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 series Katerina 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

Hope you don’t actually like eating cereal, because you’ll never get it out of this little spoon’s cup.

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.

Thick Cutlery Set

This cutlery set is perfect for folks who didn’t really want to use cutlery anyway.

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).

Hourglass Salt & Pepper Shakers

Take a moment to contemplate the profound passage of time while you wait patiently for a few grains of salt.

Uncomfortable Briki

Pour hot, thick Turkish-style coffee all over yourself with this delightfully modern briki.

Uncomfortable Pot

This pot is a cinch to lift and move from surface to surface as long as there’s absolutely nothing in it.

Uncomfortable Tea Set

Buy this for a friend you think has a big mouth.

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.

Uncomfortable Broom

Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “get low.”