Seeing as we've been posting about water and the environment of late Elisabeth Buecher's My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior (above) really got our attention. The goal of the piece was to show how water overconsumption could be countered in "either a disturbing or a gorgeous way" using innovative materials and inflatable technology. According to Elisabeth, "This shower curtain slowly inflates around you while you shower. It leaves you only a few minutes to take your shower before trapping you." Better hurry.
Elizabeth is part Puff and Flock a new London-based textiles collective that launched at Interiors Birmingham with Designersblock earlier this year. The collective has several members; Kathy Schicker, Amélie Labarthe, Aurélie Mossé, Jenny Leary, Melissa French and Jo Angell. We'll be featuring more of their work in subsequent posts. More Green Warrior after the jump.
From textilefutures.co.uk and Elisabeth Buecher:
My approach to design can sometimes appear shockingly radical but I have got different reasons to legitimise that. An alarm clock is not what we can call a pleasurable object. It is often even painful to be awoken by it. However it is a necessary object, which regulates our lives and the society. That's what I call the "design for pain and for our own good". Some of my designs seem to constrain people, acting like an alarm clock, awaking people to the consciousness of their behaviour and giving them limits. People often need an external signal to behave more. In France the government added thousands of new radars on the roads to fight excessive speed. And it worked: there are far less people killed on the roads of France today. I call it "design of threat and punishment" and I use it as an educational tool.
"The spikes of this shower curtain slowly inflate while you shower. It leaves you only a few minutes to shower before pushing you out."