gumption design: afro collection
gumption design: afro collection
jul 09, 2010

gumption design: afro collection

thailand-based gumption design presented their ‘afro’ collection as part of designboom’s ‘asia now‘ exhibition at dwell on design in los angeles.

‘afro’ brush

a brush with a 70s afro look. the handle of the brush is in the form of a cool ‘hippy’ with a colourful bush of hair – the brush.

gumption design: afro collection toilet brushes disguised as brightly colored ‘afros’

gumption design: afro collection ‘afro’ brushes

gumption design: afro collection ‘afro’ cushions on display at ‘asia now’ in los angeles image © designboom

the ‘afro’ series also includes a collection of brightly colored cushions, floor mats, mouse pads, toilet brushes, cd holders and coaster.

gumption design: afro collection ‘afro’ brushes shown at ‘asia now’ image © designboom

gumption design: afro collection presentation of gumption design at ‘asia now’ image © designboom

gumption design: afro collection thailand section of the ‘asia now’ show image © designboom

gumption design: afro collection detail of the thailand panel showing the work of gumption design image © designboom

  • this black person brush….turning him upside down and using his hair to scrub out a toilet bowl is a terrible thing. its not unlike all that racist crap…watermelon eating pickininnies, and dancing white men in black face. lawn jockies…..mammys, as maids, and all that other 1930s and before shit.

    This is not about hair styles..its about black people, toilet bowls, and shit!!!!

    beau lee james
  • The afro hair style originally was a symbol of CIVIL RIGHTS, and Black Self awareness. Previously black women would where wigs and try to fit in . The afro came to symbolize “I am black and proud” and also free of the constraints of the segregation era.

    It became known as the “natural”l hairstyle…and women gladly stopped perming, straightening their hair. It became a fashion statement, and white people started copying it too.

    The symbolism of natural African American hair is still a controversial and powerful one…there are entire blogs and magazine articles about going “natural” or trying to “be ‘white” by straightening one’s hair.

    Creating a toilet bowl scrub brush using this symbol is just so wrong. Maybe its a generational thing but its Not retro, and certainly NOT “groovy.” Maybe you should go back and read the history when this look was going on. I lived it.

    urban woodswalker
  • Yes, I guess the water drips down.
    It would need the usual container, maybe made of transparent plastic. The problem is that the guy would be upside down.

  • the designer himself has afro hair, where is the racist aspect?

    a friend of gumption
  • alessi produces [url=] mr.suicide [/url] and nobody is that shocked!
    these toilets brush ARE FUN.

  • well, i think that these are really fun!

  • This would be considered racist by some.

    M.A. Enriquez
  • So, you get a plastic human, hold him upside down and scrap your poo left overs with him.

    Jeez, who thought of that?

  • doesn’t the water drips down on the floor after using it

  • Oh man, this would never fly in America.


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