Disgusting Switches

Van Mensvoort
February 3rd 2011

If a light switch would be hairy or snotty nobody would want to turn on the light anymore, which is exactly why designer Katrin Baumgarten created some of the most one nauseating switches she could imagine.

One of the switches sprays snot at the one who dares to push it, while another one simply retreats when the finger comes near. A third one has tiny moving hairs to refrain you from switching. The message? Be mindful about your energy use. You really have to need the light before you dare switching one of Baumgartens disgusting creations.

The project reminds of the Switch Critters by Hannah Reiger, which have to be persuaded to switch, as well as of of The Button project by Nitipak Samsen, that re-investigates the concept of the button altogether, moving from the button as a symbol of control, an extension of the human desire to harness the planet, to inter-control.


Via Llink. Thanks Emmie.

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Posted 05/02/2011 – 00:45

i like thi site!!!

Arnoud van den Heuvel
Posted 19/07/2010 – 14:12

Nice one Koert! Check the switch on this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z86V_ICUCD4

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