The bathroom plunger is not a popular object in the design world. Whether this is due to the bathroom environment, or its not-so-glamorous function, the plunger is often found hidden behind the toilet or in a cupboard. Formally though, the plunger is actually quite elegant, and the combination of a curved rubber cup and a straight wooden dowel is perhaps the simplest tool found in the everyday household. Two materials, two formal elements, one crucial function.
With this plunger series, I chose to stay within the boundaries of what makes up the common plunger: two materials, one simple threaded connection. By appropriating details from outside of the bathroom context, my goal was to create a dialogue between the plunger and more commonly desirable household objects. Using traditional turned spindle details places the plunger within the realm of furniture. While repurposing a cane handle, in its initial humor and novelty, actually responds to the hand and how a plunger is used more appropriately than a simple dowel.
Through the process of making, it became important to me that both formal explorations don't exceed the manufacturing complexity of a common plunger.