Edgy Bunnies and Sweet Dreams Security Matt 22 Dec 2005

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Bunny FenceBunnies, butterflies, hearts, and teddy bears aren’t usually what you think of when it comes to security. But that’s what you get with Sweet Dreams Security items. SDS takes usually harsh products (e.g. razor wire, fences, padlocks, etc.) and combines them with playful imagery to give them a softer edge. Design Museum interviews Product Designer Matthias Megyeri about the unusual combination.

I was never really interested in security products as objects. And I certainly don’t design them because I like them. But I was struck by their visual presence in everyday London life. I believe designers should offer solutions to real contemporary problems and needs. And with my background in visual communication, I consciously decided to use my skills to change the visual language of security products from depressing to seriously humorous.

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JF 22 Dec 05

Love it. What a great design solution.

SH 22 Dec 05

That razor wire is amazing. So clever.

Silus Grok 22 Dec 05

I like the concept, but wonder whether items such as the teddy-bear pad lock will invite mischief. We know that material informs how people will interact with an object (glass invites breaking, wood tends to invite tagging, and metal is the least-vandalized), so I’d be interested to see statistics on likelihood of attempted/realized break-ins of teddy-paddlocked v standard padlocked doors.

Marijn van Aerle 22 Dec 05

Reminds me of a design solution I recently saw at the dutch design week which was being held here in town. The image speaks for itself: http://www.demakersvan.com/work10.jpg

Jonny Roader 23 Dec 05

I find it a bit creepy to be honest.

Darrel 23 Dec 05

Cute and cuddly impalement devices seems to be abit of an oxymoron, but that’s part of the appeal (and forumula for a lot of modern art), I suppose.

8500 23 Dec 05

“Material informs how people will interact with an object”

Exactly. These are fun art objects but are inferior to the standard devices when considering their primary function.

Like a hulking bodyguard is better than a small thin one, even if the smaller one can beat the pulp out of anyone who harassess you. The big one will deter more and therefore result in less incidents overall.

Deterence is the key.

Anonymous Coward 23 Dec 05

I think this is a bad idea… As 8500 above me said “deterrence is the key”; if people stop associating these objects as something to be wary about and start accepting them as nice, cute things, there will be an increase in number of accidents where people (especially children) will try to “interact” with the cute objects…

If you want people to stay out, then put up a razor wire that looks like one…

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