The Misused: Re-Imagining Hardware, London Design Festival

Level All welcome
What you'll make A design of your choice
Skills you'll learn Application of design theory and creative transformation of everyday materials
Duration 1 x day workshop

Join us for a special one-day workshop with experimental industrial designer Liang-Jung Chen from The Misused, as part of London Design Festival, for a unique insight into creative potential of everyday household hardware objects.

Participate in an ongoing global design and research project with The Misused. The project started in in Taiwan before travelling to The Netherlands, and now the UK. This workshop will reveal the potential of hardware – how they are representative of different cultures and often misused in inventive and humorous ways.

You will create new objects by re-imagining, re-purposing and customising from a selection of hardware provided. Using workshop equipment and with technical support, you will design and create your own piece to be photographed and featured in the study, before taking it home with you.

You will also receive:
A pre-workshop inspiration guide before the class
A DIY Hardware Kit to take home with you
and a Post Workshop review that will include images of all the objects from the workshop


About The Misused 
Co-founded in 2018 by London-based industrial designer and researcher Liang-Jung Chen, The Misused studies hardware culture around the world.
Each year, the project observes different cultural approaches to organising hardware, its display in shops and how selected hardware can be repurposed into new objects. The project is dedicated to inspiring people to re-imagine daily hardware in alternative contexts.


Schedule for the day
10.00 – 10.20 Opening + Hardware Research Introduction
10.20 – 11.30 Hardware Selection & Observation
11.30 – 11.50 Misused Object Introduction
11.50 – 12.30 Design & Sketch Time

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break + Collecting more hardware or materials

13.30 – 13.45 Brief idea sharing
13.45 – 17.30 Making Time
17.30 – 17.45 Object Presentation
17.45 – 18.00 Object Photography + Closing


Social distancing
We are ensuring limited numbers of people on site at all times and carrying out social distancing measures with additional cleaning in place. All of our teachers will receive training in our new rules and we will be making all attendees aware of how to safely take part at the workshop. If you have your own face covering please bring this with you. We will have some disposable masks should you need one.  We will not be providing refreshments so please bring your own soft drinks and/or snacks. The cafe will be open until 3pm if you wish to purchase refreshments. If you don’t feel well or need to self-isolate, please don’t come to the workshop but let us know as soon as possible and we can discuss options with you.

Refunds and/or changes to ticket are available up to 7 days before course date.