ICFF 2008 preview: containership powersupply by giffin'termeer ICFF 2008 preview: containership powersupply by giffin'termeer
may 13, 2008

ICFF 2008 preview: containership powersupply by giffin'termeer

‘containership powersupply’ by giffin’termeer, produced by kikkerland (size: 400mm x 70mm x 85mm)

jim of giffin’termeer has just sent us new images of their ‘containership powersupply’. designed in 2006, the ‘containership powersupply’ is now being produced by kikkerland who will present it at their booth (#1862) during this year’s ICFF.

‘the piece is designed to accommodate the many power adapters cluttering our living space, this ship powers our

electronic devices with their cords in its wake. by doing this, it makes apparent the infrastructure behind all those
power cords.

‘containership powersupply’ by giffin’termeer, produced by kikkerland

most electronic devices in use everyday are manufactured in a single province in china and are delivered to us
by containership. what people often do not realize is the extreme scale of the infrastructure needed when a single
geographic area becomes a primary manufacturing source; even for things that most people see as insignificant.
the largest of these ships hold up to 12,000 40ft containers and are too massive for the panama canal.
they frequently return to china empty- the need to ship goods from china can be greater than the expense to load
them for the return trip. what we’re interested in as designers is to make apparent this infrastructure that the
market tries to conceal.

this product will most likely be manufactured somewhere outside of shanghai, then probably moved by truck over
the donghai bridge to the yangshan deep water port, and placed on a containership bound for the USA.
I simply took the vessel which carries it across the ocean and shrunk it to be the object itself.’ – jim termeer

designer’s website: http://www.giffintermeer.com
manufacturer’s website: http://www.kikkerland.com
ICFF website: http://www.icff.com

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