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5 epic flops to see at the Museum of Failure exhibit

By in Press Enterprise on December 4, 2017

By Sandra Barrera

Samuel West was fed up with success stories.

Knowing there is much to be learned from defeat, West, a Sweden-based clinical psychologist who specializes in innovation in the workplace, set out to collect some of the most epic blunders of all time.

And the Museum of Failure was born.

The pop-up museum, which launched in Sweden to sold-out crowds, kicks off its first U.S. tour at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles through Feb. 4. It includes more than 100 questionable inventions, including several homegrown products.

“These are funny and stupid things,” said West, curator of the traveling exhibition. “Obviously, we can laugh at them, but I want people to leave not being so fearful of (expective) up.”

  • Many questionable inventions can be seen at the Museum of Failure, a shrine to some of the biggest flops by some of the world’s best-known companies. Los Angeles, CA 12/1/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Itera bicycle was made from plastic back in 1982, by some engineers who worked for Volvo. The handle bars would break, and the frame would crack. And on a really hot day, the frame might just melt and become warped. The Itera bicycle and many other questionable inventions can be seen at the Museum of Failure, a shrine to some of the biggest flops by some of the world's best-known companies. Los Angeles, CA 12/1/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Itera bicycle was made from plastic back in 1982, by some engineers who worked for Volvo. The handle bars would break, and the frame would crack. And on a really hot day, the frame might just melt and become warped. The Itera bicycle and many other questionable inventions can be seen at […]    

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