Small Appliance

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. 

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Images by - Kristoffer Paulsen [1], Dale Hardiman [2&3]

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.