Most product designers are on a never-ending mission to create things that are easier, faster, and more functional—or as the saying goes, to build a better mousetrap. Designer and architect Katerina Kamprani takes a different approach. For her ongoing project, the Uncomfortable, Kamprani redesigns everyday items and makes them more difficult to use. The pieces, which range from a concrete umbrella to a chain-handled fork, offer an inventive and often humorous take on objects whose utility we’ve come to take for granted. The project was sparked while she was in a postgraduate course in design and interactive studies. “I learned a lot about the term user experience, which refers to the overall experience of a person using a product, especially in terms of how easy or pleasing it is to use,” Kamprani says. “This inspired me to do exactly the opposite. I just thought it was funny to think in an unconventional way and I was amazed by how difficult it was to deconstruct everyday objects in my mind!” AD spoke with Kamprani about her process, favorite designs, and the one object she’s still trying to make uncomfortable.