Japanese art Chindogu – taking pieces of technology and making them 'inconvenient'

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I’ve stumbled across the Japanese artform of Chindogu, which directly translates to ‘unusual tools’, devices which aim on making life easier, but just end up being more inconvenient.

The inventor, Kenji Kawakami, has created ‘inconveniences’ such as an electric fork, a toilet roll dispenser hat for people with “serious sniffles” and double-sided shoes, which are all shown under the jump.

Wonder if LG took inspiration from Kawakami when they designed the MP3 player washing machine?


Electric Fork!

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The Two Way Shoe – as Kawakami describes them, “when you come home, simply slide your shoes off at the entrance to your house. When you are ready to go out again, you can easily slide back into them, without the troublesome effort of turning your shoes around”.

(via Kawakami)

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