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Fish Bowls by Roger Arquer

Fish Bowls is a new project by designer Roger Arquer that presents 15 variations on the standard fish bowl including Do Not Piss Me Off (above), which "tells us about the power to decide between the life and death of the fish".


"Each piece examines a topic or suggests a solution to an issue," says Arquer. "Dear Neighbour (above), for example, tell us about the delicate relationships we have with our close neighbours, Suicidal Tendencies prevents your fish from committing suicide, and Russian Dolls (below) gives your fish a chance to decide how big it wants to be. I once read that a fish grows according to the space it has, that’s what inspired me in this case."


Fish Bowls will be exhibited in London this September as part of an exhibition called Conversational Spanish 02. Curated by Hector Serrano, the exhibition also shows the work of other Spanish designers including El Ultimo Grito, Martin de Azua and Marti Guixe.


Conversational Spanish 02 is supported by ICEX (Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) and takes place at the Noel Hennessey contemporary furniture showroom, 67a Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PT, from 18-25 September 2007.


Photos are by Peter Mallet. Below is more info from Arquer and descriptions of the rest of the Fish Bowls:


This project comprises fifteen different fish bowls that explore variations of the iconic image of a fish bowl.

Each piece examines a topic or suggests a solution to a different issue. In this project human qualities had been attributed to fish through the design. Thoughtful and yet playful, FishBowls relate with Birdland and Mousetraps, two previous projects also conceptualized on variations.


Above: Above Water, tell us about sharing the water between the fish bowl and the plant.


Above: Wishing Well, tell us about cultural traditions related to throwing coins on wells or fountains.


Above: Bottle Vase, tell us about how we use objects for another purpose, when they original function has ended.


Hanging from a String, tell us about find playfulness in a apparently threatening situation.


Above: Pure Life, tell us about purifying the water directly when refilling the bowl.


Above: Private Matters, tell us about privacy for the fish.


Above: Chill Out / Warm Up, tell us about how we can control water temperature adding hot water or ice in the small receptacle.


Above: Russian Dolls, tell us about how big the fish wants to grow. If stays in the small bowl, the fish will keeps small. If it goes to the big, it will grow.


Above: Under Candle Light, tell us about candle light floating on water for a romantic evening.


Above: XS or XL, tell us about relationships between a big fish and a small one living together.