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In 2009 we were invited to participate in a design show called InDisposed, which was about exploring the intersection between disposability and sustainability. Can a product be both disposable and sustainable, or are those two things mutually exclusive?
Since the show was focused on sustainability, we wanted to explore a theme we’d touched on our past work: energy consumption. While our culture is constantly burning through electricity, we don’t think about it much, other than the monthly reminder of our electric bill.
We ultimately designed a visual reminder of that concept: “burning through electricity”.
The Candlestrip (our name for the finished piece) generates light the old fashioned way. And yet the candles are shaped like 3-prong power cords, and plug-in to a base shaped like a ubiquitous powerstrip.
It’s a completely unique item, full of paradoxes: analog vs. digital, past vs. present, sustainable vs. disposable.