Cosmic buys for science geeks

  • We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
  • With a trend for all things celestial taking hold, it's time to treat the physicist, astronaut or meteorologist in your family to something truly out of this world

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, science lovers were a misunderstood race, frequently ridiculed and never considered hip enough to hang with the cool kids. How times have changed! Thanks to stellar shows such as The Big Bang Theory and any programme fab physicist Brian Cox touches, now anyone who’s into science is suddenly cool – nerdy, yes, but really really COOL.

    And homeware is getting in on the act and tapping into the trend for all things interstellar. So from chopping boards to constellation plates, check out these cosmic buys. At last, we’ve found a way to impress the science geek in our life!

    Boost your brainpower as you dice your veg with a mini astronomy lesson courtesy of the Solar System Diagram Cutting Board, £25.84, by Elysium Woodworks at Etsy. We love the beautifully engraved details, which include planet names and distances from the sun as well as orbital periods and asteroids. And that quirky space whale migrating towards Pluto is the star of the show.

    Working a stylish hit of chemistry chic, the Earl Oil and Vinegar Flasks, £20 per set, at the Science Museum Shop, might just be tempting enough to tear your loved one away from whipping up potions in his shed/lab in the back of the garden to whizz up a delicious salad dressing – for once! He’ll be in his element once he gets going.

    Our esteemed friends at the Science Museum have also concocted this sleek Test Tube Spice Rack, £20 – complete with chemical-style labels and silicone stoppers – which you can use to entice reluctant chefs to experiment with spices. Do remember to remind Junior to go easy on the chilli – we’re after subtly spiced dishes here, not flavour explosions.

    Part of the
    Cosmic dinner collection from Diesel by Seletti at Amara, this porcelain Mars plate, £19, captures the dusty edginess of the Red Planet. Other designs in the ultra-stylish range include the stripe-tastic Jupiter and the cool blue Neptune. Treat yourself to the entire collection for a celestial dining experience.

    Serve up your cosmic cocktails with this Round Moon tray, from £35, by Atomic Printworks. Depicting an awesome true-to-life image of the Moon as seen from Earth, we reckon its uses around the home will prove infinite…

    With its shapeship-style curves and strong beams of light, the Space-O pendant lamp, £655, by Foscarini at Utility is totally out of this world. Hang it above a sleek dining table for intergalactic chic and an instant talking point, then channel your best vibes over the first course and wait for the aliens to pop down for pudding. Far out!

    Handmade in Britain, this Mechanimated Weather Clock, from £275, by Bramwell Brown is a contemporary revamp of a traditional timepiece. With beautiful, limited-edition illustrations of swifts, clouds and the sun and a clever inner barometer that measures the speed and direction of atmospheric pressure, it will set you up for the day ahead by showing you what the weather is planning. We only ever want it to point to the sun!

    Gazing at the exquisite hand-knotted Spacecrafted rug, £2,520 per sq m, by Jan Kath for Front London is like looking into the Hubble telescope. With a selection of cosmic colourways, complete with gas clouds and asteroids, this is the ultimate statement rug for stylish space lovers everywhere.

    Inspire your budding scientist to record his experiments in this clever Science Journal, £10, by Sukie at The Kid Who. With a silk-screen printed cover, the pages inside are set out in a graph style with a silhouette of scientific equipment ranging from microscopes to vials. Let’s hope Louis Pasteur Junior comes up with something to save the world rather than blowing up the newly fitted kitchen…

    Wannabe Rocket Mans can channel a mini Howard Wolowitz with this Astronaut duvet and pillow set, £55, from Science Museum Shop. The image screen-printed on to the pure cotton bedding is of a real Nasa spacesuit and will encourage peaceful explorations in the land of nod.

    Go here for more great shopping ideas from Livingetc.

    All the latest from Ideal Home