Collaboration with Dale Hardiman for A World We Don't Want
As an electronic industrial-designed object, the clothes iron is incredibly rudimentary. Electricity transfers to a resistor that heats a steel or aluminium plate, allowing a regulated temperature between 110° Celsius and 240° Celsius. In basic terms, the clothes iron transfers electricity from the wall socket into heat.
With retail prices ranging from $7.50 to $200+, the principles had remained almost the same since its invention in 1882.
While early generation clothes irons used standard screws for disassembly, newer ones use tamper-proof screws requiring specific tools to break down and repair.
Presented as a stovetop, Small Appliance deconstructs the clothes iron from its sleek plastic designed outer shell to its proper form, a metal plate that provides a controllable heat source.
An ongoing collaborative practice between Hardiman and Royce, Small Appliance explores a consumer product in complete opposition to the technology explored in their first collaboration, Open Garden through discarded mobile phones.