In the previous post I referred to the ‘Architect as prototype designer’; and it got me thinking to the many things I had done in my career, some of which I’m proud of and some of which I’m not.
Well, whilst freelancing for a design company in North London (Hi Keith), I was asked to switch roles from architect to product designer in order to produce the machine drawings for a small plastic cafetiere.
“I’m not a product designer” say I.
“Just think of it as a very small building made of plastic” says boss
So, ahead I go and produce the drawings and amazingly the prototype was made and then it goes into mass production (end product below):
Skip forward a few months and I’m in a Little Chef restaurant and what did I see as I ordered my coffee, yup MY CAFETIERE!. Apparently the cafetiere was implemented in every Little Chef in the UK as well as a whole host of other restaurants and coffee shops. Now if I’d only got a few pence per cafetiere… I won’t embarrass myself by telling you how much I got paid for the drawings.
Would I do it again? Probably not as I’m happy with ‘buildings’ a bit bigger but as they say “Never say never”