prototypes of absurd inventions by patrick strattner prototypes of absurd inventions by patrick strattner
sep 25, 2013

prototypes of absurd inventions by patrick strattner

prototypes of absurd inventions by patrick strattner
automatic upper and lower full mouth tooth brush
all images courtesy of patrick strattner




german photographer patrick strattner fantasizes about ways to make everyday life easier and a little more enjoyable in ‘prototypes’. the series of images depict smart, full-scale constructions of abstracted objects, made up of various gadgets and devices. their humorous approach lend whimsy to mundane tasks, like brushing both the tops and bottoms of your teeth, carrying groceries, and drying out soggy arm-pit stains on t-shirts. strattners’s creative process includes conceptualizing the idea for the quirky object, planning out its execution and construction, and finally photographing it. the absurd inventions explore the idea of a product-driven society, and encourage the audience to fantasize about the playfulness in the seemingly ordinary.



three wheeled foot propelled bristle sweeper



portable sweaty armpit t-shirt dryer



hovering grocery shopping assistant with leather hand lead


zippered outer apparel with attachable velcro accessories



battery operated back hair 2in1 shaving and grooming system



 nighttime shades with automatic dimming headlights



  • I love these. Patric Strattner should submit these to the International Chindogu Socyity.

    Ben Salthouse says:
  • I love these. Patric Strattner should submit these to the International Chindogu Society.

    Ben Salthouse says:
  • i don’t care if its absurd, i just want that toothbrush!

    chaitanyak says:
  • Thank you thank you thank you. This is great fun. A Brilliant play on all of the published ‘ideas’ such as the ‘tent in the tennis shoes’ and more ‘sustainable’ anything.

    Ron Smith says:
  • awesome!

    doni says:

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