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food design course at TUDelft
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Juke Box, CD kitsch

One of the briefs for the ITD class revolves around reinventing the juke box. Now, juke boxes can be seen in many different ways, ranging from the music consumption effect of having a shared device that plays music upon the insertion of money (and there is no such a thing currently in our world), to a shiny glowing piece of industrial design. Somebody clearly decided that he like the form so much that they made a large (man-sized) CD player in the shape of a juke box.

 

This is a rather large object. Unfortunately it was in the middle of a bunch of other peculiar stuff (if you have visited the Saturday market in Rotterdam on the Blaak you know what I am talking about), so I was not able to include a person as a scale factor. At any rate, contrast with the hob at bottom left.

So, what does this object of wonder actually do, since it certainly is not a real juke box stuffed full of 45rpm records? Apparently it is a CD player. The purple disc inside looks like a CD, surrounded by all sorts of not terribly functional appendages and things. (but then, 98% of this thing is by definition non-functional). The buttons on the front panel (links to higher resolution pictures at the bottom of the post) are typical CD control buttons. Large hints of the presence of an FM/AM radio are also present.

But what really got my attention was the remote control. Done in a bastard ’90s buttons+chrome trim+retro Ghostbusters+vaguely decò style, in black plastic and chrome, more or less similar to the juke box front, this is the remote control that Buck Rogers would have used to control his space juke box while rocketing from Mars to the Earth. Barbarella would have found it too obsolete for her tastes, I am sure.

In other news, I just spotted the name Wurlitzer on a cigarette vending machine in Dunya Döner Kebab, again in Rotterdam.

Higher resolution images

entire juke box
detail of CD receptacle
remote control

Fantastic!

This was my reaction when one of the groups working on the ITD brief let me know that they have set up a blog as a collaboration platform. Here it is! I am surprised by the number of students at TUDelft that have only a "passive" relationship with the Internet, that is, they browse, they read, but they do not have a presence (as in, their website, their blog…) Some use facebook, but not really everybody. I guess that the seductions of the physical world are still too strong.

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