Planned obsolescence can be used to reduce unplanned waste.
Although everyday items have a short functional life, most continue to live in landfill beyond their use. Taking inspiration from nature—where an object is created with a purpose and disappears after this purpose is fulfilled—FADE explores this concept of impermanence and applies it to everyday objects.
FADE proposes to consciously use the theory of planning for obsolescence when designing short lived objects. Most products created today are disposable in life and durable in death. Planned obsolescence addresses this gap between the functional life of objects and their actual life.
Using sugar composite as a food-based material and other bio materials, the system displayed demonstrates the life cycle of a product resulting from the paradigm shift brought by FADE to the way objects are conceived, used and disposed of.
Nominated for Sustain RCA Award, 2016