NATIONAL VENDING GALLERY

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11 DEC 2020 - 07 FEB 2021

It's unlikely that any product presented in this collection was designed by a "designer" as we know it today.

Instead, each product presented is honed by a history of unforgiving negotiations between producers maximising cost-effectiveness of manufacture, business profitability, and user's expectations of value and utility. With optimisation taken to extreme without the intervention of professional design, outcomes could go awry. Nonetheless, there are occasions where these products "designed" by mitigating factors produce enlightening artefacts.

Sourced from the very limited inventories of archaic household goods stores in Singapore, the National Vending Gallery vends these household products that are exceedingly sensible and surprisingly beautiful. Although they have clearly been around for a long time, many of which have been antiquated through time, yet they provide an uncanny perspective to the future of democratic design.

Items are available as-is at the gallery, some with very limited availability.

Featured Objects:

Aluminium Scoop

Apron

Bottle Opener

Electric Shaver

Frosted Plastic Cups

Deep Fry Thermometer

Grater

Hand Broom

Ice Cream Scoop

Mat

Measuring Jug

Mini Kettle with Stainer

Mug with Saucer-lid

Nail Kit

Net Scrub

Pegs

Plastic Scoop

Plates and Forks

Porcelain Cup

Rice Scoop

Sauce Dispenser

Tongs

Wave Cutter

Wire Scrub

This topic is a collection of 24 objects.

Mini Kettle with Strainer

Stainless Steel
12 x 16 x 11 cm

Mat

Cotton offcuts woven with Raffia string
35 x 65 cm

Bottle Opener

Stainless Steel
5 x 20 x 0.3 cm

Electric Shaver

Plastic, Metal, Electrical components
4.5 x 11 x 5.5 cm

Sauce Dispenser

Clear plastic
7 x 7 x 12 cm

Deep Fry Thermometer

Glass, Plastic, Metal, Rubber
2.5 x 21.5 x 2.5 cm

Net Scrub

Fishing Net
15 x 15 cm

Ice Cream Scoop

Coated Aluminium
4 x 18 x 3.5 cm

Aluminium Scoop

Aluminium
8 x 21.5 x 5.5 cm

Mug with Saucer-lid

Melamine
9 x 11.5 x 7.5 cm

Nail Kit

PVC, Plastic, Metal
6.5 x 10 x 2 cm

Porcelain Cup

Porcelain
7.5 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm

Frosted Plastic Cups

Plastic
7 x 7 x 11 cm

Measuring Jug

Stainless Steel
9 x 12.5 x 11 cm

Wave Cutter

Stainless Steel
5 x 12 x 0.3 cm

Grater

Stainless Steel
6 x 21 x 0.3 cm

Tongs

Stainless Steel
3 x 24.5 x 4 cm

Pegs

Plastic, Metal spring
2 x 8.5 x 1.5 cm

Rice Scoop

Stainless Steel
12 x 25.5 x 4 cm

Hand Broom

Plastic
14 x 22 x 1 cm

Plates and Forks

Melamine in 4 colours, Stainless Steel
20 x 20 x 2 cm, 12.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm

Apron

Printed cotton textile
51 x 75 cm

Wire Scrub

Brass, Wood
4.5 x 11.5 x 2.5 cm

Plastic Scoop

Clear plastic
4.5 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm