Deconstructing a phone: knolling is fun!

Heemaf 1955 W Knolled
Heemaf 1955 W Knolled

Heemaf 1955 W Knolled
Heemaf 1955 W Knolled

This is a Heemaf 1955 wall phone. I took it apart to clean it. It is a restoration project for a client. I sent him this picture as a status report.
It was fun making this picture. Also an inspiration to make even better ones, if I can find the time.

I have made such pitures before, but this is the best one yet. Others have dome much nicer ones, although this one turned out quite well I thing.
I did not go for the perfect picture as it was merely a status report, not an Art project.

A couple of months ago I found out there is actually a word for making these arrangements. It is called knolling. Drop that word in your search engine. You’ll be amazed at the bizarre things you’ll find.


  1. Hello Arwin, I cleaned my Heemaf 1955 desktop phone, but I had difficulties to take off the plungers and earth button; from the picture above you seem can take off the metal ring that keeps the buttons in place (the plungers and earth button have the same metal ring in my phone)
    Does it need special technique to take it off? I tried to pull it but it was so hard I’m afraid it would damage the button.

    Alvast bedankt,

    • Hi Danny, thank you for your comment. These rings are spring clips. You can remove them by sticking a small screwdriver between them and click them off.

      The only special technique I can recommend is to put a finger on the clip when you do this, otherwise you end up searching said clip on the other side of the room for a couple of hours.


      • OMG YES thank you so much! As you said to use screwdriver, there is a part in the ring that you can put a screwdriver in it and use it to pull the ring. It was hard at first, but when I saw a movement I was confident enough to pull it and it was totally safe 🙂 I cleaned my earthing button and it white clean like new (y)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.