When it comes to shared spaces, amenities such as public charging stations aren't necessarily a priority when there's tax money to be spent. So, like any designer looking to contribute to the greater good, Paris-based industrial designers Sylvain Chasseriaux, Léa Bardin and Raphaël Pluvinage chose to solve the problem an innovative way. Their solution: Taking on these moments of inconvenience with a guerrilla campaign of boldly painted, machine-made items aimed at providing life-hacks that are quite literally hidden in plain sight.
Their series, Fabrique-Hacktion, ranges from tiny tabletops for folding chairs, hand-crank phone chargers, discarded newspaper stations and a tool for easier change-grabbing from vending machines, among other tools.
Aside from providing an unexpected convenience for passersby, Chasseriaux hopes to create "an involvement of people in their public and collective space through installing 'grafts'—complementary objects—which support a usage and practice while improving or questioning current urban systems and furnitures." Check out the video below to get a glimpse into the entire series of gadgets:
A couple of the apparatuses caught my eye in particular. Check out the making/function of these fantastic four:
Fighting the good fight to help people avoid broken machines and "out of order" signs
Ticketing machines have a nasty habit of being broken and not necessarily letting on to the fact until you've wasted an ample amount of time trying to get it to take your money. In this instance, the machine flaunts a green light when it's in working order and a red one when it's not. Chasseriaux and his team helped the machines along with "n.3 Reflechi," a trapezoidal add-on that reflects the light so ticket buyers can identify working machines from a farther distance.
A simple solution for sharing newspapers on public transit—you know, instead of dropping them on the ground
This one is by far my personal favorite. "n.11 Journal de bord" is an elastic strap that relies on tension to keep discarded reading material in place. When one person is done with their daily, they can leave it behind to for a fellow commuter.
The hand-crank phone charger in action
And now, to solve the most common of first-world problems with a simple cranking method, is "n.7 Cabine Electrique." Finally, a good use for outdated phone booths.
Taking a picnic to a park is good in theory. But forget a blanket and you and your date are at the uncomfortable mercy of sharing a meal on your laps." N.9 chaise-chaise" is a system for attaching two standard folding park chairs together via a shared wooden desk space, perfect for sharing something delicious or more solo activities like sketching or reading.
Check out more of Chasseriaux's work on Coroflot.