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.