An inversely curved chair seat, a super stacked fork, an inflatable door handle—these are only a few of the designs that have come out of KK Studios. In a series aptly titled "The Uncomfortable," designer Katerina Kamprani decides to design in a whole new way that some may call plain awkward. The series' intent is pretty straightforward: "The goal is to re-design useful objects making them uncomfortable but usable and maintain the semiotics of the original item," as read on her website.
Just looking at some of these tinkered-with products makes me a bit nervous—imagine trying to sip soup from a half-concealed spoon. But it offers an important look into the way we interact with everyday objects. All of these renditions are fully functional, they're just not what we're used to. I wonder how long it would take to acclimate to designs like these.
"The Uncomfortable" is a continuous project—follow the series on Facebook to see new additions.
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.