Bastiaan Buijs creates wind-up sex toy using hand-blown glass

Bastiaan Buijs creates wind-up sex toy using hand-blown glass

Dutch Design Week 2015: this "aesthetically pleasing" glass vibrator by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Bastiaan Buijs is powered by clockwork.

Buijs created the Grandfather Clock dildo from a hand-blown glass vessel so the brass and metal mechanism that causes it to vibrate is visible from the outside.

"People use vibrators all over the world but are most of the time they are ashamed about it," Buijs told Dezeen. "With this vibrator, that feeling disappears."

"Lust is as normal as feeling hungry or thirsty, and the attributes people use to indulge it need not be hidden away," he continued.

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Blown glass was also used by Michael Reynolds and Jeff Zimmerman to create a collection of "high-fashion sex toys", with integrated accessories including horsehair tails and a candle holder.

Turning the wind-up key at the end of Buijs' toy enables the vibrating mechanism in its tip to move backwards and forwards at a quick pace for four to five minutes.

Buijs hopes to reduce the stigma of women's self-pleasure through apparatus, using luxurious materials such as ebony wood for the stopper to catch the eye of the opposite sex.

"Men are looking at this sex toy with a different feeling, and thinking holy f*ck this looks great," said Buijs. "Grandfather Clock is meant to be on top of your night dresser, not hidden away inside it."

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Designed to be "super expensive", the dildo comes with a lifetime warranty and is only available for the "rich and famous" at present – although Buijs is currently working on a cheaper model.

Czech designer Anna Maresova similarly aimed to tackle sex-toy stereotypes with her minimal-looking range of vibrators, whilst Dutch designer Mark Sturkenboom created a dildo with a compartment for storing the ashes of a deceased partner.

Grandfather Clock is currently on show at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduate exhibition, which runs from 17 to 25 October 2015 as part of Dutch Design Week.

Other projects on show during the event include Pieke Bergmans irregularly-shaped neon lights, a "sport-related" graduate fashion exhibition at Eindhoven football stadium and Bastiaan de Nennie's hybrid virtual objects.