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I can’t believe someone makes… Armadillo Breadbins

armadillo-breadbin.jpgThe interface where decadence meets redundancy. This is the subject of our new ‘I can’t believe someone makes…‘ series. Think good execution, but bad idea.

We turn a chilled eye on those product-filled luxury supplements. You know the ones, offering over-refined gadgets for those whose every material need is not yet quite met.

Think portable microwaves, mobile phone Lenspens and Drivemocions

We kick off the series with an elegantly sculptured and not inexpensive Armadillo Breadbin…

“This brushed Aluminum bread bin is extraordinary,” said The Times. “It looks like a work of art and will add a splash of glamour to any kitchen work surface,” said the Daily Telegraph.

It will set you back around £65, BTW. See wheredidyoubuythat.com if, by any chance, you are tempted.

Seen any particularly good contenders for this series? Love the brushed metal bread bin? Leave a comment below.

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6 Comments

  1. July 27, 2009 17:36

    I can’t believe someone makes… Wi-Fi detector baseball caps

    This time, I can’t believe someone makes Wi-Fi detector baseball caps. Where to begin? How about with the fact that you can’t see the signal strength indicator up on your own bunce… you’d have to take it off to look at it in your hand. Doh!

  2. Laurence Armstrong
    January 14, 2009 14:03

    I always though the idea of a breadbin (or storage vessel) was to keep clammy air out – not to have as many gaps in it’s structure as possible so as to let it in. Elegant but damn stupid design to me!

  3. Philip
    January 14, 2009 11:34

    I can see exactly why someone makes this – don’t let my wife see it – at £65 it’s exactly the sort of thing she would like for storing our bread and cakes in!

  4. AndyRem
    January 09, 2009 14:22

    As a consumer I think it looks great, and will probably far outlive the average “this month’s must-have” electronic gadget. It is also unlikely to stop working after about two months, and will not need an expensive software upgrade to fix the bugs that were overlooked (or ignored) in the rush to market. The world needs more quality hardware, and less electronic landfill.

  5. Alun Williams
    January 05, 2009 17:35

    > It was our best seller and according to the
    > current owners is still the best seller. So
    > maybe not a good one to start your series with.
    Very fair comment! I saw it was a best seller on that site, and it is a striking design (certainly qualifies for ‘good execution’)…
    Which products would you nominate for this category? It sounds like you may well have vetted a lot of products in your time. Any spectacularly bad ones stay in mind?
    AW

  6. January 05, 2009 16:55

    Well I was the person who first put these on wheredidyoubuythat.com when I used to own it. It was our best seller and according to the current owners is still the best seller. So maybe not a good one to start your series with. By the way it works not only for storing bread but for cheeses or anything you want to keep fresh and the base is also a chopping board.
    I look forward to following this subject as I am sure you will come up with some items that warrant the title – I can’t believe someone makes…