This high-end hookah or luxury bong (depending upon what one plans to smoke out of it) has been designed and created by the Porsche Design Studio. A modern version of the popular Middle Eastern hookah pipes, the Shisha combines aluminum, stainless steel and glass with the timeless and unique design approach of the luxury brand.
Already under criticism from health organizations in the UK, the Shisha was designed as part of the Porsche Design World Collection which will be available at Porsche Design stores worldwide at the end of July and exclusively at the newly opened Porsche Design shop-in-shop at the world famous Harrods department store in London, Knightsbridge.
Porsche today said that the Porsche Design Shisha was an object of 'cultural value.'
'Our brand has very strong roots in the Middle Eastern market,' said a spokesman.
'Our brand is very much international and in doing our World Collection (which also includes tea cups and chopsticks) we decided need to include cultural goods from and for the Middle Eastern market as well.
The firm said it was part of their plan for 'global thinking and unifying cultural backgrounds.'
Harrods, where the Porsche pipes are sold, was acquired last year by the Qatari royal family, who also own 10 per cent of Porsche.
Made in Germany, the Shisha stands 55 centimeters tall and shows discreet branding on the aluminium (aluminum) top.
The long flexible tube is made out of TecFlex material, which is also used for the classic Porsche Design TecFlex writing tools:
The Porsche Design Shisha retails for 1.350,00€ and can be bought in their online Porsche design store.
This is not the first smoking paraphernalia that Porsche studio has designed. Their P' 3613, a tobacco pipe made from forty-year-old Bruyère wood has cooling ribs cut into the material along the lines of the famous air-cooled Porsche boxer engines create a thermal effect that cools the pipe bowl to a pleasant temperature:
They have designed other versions of pipes, lighters, cigar cutters and holders which you can see here.
The Porsche Design World Collection is dedicated to a united global community and consists of a number of exclusively designed products. Besides the Shisha the assortment contains chopsticks, a tea and soup set as well as a few fashion items such as a jacket, polo shirt and a silk scarf.
The lately opened 55 square-metre shop-in-shop at the world-famous department store Harrods in London offers the full range of Porsche Design products. It is situated in the opulent surroundings of the Knightsbridge store’s vision and sound department at the 3rd Floor’s Millionaires Gallery.
Porsche Design Store at
87-135 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
About Porsche Design:
Porsche Design is a luxury brand with a particular focus on technically inspired products. The Porsche Design brand was established in 1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. The products stand for functional, timeless and purist design, characterised by their technical innovation. The product portfolio includes watches, sunglasses, luggage, electronic products, a men’s fragrance line as well as sports apparel and a fashion collection for men and women. All the products under the brand are designed at the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See (Austria) and are available worldwide in the company’s own stores, franchise stores, shops-in-shops, high end department stores and exclusive specialist retailers.
Information courtesy of Porsche Design and The Daily Mail
Ever scrounge around looking for something to serve as a makeshift vessel with which you can indulge in smoking your medically prescribed marijuana? Or some loose tobacco? Perhaps a piece of fruit or a toilet paper roll?
Well, search no longer. Awmoo And sculptor Lisa Sitko have created elegant alternatives of bone china and ceramic based on the design of the apple as pipe.
Carefully hand-made out of bone china in the United States, and priced at $150 USD, they are now taking pre-orders on their web site.
Lisa Sitko Ceramic Apple Pipes:
Another available apparatus based on the apple as pipe:
Buy the $80 ceramic Apple sculptures by Lisa Sitko
Also available is the Glass Apple Bubbler:
Stoned Eau de Parfum (and scented candle) by Solange Azagury-Partridge:
Created for the acclaimed English jeweler Solange Azagury-Partridge by the renowned perfumer Lynn Harris. Stoned perfume, $285. Candle, $60.00, buy them here
Jonathan Adler's Hashish candle in ceramic marijuana leaf container:
68$, buy it here
Bong Spirit Vodka from Holland
learn about it here.
Cerealart, the Philadelphia gallery of artist multiples, is selling ceramic sculptures that also function as bongs, by pop artist Kenny Scharf. Available in limited editions of white, purple, green or orange, and one-of-a-kind hand painted ones, each is stamped signed on the bottom.
above: Cereal Art’s Debbie Mangel with a bong by Kenny Scharf
The Purple, Orange and Green versions shown below are on sale through Nov.15, 2009:
above: Object To Enjoy (Orange, Green or Purple), Kenny Scharf
Size: 9 x 5 x 15.5 inches /23 x 13 x 39.4 cm
Edition: 200 of each (orange, green or purple), stamp signed
At $400 dollars a piece, the three colors shown above are presently on sale for 25% off through November 15, 2009. Visit www.cerealart.com and enter the coupon code KSOBJECT to receive the 25% discount.
NOTE: Unless you are a card carrying legalized medical marijuana user, smoking marijuana is illegal. This sculpture / pipe is for tobacco use only.
The ceramic sculpture/pipe below is also available in white, but limited to only 50 and not on sale:
above: Object to Enjoy (note: white is not on sale)
Size: 9 x 5 x 15.5 inches /23 x 13 x 39.4 cm
Edition: 50, stamp signed
Price: $450.00 USD
And the following limited edition Objects (not eligible for the discount), are each one of a kind and hand painted by Kenny Scharf:
Size: 15.5” h x 9” w x 5” d/ 39.4cm h x 23cm w x 13cm d
Material: Ceramic and Metal
Edition: From an edition of 25 unique individual pieces hand-painted by Kenny Scharf.
About Cerealart: Cerealart develops, produces and distributes a range of three-dimensional visual artist's multiples. The sculptural designs are conceptualized by critically acclaimed internationally recognized contemporary artists who are interested in exploring the possibilities presented by consumer culture. Authorship is published and highlighted as an integral part of each work.
The designs are limited production editions and are distributed through Cerealart, Museums and galleries throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, Asia and Australia and New Zealand.
Some of Kenny Scharf's recent work:
above: Kenny Scharf, Purplosion, 2009, oil and silkscreen on linen,72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm), Paul Kasmin Gallery
above: Kenny Scharf, Journey to the Center, 2009, oil, acrylic, and silkscreen ink on linen, 84 x 84 inches (213.4 x 213.4 cm), Paul Kasmin Gallery
above: Kenny Scharf, Chocolate Glazed with Sprinkles in Space, 2008, oil on linen, 40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 101.6 cm); framed: 41 x 41 inches(104.1 x 104.1 cm), Paul Kasmin Gallery
Kenny Scharf was born in Hollywood. His work is instantly recognizable, with idiosyncratic cartoon creatures popping up in the oddest of places: in paintings, on functional objects, or piled up on top of each other to form huge totem poles. Scharf shot to prominence in New York during the 80s as part of the deeply influential generation of artists that emerged at that time.
He was part of an East Village trio with Keith Haring, his studio mate, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His artwork has been exhibited extensively and can be found in numerous international museum collections including The Guggenheim Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Eli Broad Foundation in Los Angeles and The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Kenny Scharf is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery - 293 Tenth Ave. New York, NY 10001 and 511 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 -
149 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia Pa 19106
If you admire artful bongs, be sure to see this post on luxury hookahs, water pipes and bongs.
Or see more Airdiem, Meduse, Hurricane, Roor and hand-blown Illadelph bongs here.
It's April 20th.
The twentieth day of the fourth month.
And to those savvy in cannabis culture, it's commonly referred to as "420" (pronounced four twenty), a slang word whose origin truly comes from MY OWN high school, San Rafael High.