Designer creates brilliantly useless product designs

Let's start by prefacing how the type of vessel can make or break your enjoyment of a hot beverage. A mug with the perfect diameter to cosily nestle in both hands? Divine. One of those cheap cappuccino cups you get at cafes where you can't stick a single finger through the handle? Aggravating. 

It's easy to overlook how complex the design of everyday objects is, and how proportions and physical features really affect how nice certain objects are to use. Which is why 'The Uncomfortable' is a brilliant design project.

Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani is behind the project, which is described as "a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects". She purposefully made a bunch of household objects in a way that annoys and upsets you. And it works – looking at her designs actually makes you feel kind of queasy.

Kamprani started by creating 3D visualisations of her designs, but eventually decided to fork out her savings to actually produce some real-life prototypes. Here are some of our favourites.

This impossible fork:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This champagne glass to test the romance

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This not-so-elegant tea set:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This confused watering can:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

These "Engagement Mugs":

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This cutlery set is making me feel really uneasy:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This wine glass guaranteed to make a mess:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This confused pot:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

A collection of chairs perfect for the Mad Hatter's tea party:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

 

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

 

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

 

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This infuriating key:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This mug with a very inconvenient handle:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

These useless rain boots:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

And this similarly useless umbrella:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

These salt and pepper shakers that look good, but don't do good:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

This terrible hooded spoon:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

And the worst front door you can imagine when you're busting for the loo:

The Uncomfortable design Katerina Kamprani Credit: The Uncomfortable

Kamprani designed the collection after deciding to turn failure into something positive: "This project started after I failed to finish my studies in industrial design around 2011 and it has continued to grow ever since," she states on her website.

The project has certainly grabbed the attention of people around the world, so good luck to whatever she endeavours to achieve next. And please, NO-ONE get me the mugs for Christmas.