The shower curtain that cuts down your water use. This shower curtain slowly infates whilst you shower. After a few minutes the curtain begins to invade your space and forces you to finish up. I really enjoy the humor in this piece. So many water saving ideas are strict and serious. Why not add a little humour- having fun with water saving has got to be a winner.
These spikes act the same way- inflating whilst you shower and eventually pushing you out. The late designer Elisabeth Buecher comments on design for pain and design for you own good:
‘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.’