Photos of disassembled household appliances

Flickr user Brittnybadger has a drop-dead gorgeous set of disassembled household appliances, saying, "this was my senior thesis project at the hartford art school this past year...i took apart used cooking/cleaning appliances, and arranged their interior parts very systematically on a white sheet of bristol board. my intention was to explore the hidden "brains" of these appliances; allowing us to view these everyday objects from a new perspective." disassembled household appliances (via Kottke)


  1. These are quite charming. They remind me of the H. O. Studley tool chest. I can imagine each piece in its own niche of a finely crafted case.

    But that’s another art project…

  2. Very nice compositions.

    The first thing I thought of, even before seeing the images, was “this person’s senior thesis is exactly what meth addicts like to do for kicks”–take machinery apart and meticulously arrange the parts.

    This behavior is mocked in one of the many, many meth stereotype jokes crammed into a recent SNL skit called “Good Morning Meth”, a faux-talk show about “the meth lifestyle”.

  3. These are lovely photographs. My first thought was that they would make for an interesting and educational children’s book. Then I saw the meth video. I had to stop watching it before they showed them disassembling machines. It was just too frightening. So sad this meth thing.

    But… the lighting, clarity and arrangement of the machines is so nice.

  4. Odd.

    The July/August 2008 issue of ‘Dwell’ magazine features an artist, Stuart Haygarth, who does virtually the exact same layouts as Brittnybadger — except with found objects.

    And in 1997, ING Bank did a TV campaign with a boy who does the very same composition as seen here; this time the ad shows the kid laying out a dis-assembled stereo with meticulously arranged pieces.

    None of this artwork is any more exciting or different than the prep to build a Grimshiln
    (my made-up word for a shelf from Ikea).

  5. Thank you, Anonymous in #4. May I return the favor? This clip contains a sequence of symbolic awesomeness – a pyre of living televisions.

  6. That’s funny, I did my senior thesis on radical anti-capitalizationism.

    In venues other than Boing!, where I fear getting the evil eye, I have been doing an in-depth study on anti-capitalizationism and its effects on the aesthetics of my text.

  7. I just can’t help imagining all these parts covered in a thick layer of dust and goo. Just the way they look when I take apart MY old appliances.

  8. Resembles a lot of my household appliances after my boyfriend has had a go at “fixing” them :)

  9. reminds me of the Things I Keep in My Pockets thread from Flickr, where people lay out their pocket contents like this and sub the pic.

    Strangely compulsive veiwing.

  10. Buddy66,
    Based on the quote from the photographer, I would have to guess that he/she flat out refuses to use CAPITAL letters in his/her writing. Or maybe the shift key is just broken, or it’s an homage to e.e. cummings.

  11. Hey! I was at your senior show. I was there to see another student’s project, but I was easily amused and impressed by yours. I spent a lot of time attempting to recognize the machine without looking at the title of the piece.

    Good to see you’re getting some exposure.

  12. #17 trr,

    Oh, yeah, uh, duh.

    C.P. Snow was wrong: There aren’t two cultures, there are three; he forgot Gadgets.

  13. Sort of reminds me of the movie, Our Man in Havannah, in which Alec Guiness plays a spy who photographs vacuum cleaner parts, claiming they are Russian RADAR components.


  14. Sort of like the sequel, Our Man In Savannah, where he takes pics of pecan nuts, passing them off as hand grenades. : )

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