LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL – THE MISUSED EXHIBITION AT KIOSK N1C
The Misused present The Hardware at Kiosk N1C, an exhibition of alternative uses of everyday hardware items, inspired by the ways in which older generations that live in the Taiwanese countryside found creative ways of improvising with objects to complete daily tasks.
About The Misused
The Exhibition – The Misused Ironmongery
Industrial designer Liang-Jung Chen turns Kiosk N1C into a pop-up hardware concept store, offering ideas of ‘misusing’ daily hardware. The exhibition features a range of utilitarian hardware collected in Taiwan where the project was founded on observations of the local often humorous but intentional misuse of hardware. The exhibition explores the notion that certain subtleties of a parent culture are revealed in the design and use/misuse of hardware around the world.
The exhibition also presents the third iteration of the project, in collaboration with designer Will Laslett, a new collection of 10 objects made with British hardware exploring alternative contexts for these semi-finished products.
Together with Kiosk N1C, a special edition product will be launched during the festival, ‘misusing’ the stall clip that can be spotted everywhere in the markets of Coal Drops Yard. A series of events will also take place: a hardware repurposing design workshop with Blackhorse Workshop and a conversation on hardware observation with designer Emile Jones. A must see if you also find charm in the details of everyday objects.
The Project – The Misused
The Misused was founded by Liang-Jung Chen & Shuei-Yuan Yang in 2018. Each year, the project observes and repurpose hardware in a different country. Each object in the project employs locally-collected hardware that are not necessarily available elsewhere. The collection creates a unique juxtaposition of familiarity and novelty, both in use and materiality.
Following the ﬁrst study of Taiwanese hardware in 2018, the project went on to study Dutch hardware in 2019. British hardware culture is the focus during the year of 2020. The project had been exhibited in Taiwan Design Research Institute, Dutch Design Week, and Melbourne Design Week.
The exhibition this year is kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.).