Together with Nik we made a prototype and then step by step looked for engineering soloutions to reduce the number of parts and ease the assembly process of the product. Whilst all the time trying not to lose the charm and industrial aesthetic of Nik’s original piece we managed to remove all of the welded joints, that had been used in 10 – 15 places and reduce the number of parts by over 30%.
We were ready to show Fingers at 100% Design, during the London Design Festival in September 2009. Our press release info was short and to the point:
“Fingers by Nik Ramage are an eternally tapping mechanical copy of the artist’s own hand. At the flick of a switch the resin cast fingers drum rhythmically, until switched off.”
It was an overnight success, a video of the product received more than 55,000 views on You Tube in just one night.