Great Catch: Five Of The Best Fishbowl Designs

When it comes to home designers, there are few more inventive than those building for fish. I can only assume that designing for an inhabitant whose complaint will never be voiced must be a very liberating task. Below I have selected what I think are five of the best designs out there:

The Umbra Fish Hotel by Canadian designer Teddy Luong is a very cool fishbowl design. Fashioned on modern day homes, the tank has glass windows surrounded by a plastic outer shell. The design also caters for the use of multiple tanks which can be stacked on top of one another to form a condo-like tower. Find out more about Teddy here:

This tank by Pslat Design looks as if it’s on the verge of toppling over. Worry not, though – the edge hanging over is perfectly counterbalanced with the weight of the other side of the tank. The result is a visually unsettling aquarium which is bound to get noticed. Not really recommended for the anxious sort, but fully recommended for those fish dabbling with suicide. The tank can be purchased here:

The idea of an oversized light bulb working as a fishbowl is creatively quite simple. What I like about this product though, is the added details which make the idea a little more refined. Firstly, I think that the blackness of the base compliments the glass more than a traditional silver base would. Secondly, in a borderline sadistic way, I like how the black fibres within the bulb look like they could electrocute the fish at any given moment. I’d of course like the design less if they did so.

For those owners a little too attached to their goldfish, this is the perfect tank for you. The design allows you to take your fish for a walk! Why one would wish to do so is beyond me, but I do like the design of the product. It’s like a modern take on the fairground fish bags, only a little more ethical.

For my final choice, I’m going for the timeless classic. In spite of the quality of design out there, I’d always opt for the iconic fishbowl. There’s something about the simplicity of a goldfish and water being the only components required to make a plain glass bowl aesthetically remarkable.


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