“Spike Away” is the ingenious creation by industrial designer Siew Ming Cheng made during a workshop given by the award winning furniture designer Werner Aisslinger at the National University of Singapore. Students in the workshop were to come up with a problem for which they could hack a solution using ordinary objects, no matter how strange the results, per the art of Chindogu. In this case, it was how to protect one’s personal space on the crowded subway.
A quick brainstorming leads to a everyday situation. Trains are usually crowded during peak hours. Everybody will push each other to try and get onto the train. How can I protect my personal space? The idea was then conceived. “What if I wear a vest that is full of spikes?”
The vest is made of a lattice of flexible spiky plastic material tied together with cable ties. It’s the perfect accessory to warn people that you’re feeling a little prickly.
images via Siew Ming Cheng