RepairableReplaceable, Recyclable

If our products last twice as long, we will consume half as many. A studio project, originally inspired by traditional Japanese ramen bars is now re-invented to embody a modular, repairable and upgradable approach. 

The aim of this project was to explore how design can add value via repairable products. Increased consumer awareness around waste, recycling and environmental impact inspired us to think about alternatives. This project showcases a solution that may build a foundation for customers who could potentially buy replacement parts or customise an everyday tool. 

Service

Product & Packaging Design

Client

Abtin Valerie Design Studio

Year

2022

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The use of simplistic, cuboid shapes and minimal styling was inspired by traditional interior and architecture of Japanese living. This influenced the natural material finish, subtle colour choice and text detailing.

The orange being used as a subtle 'pop' detail within the design reflects our branding. Low fidelity mock-ups were used to establish initial dimensions. 

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Materials:

  • Hardwood components.

  • Custom branded elements.

  • Stainless steel sheet metal.

  • Coated fixings.

  • Off-the-shelf parts.

Production process:​

  • Laser engraving.

  • Laser cut, fold and hydroforming.

  • Timber manufacturing.

  • Pre-assembly.

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Moulded paper pulp insert allowing parts to nest separately and present themselves once the box is opened. Components can be sold independently with instructions on how to fit parts included in the box. 

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Outcomes

  • Designed with usability and ergonomics in mind.

  • A subtle form, differentiated from similar products by removing the organic shapes and over-moulded rubber grips.

  • Reduces waste and aims to be as eco-friendly as possible whilst trying to challenge consumer mindsets. 

  • A repairable product idea that aims to inspire buyers to 'make it their own' and to consider the item's end-of-life. 

* Registered Design (2022).

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