Revolutionize Laundry Hampers by William Gold

Pop Up Hampers are among the most popular of all Laundry Hampers because they are probably the most useful kinds around. After all, who hasn’t wished for an extra pair of arms when handling laundry? With pop up hampers, all you have to do is, usually, step on a lever that will pop the hamper lid open for you, allowing you to easily dump everything in one action. With typical laundry hampers, it will likely take you longer to offload all that there is.
Hampers come in a very wide variety of shapes and sizes, but pop up hampers tend to look fairly alike, maybe owing to their similar operation. After all, there are only so many ways to construct the mechanism which provides for the pop up action, and these particular kinds of laundry hampers are very simple objects, in the final analysis. Thus it seems that there’s been no great public demand for much ingenuity in the variety of pop ups available for sale. Indeed, the overall class of laundry baskets in general seems to exhibit rather poor variation, with a handful of basic shapes in a smattering of typical sizes – and that’s it. The situation is unlikely to change unless people take their style of laundering more seriously!
Okay, that’s a funny (even crazy) thought, but hey, why not? Think about it: everything else has been made into an objet d’art – why not ye olde humble laundry hamper? Yes, think about it, designer laundry hampers! Premium upscale high laundering – haute blanchisserie!
No, really, it would be the final frontier in fashionable furniture design. After all, they have lavish golden toilets with precious gems and fine glass, so why not something to match in the form of a rich and decadent clothes hamper. After all, don’t the wealthy need some place for their dirty laundry? Oh, right, they do their laundering through foreign banks.
It’s time for a laundry hamper makeover! Or, to keep with the terminology of our age of advanced technology, an upgrade is in order for the old-fashioned hamper, pop up or not. After all, there are talking toilets with on-board computer chips and built-in electronic sensors. Why not something similar for our humble hampers?
Okay, so this is not Japan, where gadgets and gizmos are popularly embraced. And the rich don’t care about designer hampers because they don’t actually have to do any laundry (many never wear the same clothes twice – and that’s a fact, Jack!). But it’s a great idea for some ambitious young designer just out of art school to make his or her name. After all, who’d have ever thought that repeating Campbell Soup cans on a canvas could be considered art?

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