The Toaster Project
Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch
NPR stories about The Toaster Project
Easily my favorite book this year, The Toaster Project should be required reading for artists, designers, consumers and anyone who has ever bought or thrown away a toaster. Thomas Thwaites, a graduate student at London's Royal College of Art, sets out to build a toaster from scratch — not just an object that toasts bread, but one that aesthetically and mechanically replicates the ubiquitous $6 drugstore toaster.
After dissecting a live toaster to uncover its 400 separate