If there’s one accessory that looks horribly out of a place in a minimalist home, it’s a fish tank decked out with plastic accessories. Which is kind of a shame, since a fish is one of the few pets that won’t wreck the Mies van der Rohe daybed. The designers at New York–based Aruliden have reinvented the lowly fishbowl, transforming it into a hand-blown glass sculpture almost worthy of display in the Farnsworth House.
Aruliden’s Fishscape, produced by Gaia & Gino, replaces the standard fake habitat with a textured landscape that rises from the tank floor like a glacier. "We often like to look at how we can create new icons for some very familiar items in our everyday lives—objects that have focused too much on their function and not enough on their form," Aruliden’s Johan Liden tells Co.Design. "The classic fishbowl served its purpose in its form but was not very desirable on its own."
Just as modern toys are geared more toward design-minded parents than their fun-loving children, this bowl probably pleases humans more than their aquatic pets. After all, the point of those faux habitats is to give fish a place to hide, and we doubt that residents will appreciate the quality of hand-blown glass. Also, bear in mind that attaching a filter to aerate the water might destroy the aesthetic.
Still, Aruliden’s effort may boost the popularity of fish among the high-design contingent: "We wanted to create a fishbowl that would actually make you want to go out and get a fish," Liden says.