These Gorgeous Kitchen Wares Are Specifically Designed to Annoy You

Why use a normal wine glass when you can use one designed to spill all over yourself?

Katerina Kamprani's Uncomfortable series
Katerina Kamprani's Uncomfortable seriesKaterina Kamprani

The ingenious design of everyday kitchen tools is often overlooked; when using a fork or chopsticks or a coffee mug every day, it’s easy to take those objects’ elemental characteristics for granted. For example, cups need to be concave; cutlery needs to be sturdy enough to grip; pot handles need to be positioned opposite one another. Even as new styles come in and out of fashion, these basic principles of utility must be followed.

But Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani has something else in mind. With her project, “The Uncomfortable,” she has devised a series of household objects that are just that. All visually exquisite, upon closer inspection each one has an obvious failing. That is to say, all of them are designed to be as annoying as possible.

“My goal is to deconstruct the invisible design language of simple everyday objects,” Kamprani says on her website, “and tweak their fundamental properties in order to surprise you and make you laugh.” But her subversion of these unspoken design rules also reveals their inherent genius, allowing us to “appreciate the complexity and depth of interactions with the simplest of objects around us.”

The entire "Uncomfortable" collection can be viewed on Kamprani's website, where most objects only exist as 3-D renderings, but she has developed a select few into delightfully frustrating prototypes. Here are our 11 favorites.

Slipper Spoon
slipper spoon
Hope you don't actually like eating cereal, because you'll never get it out of this little spoon's cup.Katerina Kamprani
Uncomfortable Champagne Glasses
uncomfortable champagne glasses
The best way to use these champagne glasses is with your face smushed against someone else's while taking sips at exactly the same time. Actually, that's the only way.Katerina Kamprani
Thick Cutlery Set
thick cutlery set
This cutlery set is perfect for folks who didn't really want to use cutlery anyway.Katerina Kamprani
Engagement Mugs
engagement mugs
A gift for all those friends from high school who got engaged last year and didn't even invite you to the wedding (though you'd obviously never go).Katerina Kamprani
Hourglass Salt & Pepper Shakers
Hourglass Salt & Pepper Shakers
Take a moment to contemplate the profound passage of time while you wait patiently for a few grains of salt.Katerina Kamprani
Uncomfortable Briki
Uncomfortable Briki
Pour hot, thick Turkish-style coffee all over yourself with this delightfully modern briki.Katerina Kamprani
Uncomfortable Pot
Uncomfortable Pot
This pot is a cinch to lift and move from surface to surface as long as there's absolutely nothing in it.Katerina Kamprani
Chain Fork
Chain Fork
Slightly more useful than a bracelet.Katerina Kamprani
Uncomfortable Tea Set
Uncomfortable Tea Set
Buy this for a friend you think has a big mouth.Katerina Kamprani
Uncomfortable Wine Glass
Uncomfortable Wine Glass
For that guy that won't shut up about the exquisite aroma and the fine bouquet of his bottle of Two Buck Chuck.Katerina Kamprani
Uncomfortable Broom
Uncomfortable Broom
Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "get low."Katerina Kamprani