Digital Trashcan in a Physical Office

Van Mensvoort
January 28th 2010

The Swedish design group Front brings the principle of the digital computerdesktop trashcan back to the physical world. When your trashcan basket is full it bulges outward. When half-full, it is in permanent motion. The internal basket pushes downward while the external slats try to maintain an upright position.

This product is an illustrative example of a so–called 'boomeranged metaphor'. At the beginning of the computer era, objects and experiences from everyday life were recreated in the digital domain, so that people could relate to the – otherwise incomprehensible technology – more easily.

Think the computer desktop folders, buttons, painting brush, trashcan, etc. Nowadays, digital technology has become so omnipresent that we start transferring metaphors from the virtual environment to our physical environment, in order to relate to it.

 

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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