9 Illustrated Products That Delight and Surprise

Swatch Pineapple watch - "Exotic model"

Whenever we buy things, we’re making choices: about our mood, priorities, and how we want the outside world to see us. Illustrated products are a great way to express one’s unique voice.

Here are 9 products that have elements of illusion and surprise to them. Their clever-yet-functional designs infuse playfulness into the everyday. The imagery and styling of these objects can range from amusing to gloomy, but no matter the mood, they’re certain to let the world know who you are.

Top: The “Exotic Taste” watch by Swatch resembles a deliciously tart pineapple.
Porcelain salt dish by Rami Kim
The surprise head in this dish adds some drama in your dining.

Buried Salt Dish

At first glance, this salt bowl might look pretty ordinary. It’s only upon peering into the bottom that you notice a face buried beneath the grains, looking as though it’s trapped underneath a cold, snowy landscape. With just a few brush strokes, artist Rami Kim has depicted a look of desolation on the figure’s face.

Luna on the Moon pigs fly purse
With its vibrant colors and striking design, this purse is a statement piece.

Pink Flying Pig Handbag

You’ve probably heard the expression, “…when pigs fly!” as a sassy way of saying “that’ll never happen!” Well with this purse, they really do take flight. The bright, glittering accessory has a bold, graphic style to it, and the stiffness of the material makes it look more like a pig and less like a purse.

felted cloud coasters by pygmy cloud
The illustrator dedicated her cloud coasters to the dreary London weather.

Rain Cloud Coasters

Make the rainy days less dreary with these delightful cloud coasters. London-based shop Pygmy Cloud created them using thick, 100% wool felt. The full, rounded shape is complemented with small rain droplets that have been punched within their form.

pineapple watch by swatch
This pineapple-themed means you can wear fruit on your wrist.

Exotic Taste Watch

Swatch is known for their brightly-colored watches that catch the eye of passersby. This citrus accessory resembles a pineapple with a simple addition—leaves have been added onto the watch face, mimicking the look of the actual fruit.

Wing shawl scarf by Shovava
The beautiful scarf design is hand-painted and then digitally printed on silk.

Wings Shawl Scarf

Pretend you’re a bird with this gorgeous silk scarf by Shovava. The delicate design reveals an entire wingspan when spread out, and the feather structure aligns with your arms—this means that as you wrap your body in this garment, you’ll always feel as though you’ve got wings.

Cactus, watermelon, and ice cream mirrors by McKean Studio
View the world in tints of pinks and greens with these mirrors.

Mirror Wall Hangings

A cactus, ice cream cone, and watermelon slice have been immortalized into mirrors by McKean Studio. The colorful, reflective surfaces offer a fun alternative to ordinary glass, and they double as whimsical wall art when left on their own.

Big bud enamel banana pin
To create this pin, a stamp was imprinted in metal and then hand-filled with colored resin.

Banana Pin

Enamel pins are having a moment. Illustrators, artists, and designers are creating playful pins en masse, and with good reason—they’re the perfect small accessory to liven up a backpack or denim jacket. Big Bud Press has created a half-peeled banana pin that looks just ripe enough to eat and enjoy.

Sugar bowl by Evelyn Bracklow
“Infested” with ants, it looks as though this bowl was left at an outdoor picnic.

Ant-Infested Sugar Bowl

Anyone with a fear of ants won’t want to go near ceramics by Evelyn Bracklow—they’re crawling with countless fake critters. Using vintage porcelain, the artist hand-paints each and every ant, grouping them into small armies so that they resemble the real creatures. You’ll definitely do a double take!

Nessie Ladle by Jenny Pokryvailo
This imaginative ladle makes cooking more fun.

Nessie Ladle

Regular ladles can be so boring. The clever Nessie ladle by designer Jenny Pokryvailo transports the mythical creature into your soups and stews. Its neck is long enough to reach the top of any pot, and the spoon also has stubby legs that allow the object to stand on its own.

Photos © respective designers.
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