Anyone who’s ever won a goldfish at a funfair or bought one off a man in a pub will know they’re pretty dull pets. Owners try lots of things to ramp up the wow factor with models of castles and scuba divers but at the end of the day these little swimmers are able to resist all such attempts. But hang on a minute (or double the length of a goldfish’s apparent attention span) as Sheffield studio Psalt Design may just have found the solution.
Their excellent Bubble Tank adds an element of danger to proceedings, appearing as it does to be about to slip off its surface. Of course it’s not going to (that would be psychotic), it’s actually a really clever, beautiful bit of design that merely gives the illusion of instability and must be a conversation starter, even if said conversation starts “Um, dude, your goldfish tank is melting…” Each one is hand-blown and Psalt’s David Powell, Richard Bell and Tom McKeown very much see themselves in the context of Sheffield’s rich craft history.
The Bubble Tank will be on show at next week’s London Design Festival as part of Tent London.
- Seoul-based Shrimp Chung’s dynamic designs are bright and full of impact
- Choreographer and director Holly Blakey on making work for everyone
- Elise By Olsen on stepping down as the world’s youngest editor-in-chief
- Pentagram designs Francesca Gavin’s Watch This Space, dissecting the screens impact on society
- It’s Nice That and Camden Council host evening of talks by LGBTQ creatives
- Michael Marcelle’s photography is “like a broken funhouse mirror in a gay haunted house”
- Peter Funch has photographed the same people on the same street for nine years
- North reveals full Science Museum rebrand, and reacts to online criticism
- GraphicDesign& outline three projects that successfully support and impact mental wellbeing
- Dove apologises and removes advert showing a black woman becoming a white woman
- Apple announces launch of gender neutral emojis
- “It needed to be functional, a workhorse”: Arket’s in-house team on its brand identity