It seems to me that the only sensible reason to make a spherical barbeque grill that looks like the Earth is that it is delightful, and makes the grill more enjoyable to use or just look at while it’s sitting in the corner of the patio. And it seems to me, further, that the purpose of bringing delight to its users is rather spoiled by the suggestion that the grill “is a symbol of human consumption of natural resources.” My BBQ grill doesn’t have to symbolize anything. In fact, it’s better if it doesn’t. But if it wants to look like a globe just because it makes me and my family enjoy using it and having it around that much more, I’m all for it. The World BBQ is a prototype from Australia’s GoldenHen design studio.


Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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