Inspired by a strange desire to create and design a collection of products for ‘all the wrong reasons’, product designer Katerina Kamprani has essentially created a collection of almost usable yet absolutely-not-usable product designs that bring to mind the popular Most Useless Machine Ever.

Perhaps the ongoing collection is a purpose-related inside joke related to her own career path that she describes on her website as:

Katerina used to dream of becoming a director while studying architecture.
Then, she dreamt of becoming an animator while studying industrial design.
Now she is working as an architect and 3d modeler based in Athens, makes websites for friends and colleagues, and gives 3dsmax lessons.

…and dreams of becoming a designer.

Either way, this group of products are aimed at making you uncomfortable by using the semiotics of the original ‘useful‘ item to play with your brain. Perhaps they also give us an important lesson (and appreciation?) in how vital basic anthropometry and function-based purposes really are to otherwise seemingly simple designs.

Here’s some of our favorites:

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You can check out the rest of Katerina’s portfolio over at KKStudio.gr.

Author

Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.