Published on April 20th, 2012 | by Greg0
SUCK UK: Great Items For Your Flat… Pad… Home
You know those cute little boutiques, where you walk inside and find yourself drawn to dozens of inventive little items, perfect as gifts, and maybe that’s why you went inside, but now that you’re there… We love shops like those, and we’re happy to find some obscure creators who aren’t even widely available in stores here yet. Of course, the internet and e-commerce have shrunk the world a bit, so you can now purchase the goods online and get them shipped anywhere in the world. If you’re in London, though, definitely check out the SUCK UK flagship store in the OXO Tower, not far from some other great designers.
We’ve been using four of their items, from small and disposable to a perfect gift for the literary individual who simply can’t handle any more books. Let’s kick things off with their very simple twist on the Post-It Note- shaped like floppy disks, they come in a pack of three different colors. Of course, you lose quite a bit of the writing surface to the clever design, so these are definitely for folks who are used to jotting down small notes and want to do so in style. Available for about $12, and great for the geek in your life.
Our favorite item of the group is the quite subversive, and yet quintessentially British, Terrorist Tea Pot. A black fabric balaclava serves as a tea cozy, and the white teapot has a pair of painted on eyes that align nicely with the holes in the mask. It looks a little bit silly when ‘naked’, but always gets a laugh when we make a pot of English Breakfast and pour it to unsuspecting guests or visitors. It’s a 1.5 liter pot, which is good for five to six big cups, or up to ten smaller ones when using finer grades of tea. You’ve likely seen and used teapots like this one- it’s fairly durable stoneware, with a decent handle. There isn’t a removable filter, but there is a set of typical small holes separating the chamber from the spout- they’ll work, but we would’ve liked a basket for easier cleaning and handling. The cozy definitely makes this one, and it’s available for around $40.
Nothing says “London” like “umbrella”. That’s our impression, at least. And if you’re tired of buying the cheap ones on the street, or haven’t yet found the rain repeller that feels perfect for you, look no further. The Color Changing Umbrella sadly doesn’t change the color of the water, or the world, but does go from plain to colored with a bit of rain. As with the teapot, the basic umbrella functions are pretty basic- you know, it collapses and comes with a small bag that you’ll probably lose immediately. The handle is fine, but not particularly good. No, the only reason you should buy this one over any other is the fun bonus feature. We confess that few seemed to notice the colors changing, as the effect doesn’t pop out to most people immediately, and it only modifies the edges. Available for about $30.
Finally, we’d be remiss not to suggest something for the bookworms out there. The Book Rest Lamp is a little house-shaped soft-glow light, perfect for setting on your bedside table, folding a book over the top, and having your reading material handy for late night storytime. Granted, some books work better than others- your hardcover copy of Infinite Jest would look a little odd, and it does feel a little lonely when uncovered. Your book will get a bit warm, but that’s not a major issue. We liked the frosted glass for indirect light, and the decent price- $60 seems completely fair for a lovely design that can fit in a library, study, or even living room.