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Zim & Zou Build Replica Game Boys And Walkmen, Out Of Paper

The colorful sculptures perfectly encapsulate the trends toward ’80s nostalgia and papercraft.

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At Co.Design, we devote a fair amount of space to technological breakthroughs. With innovation seemingly outpacing our ability to write about it, it’s easy to forget where we stood just a few years ago, with our film cameras and cassette players. The elaborately constructed paper replicas of outmoded gadgets, by the French duo Zim & Zou, bring it all back in vibrant colors.

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Thibault Zimmerman (Zim) and Lucie Thomas (Zou) spent almost a year painstakingly building the eight-piece “Back to Basics” series, which includes a Polaroid camera, an old Leica, a Walkman (with cassette), and a Nintendo game control. “We decided to use a paper process to transform an industrial object into a handmade craft,” Zimmerman tells Co.Design. “The fact that the objects are not working places the user in a spectator position, a way to see the object out of its function.”

The project is clearly inspired by ?80s nostalgia, but it’s also a reminder that even the most cutting-edge pieces of technology will soon become quaint relics.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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