Objects in Disguise is a collection of vaguely embarrassing gentlemen’s effects disguised to look like something more socially acceptable. A walking cane masquerades as an umbrella. A handheld mirror appears as a pocket watch. And dumbbells--normally relegated to the closet or the dusty nether regions beneath one’s bed--double as candlesticks that’d look right at home on the mantel. The ladies will think you were born with those pythons!
“In this collection I have explored the concept of camouflage within the design context,” designer Tove Thambert says. “These objects are my interpretations of a new kind of functionality and are also questioning preconceptions about gender and design traditions.” Objects In Disguise also includes a business card holder that appears like a pocket square; and, for dudes who secretly love wearing silver jewelry, both a brooch that looks like a pen and a bracelet that could nearly pass for a watch--until you lift up the sleeve.
It’s jokey stuff, to be sure. Thambert is offering up a gentle critique of what constitutes appropriately masculine behavior--advertising your home workout routine and adorning yourself in jewelry chief among the no-nos. But as a perceptive commenter on Dezeen points out, there’s at least one thing more embarrassing than wearing a silver bracelet: getting caught wearing half of a watch.
[Images courtesy of Tove Thambert; hat tip to Dezeen]