Japanese design – Chindogu

The chindogu is the Japanese art of designing a “useless tool-gadget”,term coined by Kenji Kawakami in 1985.

He defends chindogu as an answer to senseless consumerism of the modern world and that obsession to make life as easy as possible.

Also  are brilliant anarchic ideas that break with the historical mold of a conservative utility. The chindogu is a ” useless ” object that can not be manufactured , it is a one-time product for practical demonstration of the idea.

In theory chindogu solves an everyday problem with an optimal solution, but in practice the chindogu proves so boring or complicated to use that ends up creating other problems .

Some conditions to be a chindogu are:

  1. It can not really be used
  2. Must be a  physical object
  3. Should be a tool for daily use
  4. Be non-commercial ( albeit some chindogus should be even commercialized! )
  5. Must be a serious creation and not a bad joke
  6. No advertising
  7. Can not be protected or patented
  8. Can not promote prejudice or taboo

But is Chindogu a real innovation?

Can Chindogu help real and serious proposals to be more sustainable?

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