I, of all people, know the pain of being pigeonholed based on my muscles. “He’s all brawn and no brain,” they say. Or when they think I’m not listening, “There goes Jeremy the Juicer.” People can be so cruel. Thus I present three ways designers are disguising dumbbells and overtly or inadvertently supporting fitness for nerds. P.S. If, unlike me, you’re not gifted with a natural 8-pack, consider this required reading, especially during the “feastivities” of the holiday season!
I reviewed Demonbells last month, so I won’t spend too much time on them here. I will say, however, that the average person has no idea what kettlebells are, let alone kaiju kettlebells. You can safely leave these around your house as exotic art objects and doorstops without anyone knowing your sweaty secret. Who’s pumped???
Next up: Swedish product designer, Tove Thambert, created an interesting series of dual-purpose commodities called Objects in Disguise. The collection explores “the concept of camouflage within the design context, a new kind of functionality and preconceptions about gender and design traditions”.
My favorite piece in the collection is a candlestick that doubles as a dumbbell. This would make a perfect gift for the dandy who doesn’t want his pals to know he lifts OR a neanderthal trying to masquerade as an intellectual. OR, you could even stage yet another alternate ending to the movie, Clue: “It was Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick…with the dumbbell…with the candlestick…with the dumbbell!” Contact Thambert if you have dandies, neanderthals or Tim Curry fans on your Christmas list!
And finally, The Cheeky presents a solution that’s not big on subtlety but does manage to tackle two tasks at one time.
Introducing Dumb-Bell Cutlery, a must for people actively looking to lose weight but not prepared to stop eating. Eat yourself skinny with these 1kg knives and forks and the 2kg dessert spoon (because you only use one hand fatty). This is going to revolutionise the diet industry and that is why they are so damn expensive (and they are hand made).