Thomas Thwaites is a designer who completed his Masters in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in 2009. His work has received several awards and is exhibited internationally, at galleries in London, Dublin, Rotterdam, and Tokyo. Based in London, he is currently working on a commission from the Wellcome Trust.
The Toaster Project: Or A Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratchby Thomas Thwaites
"Hello, my name is Thomas Thwaites, and I have made a toaster." So begins The Toaster Project, the author's nine-month-long journey from his local appliance store to remote mines in the UK to his mother's backyard, where he creates a crude foundry. Along the way, he learns that an ordinary toaster is made up of 404 separate parts, that the best way to/em>… See more details below
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"Hello, my name is Thomas Thwaites, and I have made a toaster." So begins The Toaster Project, the author's nine-month-long journey from his local appliance store to remote mines in the UK to his mother's backyard, where he creates a crude foundry. Along the way, he learns that an ordinary toaster is made up of 404 separate parts, that the best way to smelt metal at home is by using a method found in a fifteenth-century treatise, and that plastic is almost impossible to make from scratch. In the end, Thwaites's homemade toaster—a haunting and strangely beautiful object—cost 250 times more than the toaster he bought at the store and involved close to two thousand miles of travel to some of Britain's remotest locations. The Toaster Project may seem foolish, even insane. Yet, Thwaites's quixotic tale, told with self-deprecating wit, helps us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture, and in so doing reveals much about the organization of the modern world.
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Found this book to be quick, interesting, but most of all entertaining. It was simply fun to read. Despite the light-hearted nature of the story there were also some deeper truth's to be had... if you cared to.
Aside from striking a rather environmentalist tone that I thought was rather unexpected though not without merit it was a great and rather comical book. It definately compel you to think about our industrial and capitalist systems. And of course it gives you a bit more insight into what exactly it is that goes into a toaster.
Not a quick read. Some interesting tidbits can be gleaned from this book. Not for the faint of heart. He has a different sense of humor.
What a waste of a tree. How absurd that sonething this idiotic actually got published!