This Little Teapot Was Made From Garbage
With the nationwide new openings of even more Targets and Walmarts comes the proliferation of cheap household appliances—shiny promises of convenience that allow us to enjoy a finely brewed cup of coffee or a quickly blended smoothie. Their low cost means more people have access to these little comforts of modern life. But it also means that when these appliances break, as they inevitably do, they’re not repaired, but simply tossed, invariably finding their way into our already overstuffed landfills. But one socially minded designer is stepping in to curb that electrical waste by reconfiguring these broken appliances into brand-new ones.
Gaspard Tiné-Berès is one of the masterminds behind RE-DO Studio, a London-based design firm that reimagines products like bikes and furniture from parts that are repurposed or upcycled. His latest venture, named Short-Circuit, is a line of household appliances that are built from the components of dead electrical products that were tossed in the trash.
According to Co.Exist, Tiné-Berès spent some amount of time studying and testing parts of lifeless appliances to understand how they work, why they break, and how they can be reconfigured into workable pieces. The result is a series of household goods that combines old repaired parts with new cork accents, and includes teapots, coffeemakers and toasters.
True to form, every aspect of Short-Circuit's designs are thoughtfully planned. Even the cork serves a purpose greater than aesthetics; it was chosen because it’s water-proof, anti-bacterial and heat insulating, allowing these appliances to function even more efficiently than when they were in their original state.
Tiné-Berès has set up his wares in London’s Bright Sparks, a repair and reuse shop run by volunteers that finds innovative ways to breathe life into old electronics.