Industrial design graduate Lena Goldsteiner is currently showcasing her graduation project "Theatre of Destruction" during this year's Vienna Design Week. In the "Gschwandtner" location—a disused all-purpose-hall from the 19th century—she installed the complete set up to perform her project, which is all "about repair, destruction and reproduction".
Visitors are invited to bring apparently worthless and broken household devices, so they can be given a new life. Various squeezers and shredders on site encourage and enable people to chop up and fragment discarded plastic parts. These shards could then be re-processed into a plastic wire to feed a 3D printer, with which the new part, necessary to fix the broken household device, could be printed.
I am writing "could," as the machine for transforming various types of plastics into spools of plastic filament for 3D printers is not quite put into existence yet. But thanks to the Kickstarted project Filabot it will be soon.
The label of the spools of plastic filament for the 3D printer indicates the past life of the material.
Nevertheless, the "Theatre of Destruction" a wonderful and realistic concept to influence the product life cycle of any kinds of household items in order to prolong their life or reincarnate them into another product. And without question the user relationship to your new mixer will be way more personal, knowing that it is made from your boyfriend's old toaster.