Homeware brand Othr have created a 3D-printed calendar which aims to take people away from their smartphones and go back to basics. Is it just a nice bit of design or could it really be a tool for change?
The designers were Spanish studio Yonoh, who stated that the idea behind the design was to be a tribute to the, “the architecture of the industrial boom”. The three ridges were intended to emulate the classic roofs of the industrial factories of the 1920s and 1930s.
There are two metal pointers which the user has to change themselves in order to stay up to date, thus they are forced to keep track of time off the screen.
“The calendar’s 3D-printed fabric base emulates the era’s move towards the synthetic, gracefully guiding an antiquated material into the 21st century,” said Othr, which launched in May 2016
Founder Joe Doucet stated that, “We are attempting to create the first well-designed consumer objects of the third industrial revolution…we are using the technology to disrupt the current supply chain involved in producing goods, not to create crazy new forms.”
Othr have produced some other innovative ideas for items around the home such as a wine decanter that is at a tilt in order to keep bottles at the perfect angle for optimum aeration.
HEKKTA thinks the design is really slick. It’s a simple but sophisticated take on a regular calendar, but we are struggling to see that it could really detract people from their phones. People may even buy this to start some parts of life off their phone, but as time goes on, the necessity of our little screens becomes more apparent. There is nowhere to input a date on this calendar, it is simply an indicator of time. And as we may buy a calendar for the new year and hang it up, after a few months we forget about it. We stop writing important dates on it and we stop crossing off the days. We are simply too busy. As sad as it may be, life off your phone is just easier.
But here at HEKKTA we are optimists and perhaps given enough effort, this smooth piece of design using new 3D-printing technology, could help to drag people out of the digital world because after all, we are all guilty of being on our phones too much.