Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on February 5, 2009
You may have heard of Kyle MacDonald, the guy who traded a red paperclip for a house on Craigslist. It was last year’s light news day darling: “We’ll leave you with an incredible tale of… blah, blah.” Well, after 14 trades, Kyle now owns a house in the town of Kipling Saskatchewan (wherever the hell that is). The point is this: that guy missed the point. The paperclip is a thing of beauty. If you ask me, he should have held on to it.
Luckily for us, the visionaries at Seattle-based Teague Design saw the inherent beauty of this everyday object. Born from an innovative internal program designed to nurture creativity, the paperclip lamp debuted at the Seattle DWR Lighting Exhibition and after gaining recognition internally shone at the Korean Gwangju Design Biennale, a festival which puts 21st century design trends under the spotlight.
On a scale obviously larger than an actual paperclip, its creators were inspired by the item’s brilliantly simple design. Adding lights for illumination was all it took to see this cultural icon in a new light. Its sleek, chic design is so appealing, users will be tempted to “bend, twist and transform it into a new shape.”
The paperclip lamp got me thinking: what other everyday objects could be transformed into a design sensation? The clothes peg coat stand?