Some fantastic “outside the box” thinking here from product design studio Merel Karhof. I mean, it’s not something I’ve ever thought about, or even mused that it could possibly solve day to day problems, but as designs go you have to admit it’s rather impressive. I give you the Wind Knitting Factory.
Using the power of the wind, a knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of a building. The knitted material is ‘harvested’ from time to time and rounded-off into individually packaged scarves. Each scarf then has its own unique label which tells you in how much time it has been knitted and on which date. A rather neat take on bespoke tailoring, of sorts.
The machine has great aesthetic appeal too, the exposed mechanics offer a raw and industrial feel while watching it in motion demonstrates a smooth running and gentle reminder as to the oh so practical outcome.
Forget receiving a new knitted scarf from grandparents, creating bespoke weather-related apparel in real time is now what you should be expecting. The real beauty is that the colder and more blustery a day it is, the sooner you’ll get your scarf as the wind propels the machine into overdrive.
It’s also a completely sustainable production method, being as it is wind powered, which is something that consumers are increasingly looking for. Yes, it may not be ideal if you’re after an immediate fashion fix, but with a bit of planning (and assistance from the weather forecaster) you could grab yourself a fantastic winter accessory.
There’s a rather cool, and somewhat mesmerising, video of the machine in action here.
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