Working with materials and product design in a manner that allows for material separation once the product is discarded or in need of repair.
Design for Disassembly can ease and support re-use of materials.
Design for Disassembly may challenge the intended design expression and/or economic considerations.
- The soles of the Repair-it-yourself shoes by Eugenia Morpugo are mechanically fastened, meaning that the user can replace them easily when they wear out.
- Design that makes it easy for the user to disassemble the product and replace the exact broken part, such as the Fairphone.
- Design that makes it easy to understand how it is built and how it could be disassembled, as seen in TAKT‘s furniture range.
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Forst (2020). Disassembly Discussed: Creative Textile Sampling as a Driver for Innovation in the Circular Economy. Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, 8(2), 172-192.
Vezzoli & Manzini (2008). Design for Environmental Sustainability, Chapter 9: Facilitating Disassembly. Springer.