For Knauf and Brown, the mindless routine of ubiquitous automation has led to a series of “manual” objects.
Details: The Standard Collection consists of three items that require manual intervention, a small mobile side table, a dual-function table top vanity mirror and a table lamp without an on/off switch. “The three domestic objects in the standard collection, are the manual versions of the their more common automatic counterparts.” says Knauf and Brown.
The Standard Floor Coaster is a small mobile side table and storage unit that moves around the floor with the user, “to wherever she may sit.”
The Standard Vanity Mirror is a table top vanity mirror that engages the user with a rotating panel with two unique sides: one featuring a large vanity mirror, the other a panel of leather with several protruding rails. The rails are used to display pictures or other mementos, similar to using the frame of an automatic mirror to store photos of loved ones.
The Standard Table Lamp has no on/off switch, to turn the lamp on, the user chooses what type of light she wants from two fixtures and places it in the copper tower. To turn it off, she removes it and returns it to its vase. The two types of light she can choose from are a small beam and a large flood.
“In a world of ubiquitous automation, one falls into mindless routine. The more often a user flips a light switch, the less she thinks about it. Flipping a switch allows her to become passive in her interactions with objects. She doesn’t touch the objects, make decisions about them, or build a connection to them.
The name Standard Collection connotes the usage of ‘standard’ to describe the manual rather than the automatic option. A standard transmission requires greater input from the driver and more frequent interaction. She changes gears using both hands and both feet. She makes decisions in relation to context. She is attuned to her surroundings.
This relationship benefits the user and the planet. The user actively decides when she normally would not. If she uses a Standard object everyday and builds a thoughtful relationship with it, she will not be cavalier about throwing it away or replacing it. She will want to fix it, sell it, or continue to enjoy it in her home. Too many discarded objects, she will realize, have passed through her life unappreciated.” knaufandbrown.com