Handle with care: Hairdryer is a sharp idea

13 : 07 : 2011 Craft : Paris : Emotional Functionality

Paris – French designer Jean-Baptiste Fastrez has created a series of hairdryers with hand-crafted wooden handles.

Tomahawk Hairdryer by Jean Baptiste Fasterez, Photography by Ribon Tomahawk Hairdryer by Jean Baptiste Fasterez, Photography by Ribon
Tomahawk Hairdryer by Jean Baptiste Fasterez, Photography by Ribon Tomahawk Hairdryer by Jean Baptiste Fasterez, Photography by Ribon
Tomahawk Hairdryer by Jean Baptiste Fasterez, Photography by Ribon Tomahawk Hairdryer by Jean Baptiste Fasterez, Photography by Ribon
Tomahawk Hairdryer by Jean Baptiste Fasterez, Photography by Ribon Tomahawk Hairdryer by Jean Baptiste Fasterez, Photography by Ribon

Each of Fastrez’s Tomahawk series uses the same mechanical part, but has a separate hand-crafted handle, changing not only the aesthetic but also the functionality of the final products.

‘The idea is to forge a partnership between industrial and craft production,’ the designer tells LS:N Global. ‘I wanted to use the best elements of both practices to produce one object.’

As LS:N Global noted in our Tech Futures report, today’s consumers seek products that evoke an emotional response, and that offer comfort and reassurance. By bringing natural materials and hand-crafted details into technological design, a more emotional connection can be formed between user and object.

For more information, read LS:N Global’s Tech Futures report, available from The Future Laboratory’s online shop.

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