This is an innovative 2 in 1 extendable duster with a removable handheld duster that is integrated within the unit. The cloth end of the product can be removed like a bayonet to transform into a handheld duster.
The extendable duster features a pivoting head that can ratchet 270 degrees to ensure every angle is covered.
The handheld duster is a stand alone unit, however, it is integrated into the extendable version as well.
All of the products within the market had handles that were blow molded from flimsy plastic, or shelled with thin plastic ribs on the bottom which impacted ergonomics. I wanted to create a full round handle that was wasn't hollow on the bottom, while maintaining cost. I found inspiration in organic and architectural elements because their forms were structural yet open which meant we could use less plastic to save cost, and still maintain structure.
Sketch ideation led to several concepts where I had created cut outs on the side of the handle. Instead of shelling the bottom and adding ribs for support, I incorporated the ribs on the side as an aesthetic within the design itself. These cut outs reduced plastic to meet cost goals and maintained the ability to keep a full round handle for increased ergonomics and quality.
I created mock up prototypes of the final design that were outfitted with approved microfiber cloths.
Production sample of the handheld microfiber duster.
Production sample of the extendable microfiber duster with handheld duster attachment on the front of the product.