Article by Phil Wong, High! Canada
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the BRNT Designs product launch of their latest bong and accessories. Very chic art deco! BRNT Designs was founded by four University of Alberta students who wanted to build a better bong. I was lucky enough to bump into BRNT CEO, Simon Grigenas. Simon what your inspiration for design?
Our inspiration for design differs from product to product. Everything from Canadian contemporary architecture to elements of Nordic and Japanese inspiration. We use facets and geometry in our products to really enhance not only the tactile experience of the user but also to accent the product in any light or setting. Different trends such as the increase in the use of the material of concrete in the home inspires new product lines and categories for us too! We love finding new and creative materials to bring our designs to life.
What was your inspiration for the Hexagon?
The Hexagon design was inspired by the hexagonal shape and geometric faces of many modern architecture based projects here in Canada.
Specifically, the Royal Ontario Museum and work of architecture, Daniel Libeskind. His crystalline inspiration for the ROM and geometric focus led to our non-traditional “bong” design.
Their quest for a better bong has led them to something futuristic, part art deco, durable, dish water and freezer proof. Now this piqued my curiosity as I was taking to the mother of the inventor himself as she said “freezer”. Curiously, I have done a lot of bong things, but never would have thought of freezing it, so as we speak, the new office bong is in the freeze. The Hexagon bong comes with some great accessory pieces; the rolling tray, the Briq ashtray and a Faro pipe.
It was a wonderful evening, and I was lucky enough to get the inside track on Simon as I was hanging with his mother. I bumped into her as I noticed she had her travel bong, now anyone that is cool enough to have a travel bong, I have to meet!