Repair is Beautiful: Making Broken Products Into Art
London-based designer Paulo Goldstein began repairing things early in life. When his GI Joe toys broke, he'd disassemble them and build pieces from each one into a new, Frankenstein-like version. He liked the fact that he didn't need to throw away toys that he'd grown attached to, and he liked the sense of control that repair gave him. As a graduate student at Central Saint Martens, still obsessed with repair, Goldstein focused his final project on how to fix products in a way that isn't simply utilitarian, but is a little more like art.
A chair with a broken side and missing backrest found new life with a metal-and-cable support inspired by suspension bridges. Goldstein gave a lamp a new wooden pulley system that looks a little like a film reel. He repaired an iPod with a broken case and clip with spare bones left over from a meal, wanting to create a strong visual contrast to the high-tech product.