Dodo Lab is a research project set up by Michaela Robinson and Karen Smart that experiments with different ways of regenerating old and unwanted pieces of furniture anew. In a series they dub simply as “Prototype”, each piece comes with a QR (Quick Response) Code that unites the Prototype’s past and present. By scanning the barcode with a smartphone, information about its former life is unlocked, adding a unique human history to the once neglected object, making it valuable and special once more. The Prototypes can only be bought by swapping services or by doing a good deed, much like designers helping each other within their working environment, therefore the only currency used is the swap or deed itself. Each prototype also comes with a product tag that has instructions on the back explaining how the new owner can contribute to its ongoing narrative by generating a QR Code of their own.
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