Young designers are turning to spring metal to make everyday objects pop. Spring metal is the type of metal that is a low-alloy, medium-carbon steel or high-carbon steel with a very high yield strength. This allows objects made of spring steel to return to their original shape despite significant bending or twisting. That technology enables metal turn back to it’s original shape without being damaged. Spring steel is commonly used in measuring tapes.
Ayca and Rodrigo, recent graduate students from the Royal College of Arts came up with innovative ideas for two of the commonly used ouse hold items that can pop at a snap of a finger.
Ayca Dundar has created an unfoldable umbrella. She found it difficult living in London and using a regular umbrella. From my personal experience living in London I saw a lot of broken umbrellas from the strong wind gusts. Her innovative approach will help many people to solve the problem of a broken umbrella due to wind. Spring metal allows it to take its original shape when being bend if different directions.
Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez has used the technology to make a collapsible mop, that can be stored in small spaces. Perfect idea for city living and small availability of free space for everyday house items.