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The New Dyson Supersonic™ 23.75 Karat Gold Hair Dryer

The New Dyson Supersonic™ 23.75 Karat Gold Hair Dryer

09.21.18

Designed by James Dyson, this hair dryer is gold leafed using a traditional hand-gilding method and is the first of its kind. Every cap is hand gilt in 23.75k gold.

Developing superior technology is at the heart of what Dyson does. This includes the materials they use and how they construct their machines. James challenged Dyson engineers to find a way to apply gold leaf to the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer.

James Dyson says, “Gold is one of the most resilient materials in the world and has been used in design, sculpture and architecture for centuries. As an element, I’m fascinated by its properties. Like the engineering process we pride ourselves on, gilding is a true example of meticulous craftsmanship.”

THE PROCESS

The art of gilding has been in practice for thousands of years. Thin leaves and foils of precious metals are applied to a surface, giving it the appearance of solid or inlaid metal. The technique used to apply gold has changed little since its beginnings.

Dyson design engineers and model makers first learned the skills for gilding under a master guilder, learning the process and technique to gild. Once learnt, the design and engineering team sought how to scale the process, making it more repeatable and perfecting the surface finish specifically for this application.  Exploring industrial processes, the team quickly learned the process could be aided by technology but ultimately a craftsman’s hand skills remained paramount.  At approximately 333 atoms thick, 1/666th the diameter of human hair, each layer of gold leaf must be applied by hand.

Beneath the gold leaf is a red loop which honours the traditional method of gilding. Dyson matched the red found on artwork, sculptures and other artefacts where gold leaf is applied. Like other gold-leafed pieces, the red loop on the product will reveal some of its colour over time, giving each gold-leafed hair dryer a distinctive and unique patina.

During development, Dyson engineers rigged a robotic paint arm to carefully apply an adhesive called ‘size’ onto the surface of the red loop. The robotic arm ensured the adhesive was repeatedly applied the same each time, ensuring a perfect unblemished finish.

Once sprayed, two layers of 23.75k gold leaf from Florence, Italy, is applied by hand and carefully brushed to form a smooth and even finish. Take a look at the video below.

 

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