A Guide To Better Being

Chindōgu is the art of inventing seemingly practical but ultimately useless gadgets to enhance everyday life.

Austrian Berlin-based photographer Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek was fascinated by the absurdity of these things and dedicated a series of photos to them.

The Chindōgu (literally: strange device) is a humorous version of an invention and at the same time a kind of joke. It solves an actual problem in a particularly creative way, while its actual use would cause more problems than it would solve.

A Chindōgu is for example an umbrella tie, in which a businessman instead of a tie ties an umbrella with collar. Purportable purpose: You are always prepared for rain, because you never run the risk of forgetting the umbrella at home. Chindōgus do not necessarily have to be functional; the Chindōgu is only made or even arranged to be photographed.

More about Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek and his works here or on Instagram here.


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Hello, I'm Carolin. I'm a designer and concepter. I love space travel, smooth beats, simplicity and Star Wars. I've studied visual communication at Offenbach Academy of Art and Design and arts management at Freie Universität Berlin. Say hi on instagram @carolingoelder

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