Your home décor makes an intentional statement about who you are as a person, and what your values are. Whether it’s a cubist-modernist coffee table, authentic Peruvian pottery, or a vintage, plush armchair, our home décor is a reflection of us. So, what does it say about a person if they leave their herbal pipe or bong out on the shelf or table? It used to say something negative. Because of the stigma, our smoking accessories were typically hidden away in a drawer or closet. People afraid of the message it sent to those around them.
Well, the stigma is lifting, as people begin to realize that users of the pipes, bongs and the like are their friends, their doctors, their parents. In other words, functional, normal members of society. At least partly because of this, a new trend has emerged in home décor: pipes and bongs as functional pieces of art, to be displayed proudly rather than shamefully hidden away. Ceramic, stone, wood, glass, silicon; our smoking accessories have become a truly elevated art form. Art shows are even popping up that feature rare and expensive smoking pieces by famous designers. Long-time glass scene notables like Bob Snodgrass now see their basic, smaller pieces fetching well over $1000, with larger, more complex pieces being sold for $50,000 or more. And that’s only if you can actually find one to buy.
You don’t need to take our word for it, however. Just look to the news, with stories from organizations like The Guardian, Vice and Vogue that cover this new trend. A pipe no longer needs to be just a pipe. It can be a conversation-piece for your home! An excellent example is our Land Yacht Ceramic Bong. Each one is made by hand, and the sleek lines and unique shape make it a notable center-piece for any room. This bong does not belong hidden in a cupboard. Made by Summerland, the artist says that he, “was inspired to create smoking devices for the aesthetic connoisseur; a bong that you didn’t need to hide when you had company over.”
Do you prefer a pipe? Have a look at our hand-crafted Spotted Narwhal pipe, from KLAI studio in Los Angeles. Featuring 22K gold details, you would never want to tuck this piece away in a drawer.
No doubt, we are entering a brave new world. New (or at least, new to the mainstream) art mediums are being elevated and embraced. What comes next? Could Damien Hirst design a $10 million bong? It’s possible. If he does, we’ll make sure we list it right here on Higher End Goods. ;)