15 August 2010

Sunday diversions

I was all fired up to write the definitive blog post about the near criminality of the 400+ Eat, Pray, Love-licensed gee-gaws now being hawked to promote Julia Roberts' latest, simpering attempt at being an actor when she grows up. Then I thought about it some more and realized that I would be adding a pointless endeavor to the publicity machine surrounding a movie I'll never see. So instead I'm going to run through some oddities I've come across recently.

None of them merit a post of their own but together, they're actually related to my niche so I'm going to forge ahead.

If you're the kind of person who just can't get out of the kitchen, the Italian firm Rapsel will help you bring some of that kitchen magic to your bathroom. This would also work for fans of the movie Ratatouille as well.




Oh wait a minute, that last image was a bit of projection on my part. Apologies.

I was on a roll a couple of weeks ago with ideas for switch plates and outlet covers, but these babies from The Spanish company Fede put all of my ideas to shame. How about a little Swarovski?


Speaking of Swarovski, Polish designer Lukasz Jemiol came up with with this crystal-encrusted vacuum cleaner for Electrolux.


I love the pearls.

Finally, from an unknown German manufacturer but sold on the website fitsu, come a set of kitchen brushes.



How thoughtful that it has a gold toof. You know, it's being sold as a kitchen brush but it would be infinitely funnier if it were sold as a grill brush.

And there you have it, a bit of diverting fluff for a Sunday morning. Seriously though, what do you think of those soup pot vanity sinks?

22 comments:

  1. Caroline Kangalee15 August, 2010 08:02

    Hi,it's Caroline from Trinidad and Tobago. Wouldn't it be max if the press posts a pic of Snoop Dog or Fifty Cents grilling in their backyards and using the brush?

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  2. Thanks for the laugh this dreary Sunday morning! "Simpering". Perfect descriptor. I've never read the book and who else but Julia Roberts could have starred in something so maudlin? Not a movie I ever want to see.
    The soup pot sinks might be really cool in a cafe bathroom, but not a home.

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  3. Hello and welcome Caroline! I have never been to your country, but I've come close (Grenada). Stick around please, I love hearing from international visitors. Having Snoop Dog endorse those brushes is a perfect idea.

    Thanks for the compliment Melody. I cannot imagine using any other word to describe Julia Roberts' actorly ability.

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  4. I, too, am pretty much clue-free to the Eat-Pray-Love situation. I haven't read the book either. As far as movies go we are gearing up for the Dora the Explorer movie coming on at 8 pm tonight. The "tooth brushes" would make a great present for my now retired former dental assisting/hygiene school teaching mother. Thanks for the heads up.

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  5. Would like a report on that vacuum cleaner. Who buys it and who uses it with what frequency!? It always amazes me to see such wasteful designing. Love the little scrub brushes.

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  6. Meg: Ain't it though. You know you want a yellow stock pot for your bathroom, admit it.

    Sharon: If you buy a set of those brushes, let me know how they are, quality-wise.

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  7. John: I think the vacuum is a publicity stunt to sell more vacuums and get some notoriety for the designer. It's not actually in production. It works from a notoriety perspective but I wonder what the ROI is from Electrolux's side.

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  8. Personally, I would rather not EAT in the bathroom. That vacuum doesn't have a PRAYER of standing up to the carpeting at our Fish House. And I LOVE, love, love those kitchen brushes! As for Ms Roberts, her saving grace for me is that she doesn't seem to take herself too seriously-- unlike Ms Frozen Face Kidman

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  9. Ba dum dum. Good lines, all of 'em. But in defense of Nicole Kidman, she, unlike Ms. Roberts, can actually act. Julia Roberts plays herself in every movie she makes.

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  10. Another lovely little book turned into a marketing monstrosity....sigh.

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  11. What's worse Nancy, that the movie has more than 400 licensed products or that people will actually buy them?

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  12. The soup pot vanity sinks? Forbid it, Almighty God!

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  13. What would make them even more perfect would be a wall-mounted pot filler.

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  14. The soup pot sinks I'm not lovin'. But the tooth brushes are BRILLIANT.

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  15. I have been laughing about those things for weeks. I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking they are so amusing.

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  16. "It has a gold toof" LMAO! I love the switch plates.

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  17. What good is design without an occasional shot of good humor?

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  18. I love those brushes! so cute.

    And thank you Paul for hating the same simpering crap that I hate, somehow that just makes my day.

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  19. Simpering is the only word that applies. I am happy to know that I'm not the only one.

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  20. I LOVE those brushes! But the soup pot? I saw the proportions, not the handle, and thought "plastic tub-trug". Oops.

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  21. "Pastic tub-trug?" I need a translation please. :)

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