufacture: home enterprises which often exist off grid and out of sight. The set explores the universality of home businesses, celebrates an emerging business model and envisions a future revival of self-sufficient local economies which operate virtually on a local and international spectrum.
These folk hero figurines & charm bracelets personify rights lost or currently under threat in the United Kingdom. Each was created in reaction to recent legislation: the Trade Union Bill, the Housing Bill and the Anti-Terrorism Act, and is intended to create a tangible manifestation, as a home ornament or personal effect, of hard-won rights.
‘O Fado Operário no Alentejo’ is a rice-paper edition of poems sung by labourers while working Alentejo’s paddy fields over the past two centuries. The book forms a cultural archaeology of the region and its creators, depicting the time’s everyday life, love, sorrow, oppression and revolt. It completes the region’s cycle of rice production and asserts traditional practices in a landscape increasingly dominated by the international global rich.
Daimler’s return to its former manufacturing base in Coventry’s industrial periphery to produce its new electric vehicle, presents an opportunity to create a new exurban territory that remixes edge and centre, luxury and the popular, mobility and comfort.
One Swung Cat is a new tool for measuring property value where, by swinging the tape measure, the user is able to assess if there is indeed room to swing a cat. Instead of relying upon measurements that divorce use value from exchange value, the tape focuses on the value of inhabitation. Through measuring this we are then able to quantify it, possibly shifting the focus of urban development.
Al Batinah is Oman’s most fertile area and also, increasingly, its tourism frontline. Its farms are currently extracting excessive ground water, leading to salt water intrusion from the sea and to calls from the government to displace them in favour of tourism. Borrowing from traditional Omani digging tools, SoilStick is a portable salinity meter which resists this displacement and disseminates knowledge of soil conditions.