So terribly useless that its.. useful?

Lena Xian

In such a technologically advanced world that we live in today, its hard to think people would spend the extra time fussing about with useless ‘rubbish-like’ objects. Fred and Friends is a company that aims to do just that.

We delight in taking every-day functional products and turning them into something fresh and unexpected, something funny, something personal.  Fred and Friends

With this in mind, they created the ‘cracked up’ colander, a seemingly useless bowl that actually functions as a colander. If you or anyone you know where to drop and break a bowl, I would highly doubt that you would like to spend hours picking up the pieces and gluing them back together. As said on, the ‘cracked up’ colander is intentionally designed to make sure it is NOT glued back properly. This purposely half-effortlessly reconstructed  bowl is one of the most finest illusions to have in somebody’s kitchen. Something that is seemingly useless is actually used just like every other everyday kitchen essential tool.

This makes us think about how we may overlook the usefulness of objects, such as how often we wear our clothes, or how many replicas of the same thing we have. Recycling or toning down how excessive our culture is indicated when looking at this ‘broken’ bowl.

‘Cracked up’ by WInnig Pang for ‘Fred and Friends’.

Another object that eludes to the familiar ‘useful uselessness’ is the ‘seat saver’ by someone in a New York market place who makes them. These things are more of a DIY project rather than a refined design, although they are highly effective and very convincing.

Introducing the Seat Saver, a highly convincing design that looks like rubbish and serves a pretty useful purpose. Although they are quite self explanatory in how they can serve to save your seat, I will explain anyway. They look absolutely identical to wet food rubbish. This makes it very icky to clean, and most certainly anything but inviting to sit on. By creating an easily portable, fake, and plastic version of this mess, this man has opened a store in a market place somewhere in New York selling these little models of rubbish.

Simply calling them ‘seat savers’ and having the object near the sign does all the explaining for the customer. By calling them ‘models of rubbish’ or ‘plastic spilled ice-cream’ does not give them any useful purpose, and does not redesign the ice cream itself in any way. In regard to ‘Cracked Up’ the colander, it would be the same as having a pile of broken bowl and calling it ‘broken bowl’. The usefulness comes in the purpose of the object, not too much the object itself.