GLIDE is a concept project designed for an international design exhibition in Taiwan. The theme for the gallery was to interpret the word ‘invisible’ into an innovative, meaningful or beautiful object.
I approached the word ‘invisible’ as something that described a product that leaves the smallest possible ecological footprint in its lifetime. To me, applying ‘invisible’ to an everyday product meant redesigning a complex, wasteful or redundant object into something iconic, intuitive and everlasting.
By its namesake, the ‘iron’ was historically designed a single solid piece of metal, heated in front of a fire and reheated when needed.. This modern translation of that original design visualizes the iron instead, as a solid piece of glass that is heated in a microwave. A simple liquid thermometer allows the user to gauge the heat level against the amount of time it is heated prior to each use.
In this way, Glide shows that it has potential to become more efficient, ecologically friendly, ergonomic and beautiful - while leaving the smallest mark globally in its use or manufacture.
Poetically, Glide being made from Pyrex lends also itself to the concept of invisibility, and the idea that an iron removes creases from clothing (making them ‘invisible’) adds to the metaphor.