Products That Last

Conny Bakker, Marcel den Hollander


Products that Last starts where most books on product development end. This new edition (first self-published by the TU Delft in 2014) contains new examples and insights from recent publications. From the perspective of designers and entrepreneurs, once a product has been designed, produced and sold, it disappears beyond the newness horizon. They are little aware of the opportunities that exist in the next product universe, where money is made from products in use, as well as from a product’s afterlife. These opportunities clearly exist, otherwise they would not be providing an income for so many people. However, to be recognized as segments of a circle of continuous value creation, they need reframing.

The book offers readers an innovative and practical methodology to unravel a product’s afterlife and systematically evaluate it for new opportunities. It introduces business models that enable us to benefit from the opportunities offered by a much longer product life. Products that Last changes the way designers and entrepreneurs develop and exploit goods, helping reduce material and energy consumption over time. Nothing more, nothing less.

Creator Bio

Dr. Conny Bakker is associate professor at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. She coordinates and teaches several courses in Sustainable Design and Circular Product Design.
Marcel den Hollander is a Senior Researcher and PhD researcher at TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering. He is mainly focussed on Product Design & Business Models for the Circular Economy.

Price £29.99
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 3 June 2019
Pages 112
Height 255mm
Width 200mm
Rights World
ISBN-13 9789063695224