Design to Save the World: MoMA Acquires a Roving Landmine Detonator by Massoud Hassani

Mine Kafon | Callum Cooper from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

Landmines are very expensive reminders of sometimes long-resolved conflicts. In addition to the 15,000 to 20,000 lives they take annually, each costs between $300 to $1,000 to safely deactivate and remove. But that’s where the power of innovative design comes in. The Mine Kafon, a Kickstarter project by Eindhoven-based designer Massoud Hassani, is a wind-powered invention that could wipe out up to four landmines during its life for the low, low cost of €40.

The Eindhoven Design Academy graduate who came to the Netherlands as a child refugee was inspired by the toys of his youth — simple devices that raced across the desert, rolled by the wind. In a stroke of brilliant adaptive reuse, Hassani reinvented those principles using bamboo rods and reused plastic lids, which, with the proper funding, will rove large tracts of land, detonating whatever it may come across. Thanks to its resilient design, it can explode, shed just a few legs, and keep rolling.

Acquired by MoMA last June, the Mine Kafon is scheduled to go on exhibition in the architecture and design galleries in March. As an added bonus, Hassani is offering Kickstarter benefactors of £165 ($268) or more a Mine Kafon Lamp, very ingeniously crafted from one of the detonator’s feet. Give the guy a lid, he’ll save a life and make you a lamp. Amazing. There are only two weeks left in the campaign, so get donating. [Kickstarter via Designboom]

— Janelle Zara