jw introduces some products that will make you think about the shelf life of objects and the ideas behind their form and function.
As a designer, it’s important to look at objects from different perspectives and allow yourself to embrace the joy of playfulness expressed through the form, material, colour, interaction or narrative (story) of an object. However, it’s also wise to remember to assess the functionality and sustainability of an object as well.
Here are three objects I believe are all incredibly playful – the form of these products attracts me to pick them up and interact with them. But, I wonder if over time the playful design element becomes less important than the functionality of the object? Does playfulness come with an expiry date? Take a look and decide on your winner in the race between playful form and functioning design.
The Apple iBook G3 ‘Clamshell’
The Spun Chair
COOKUT Wooof, nutella, butter spreader
Personally, I’m naturally attracted to an object with a playful element, but I make sure to take a moment to think. After the object stops being playful will it provide the function I’m asking or needing it to serve? Look around your home, at school and college or whilst you travel around London. What playful objects exist in your life?
Looking for more inspiration?
Explore more playful design ideas via jw’s ‘Playful Design’ pinboard
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