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With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Evolution in the Bathroom

Evolution in the Bathroom

I have been conducting some attempts to backtrack the evolution of Gillette shaving razors appearing in my bathroom. Whereas older shavers were simple sticks with a blade on top, the recent models appear like fully accessorized Ferrari’s. I and my colleagues believe wet and electric shaving are developing itself towards a common evolutionary optimum, possibly closely related to vacuum cleaner design.

Unfortunately our collection still has some ‘missing links’ and furthermore, there are serious scientific doubts about the second razor from the left, which is believed to belong to a different sub-species. If you happen to have a razor in your bathroom you believe to be this missing link, we would highly appreciate it if you send it to us for investigation.

Mail your ‘missing link’ razor to:

Next Nature Research
t.a.v. Koert van Mensvoort MSc MFA
Eindhoven University of Technology, Industrial Design Department
PO Box 513
5600 MB EINDHOVEN
Netherlands

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  1. Adina

    Longer handle over time reflective of larger/taller humans over time?

  2. > Longer handle over time reflective of larger/taller humans over time?

    Or better product placement in the shops?

  3. max houston

    I can’t remember what I started with, but I swtiched to the Gillette Sensor around 1990, but never really saw the point to “upgrade” to any other model. Why pay more for blades, the Sensor works pretty good. A couple years ago, I switched to a Classic Safety Razor and haven’t touched a plastic cartridge since. I get a closer shave and the blades I buy cost a fraction of the cost of the plastic cartridge blades.

    here’s a nice review of classic shaving from a founder of Wired Magazine:
    http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/000979.php

  4. Real men shave themselves with a stone.

  5. =A=

    If men weren’t so eager to shape the world and themselves in it, we’d all grow beards now, wouldn’t we?! Facial hair is a metaphor for that. But are men worse than women in this perspective? The only way to find out is to not shave again and see how people change and if/how mentality changes.
    Makes me wonder what women would look like without the shaving industry…
    ehrrr… on second thought, I take that back :-D

  6. Hey Arnoud, I believe the non shaving experiment you propose is already carried out…. by the Taliban. According to them, real men have a beard the size of at least one fist.

  7. =A=

    Ah yes, but you forgot to mention the Amish in North America or orthodox jews in Israel… So what can we learn from that?

  8. Guys, forget about Taliban or Amish. Today, I just glipsed into shaving future: http://www.shaveeverywhere.com/

  9. =A=

    LOL That music video is just … nuts! :-P
    I would love to see a parody of this one with one of the beardy guys…

  10. Shaving in 2020? ;-)

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  12. We have found the missing link in shaving evolution. Stop sending your razors. Thank you.

  13. I have been trying to locate the original Gillett Trac 11, but can’t seem to find them. Are they discontinued?

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