In his own words, Kevin Twomey talks vacuums, helmets and star dust

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Kevin Twomey was recently inspired by something we all have in our homes but probably don’t use as much as we should!   Here is what he had to say about it.

“Sometimes design does transcend actual function of a product.   Or at least enough for me rationalize to procrastinating!    Recently, in the design of my Dirt  Devil© vacuum I saw a face, a mask, and a helmet– which brought to mind the Naval Air Squadron in CA with the nickname “Dust Devils”.

And I thought, what better way to tie into both the pilot’s helmet and the vacuum than to create a background of dust?  So in a bit of counterintuitive inspiration that rendered my weekly cleaning chores ineffective, I dumped out everything that was inside the vacuum onto my table.

Looking at the dusty cloud drifting up from this pile, I remembered some trivia I’d read about the major component of house dust being our own dead skin cells…

I was thinking that Joni Mitchell’s line in her song, Woodstock, has some relevance here.

“We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden”

What do you think?

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