The creative minds at XYZ Integrated Architecture just unveiled a series of dumbbells and barbells made from books. Their Knowledge is Power project challenges conventional ideas of strength and power with gym gear artfully laden with books instead of traditional weights. Why not balance out the work we may do on our bodies with the potential growth we could achieve with our minds?
XYZ refers to the collection as being an example of “semi-cooked design” – part DIY, part upcycling, following a blueprint just like a cook in the kitchen. What’s especially engaging about this approach is that anyone with the time and the imagination can create their own collection from found items. The architect’s website includes cheeky directions for making your own set of book-bells, providing the “ingredients” and “recipe” for your customizable centerpieces.
In this day and age, sitting down with a good book has somehow become challenging. The uprising of technology – and having all the information you will ever need one finger swipe away – may have diminished the allure of a nice page-turner. This collection suggests the fight against hunkering down with a good read is similar to a work out and may demand similar dedication and effort. But, as we know, the emotional rewards of exercise are well worth it. So let’s not forget to keep our brain and imagination in shape.
Images via Daro Sulakauri