Kirei, meaning “clean” and/or “beautiful” in Japanese, is a dustpan designed to highlight the potential for beauty in everyday objects.Many associate dustpans with dirt, grime, and disposability. Kirei challenges this low value of regular dustpans in society, and questions the standard, usually plastic form of the appliance. The natural materials used create a calming effect and as a result, the user inherently keeps it close to them.
—Timber, clear acrylic, various live fronds: Myrica Pensylvanica, Cycad Australian, Elaeocarpus Grandis, Ponderosa Pine
Drawing inspiration from a pot plant, Kirei utilises a minimal aesthetic to create a calming effect on the user. As a result of the neutral colour palette, the object is friendly and does not obstruct the workspace. The organic ergonomically designed form of the handle is welcoming and comfortable to hold, but more importantly represents the beautiful irregularities in nature. In the hope of making the dustpan more valued, Kirei uses the concept of growth and gradual decay with the user witnessing the entire lifespan of the plant. Playing on nature’s beauty through the replication of organic forms and live vegetation, we have successfully brought the dustpan out of the cupboard and onto the personal study desk.
The plant acts as the bristles of the dustbrush whilst the clear "pot" acts as the dustpan. Different plants inserted in the timber handle would serve different cleaning purposes due to their varying leaf lengths, hardnesses and thicknesses.
Kirei was displayed at the Globus Exhibition in the Living Mall.
—This product was created collaboratively with Roya Haideri, Yoonsun Choi and Ying He