There’s something about the classic hand grenade that thrills a designer’s heart. I was reminded of this fact by The Raw Feed’s post on a new grenade-shaped alarm clock:
The only way to silence it is by throwing it, which is exactly the opposite of what happens with a real grenade. There is an even better product when it comes to form vs. function and hand-held explosives: The grenade-shaped stress release thingie.
“The best and most alarming freebie was the Army’s squeezable hand grenade, illustrated above. When I saw the tempting display at the Army booth, I said “Ooh! Grenades!” and asked nicely for one – the soldier eyed me uncertainly, and said “It’s for stress reduction”. Oh, right – as if a grenade has to be squeezable for stress reduction purposes!”
Fortunately someone can up with an alarm more in keeping with the original metaphor:
“Ideal to get a teenager out of bed! Just pull the pin and throw your grenade into a room with it emitting a near-ear piercing siren. Before you know it they will be out of bed with the grenade in their hand to find you, ‘the pin holder’! Only the pin holder can switch it off!!”
While most grenade products are of this utilitarian sort, not all are. There is, for example, this to-die-for (figuratively) jewelry case. It would be the perfect home for two items previously documented here at CD. L’Oreal’s Flowerbomb perfume which was taken to be a terrorist threat at the Oslo airport and these oil lamps — just the thing to brighten up the home.
UPDATE: Allan Janus, source for the wonderful squeezable grenade, sent along the link to this amazing selection of weapons made of fine china by Charles Kraft:
But, as they say, that’s not all…
There’s also t’Zerah Grenade Actif Botanical Lifting Serum — which at $165 an ounce may be the most expensive grenade-inspired product on the market. “Made with 100% active botanical ingredients, Grenade Actif awakens the skin, toning and lifting with its proprietary mix of cooling aloe vera, firming marine algae, and nourishing plant oils and extracts including POMega5 pomegranate oil.” Not sure what that has to do with grenades … wait, here it is … it can be used for “fighting free radicals that damage and age the skin.” The White House will take a dozen.
The anti-aging serum is one of the few products to invoke a grenade that isn’t shaped like the classic U.S. WWII pineapple version. Others include the wood grenade, a log-splitter which probably gets its name from what it does rather than what it resembles.
There is also the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch plushie from the fine folks at Monty Python.
The only items I’ve found that resemble the grenades in use today are made by artists of one sort or another. There’s a wonderful sculpture by Peter Gronquist of Grenade as Pac Man. (Found at Iam8Bit.)
The draw of the grenade as design feature is so strong that there really need be no connection between the product and package. For example, what worse shape could there be for something meant to spread wax on to snowboards or skis? Nothing, but so what?
A cigarette lighter? (Has anyone else noticed that cigarette lighters are becoming ubiquitous even as cigarette smoking declines?)
Or maybe just a toy that smokes cigarettes:
If all that is just too representational then how about something low-key & explosive on your wrist?
My favorite for a head-scratching mashup is this grenade-as-headphones beltbuckle.