Some people collect trading cards. Some collect old coins; 50ps with rare patterns, worth more than their original value. Product designer Staf Schmool collects rare, unusual objects which belong to an earlier time. The fascinating element of the project, fittingly titled ‘Queer Tools’, is the story behind the item’s acquisition, as much as the item itself.
Along with the photographs of the items, Schmool describes different and separate journeys of how each thing found its way into his hands. The acquisition of the glove (above), for example, was arbitrary and unplanned, Schmool discovering its use only after purchasing it. The orange plastic winder/grinder (below), he describes as a cross between a torture weapon and a kid’s toy.
To find out more about Schmool, and for a taste of the other peculiar objects that have been in his collection, see the piece in our latest issue, Real Life and Role Play: Staf’s Stash. They get stranger.
To see Schmool’s current archive, click here.
Photographer: Nigel Haynes