Museum of skeuomopism



As a result of new technology, legislating and discoveries in science, the objects around us are changing. Some have become totally obsolete and others are being replaced with an improved version. Often this change concerns not the entire product, but just one of its design features which function is no longer required. Most of these features disappear from the design, but some manage to survive as they have surpassed their mere functional origin. They have gained a cultural value within the design.

When a feature within a design is still present, even though its function has become obsolete, it is called a skeuomorph.


This exhibiting shows a collection of objects that are related to the topic of skeuomorphism. Some items are already skeuomorphic, others are in the process of becoming one. Some are speculative items that could be the skeuomorphs of the future. The items in this collection show the different design approaches towards skeuomorphism. How can designers design in an authentic way, in regard to the products functional origin? An option could be erasing the feature from the design, but this would mean neglecting the cultural value it has gained. Also, designers could keep it the same way it has always been, faking a function it no longer has. A different approach that is often chosen, is designing this once functional object as an obvious ornamental feature. This approach allows the object

to mutate further on this status, but distances the object to a point that this functional origin will become lost to us. The link between the current design, and the original function disappears. Would this mutation in fact be the most natural and authentic way for these design features to develop, or should designers strive for holding on to the origin?