Bongs aren’t usually things you display proudly on the mantelpiece. And not just because they raise awkward questions with in-laws and sugar-seeking neighbours.
Bong aesthetics haven’t really evolved beyond flaming skulls and dragons over the last 50 years. Putting aside a certain ‘DIY ingenuity’ (usually involving scissors and a plastic bottle), the language of bong design has always been – rather appropriately – monosyllabic.
But one St Petersburg design agency, Backyard Ceramics, has taken bongs to the next level. Beautiful bongs. Minimalist bongs. The sort of bongs you could plausibly pass-off as avant-garde sculpture to curious older relatives.
“We saw that Russian smoking culture is closely associated with repulsive imagery: grotesque acid colors and predictable visual patterns,” the team told Calvert Journal. “We strive to create products that are both perfectly functional, and would make a decent addition to any interior.”