Technostalgia for the Cassette Tape

Alessia Andreotti
July 19th 2013

Seattle designer Jeff Skierka might suffer from technostalgia, since he was inspired by the good old days to reinvent the obsolete audio tape in the shape of a coffee table. Handmade from reclaimed maple wood on a 12:1 scale, the table is reversible, just like a real cassette tape.

This peculiar piece of furniture is a good example of technostalgia, wherein we idolize old-fashioned technologies in response to what feels like an overwhelming rate of technological change. In technostalgia, we recreate our past and give it new meaning in the present.

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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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