Electronic Heirloom

21st December 2010

Considering a more emotive way of blending technology in our lives is product designer John Kestner with his Tableau which was recently on show at the Saint Étienne International Design Biennale.

Described as an anti computer experience he has re-designed a bedside table and a printer/scanner that links to twitter.

By placing a photograph in the tableau drawer which is scanned and posted on twitter he reconnects our social interactions with the physical of a real photoraph rather than the increasing digital exchange of current social networking – in return images that are posted on twitter manifest themselves in the drawer as ‘real’ photographs.

Humanising our relationship with technology twitter updates are shown by the draw handle glowing gently.

Considering what Kestner is calling ‘Heirloom electronics’ the table is made up of reclaimed materials and obsolete electronics saved from landfill.

In addition as it is linked to twitter it utilizes its basic interface and enables it to be reprogrammed or repurposed giving it a longer lifespan than other electronic devices.



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