Welcome to a page that offers a bit different perspective at the design of small items – most of them fit in the hand. The selection is limited by the size of the items – the maximum dimensions are 200 x 200 x 200 mm. Most of the commonly used tools and objects can meet these criteria. In case of an extraordinary object, which has slightly exceeded the limit, we decided to accept it and choose also such item to our selection.
We are interested in subjects that are somehow special, maybe even by their absurdity. Innovation is happening fast, partially making life more vivid, but making choices much more difficult and above it all – it can sidetrack a lot of good things beyond our reach maybe quicker as we wish. The items, that were originally produced as tools and were intended to be used, are now mostly waste, or in some cases are used maybe as a decoration. Their cultural footprint does not have been only a nostalgic memory, but also a possible source of inspiration. To determine under current circumstances seriously, what can become in the future a piece of archival design is demanding and highly subjective.
Designuine presents things exempted from consumer reality. We want to draw attention to their everyday extraordinariness. Some objects are listed in different time and shape mutations due to their specific qualities. The items could be a perfect design but also kind of smarmy sub – pop – design. When selecting the objects, it didn’t matter in what number the item used to be produced or is still produced. Many contain a special element of reality, but not as absurd as the one in, for example, Catalogue of Unfindable Objects by Jacques Carelman.
Designuine is an attempt to record partially, a fractional overview, mapping over the things on the threshold of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which will certainly radically alter our view not only on design. They say that in love and war is allowed everything. Since a certain time, this applies also to the design.