The reinvention of the ready-made

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In this paper the history of a particular type of product design is analyzed, compared and structured. The analyzed products are all of the type where existing objects are used or even incorporated into the design. This principle is known in the art world as the ready-made. In this research transformational- and composed ready-mades and several variations are described. The design principle of using existing objects in designs is then compared with the relation between novelty and typicality as predictors of aesthetic preference, as researched by Hekkert et al. From there it is argued that the readymade principle could possibly contribute to designing pleasurable products because the resulting objects incorporate both novelty and typicality in their presence
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Design and Emotion Conference 2010
EditorsJ. Gregory, K. Sato, P. Desmet
Place of PublicationChicago, IL
PublisherIIT Institute of Design
ISBN (Print)9780615406664
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2010
Event7th International Conference on Design & Emotion, D&E 2010 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 4 Oct 20107 Oct 2010
Conference number: 7


Conference7th International Conference on Design & Emotion, D&E 2010
Abbreviated titleD&E
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Typicality
  • Unruly design
  • Ready-made
  • Novelty
  • Design history


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