There are at least two items in my apartment that I can count on including in my will someday and I'd bet the same goes for most people if they take a stock of their most prized possessions. Alien & Monkey express the opposite sentiment with a handful of their ephemeral designs. As writer/illustrator Daishu Ma and industrial designer Marc Nicolau explain on their website, "These products can be used for a long period of time and, due to the elements, crumble back to sand dust at the end of its life cycle." Making sand stick together in mind-bending ways is nothing new. We're just accustomed to seeing it in some form of sand art or architecture—not necessarily as functioning products.
Most notably, the Barcelona-based design duo has introduced a crumbling sand package design that has been making waves on the blogosphere. Tiny objects can be hidden within the solid walls of the package and are supported by loose sand inside of the chamber. A cut across the object directs the opener to the best spot to crack open the brick.
I've gotta say, even if I didn't like what was hidden inside, the strange satisfaction of completely destroying the sarcophagus might just make up for it. Aside from the packaging concept, Alien & Monkey offer a stool and hanging pendant lamp designs for the home that last a little bit longer than the granular container. The stool reminds me of a particularly uncomfortable cinder block couch set-up that I once saw in a DIY magazine. But as they say, can't knock it until you've tried it!
What say you, design critics? They say that the best designs are built to last—does this make it into the books as an exception? Or is it a pointed comment on planned obsolescence?
Check out Alien & Monkey's sandy designs—and more, like this bamboo fitness equipment—on their website.
Via Design Taxi