Cool Merchandise

I‘ve searched the globe to come up with the coolest merchandise. Some of the items I have designed and had made myself, some are in the production stage, and others I’ve provided a link to their specific sites.
This collection kind of represents all the things I love about design, so you might spot the constant theme of modernism. Defined in the dictionary as the revolution in ideas and style and art and architecture and literature that developed in the early twentieth century as a reaction to traditional forms.
Well, I’m glad it was not confined to the twentieth century.
I would also like to make this page an open resource for anyone with a suggestion or a product they think will fit the modernist criteria. Looking forward to your input!
At present, and due to my limited line, my Siloboy product is only available in Australia.

The three medallions above represent my silo. I hope to soon have them cast in various sizes.

List of Products


This is probably the only thing I have ever designed that I am 100% happy with. I just can't stop playing with them evey time I visit this project. These Axial fans were designed to move air through air ducts at great spead, and at 3,500 rpm, they surely did. For this domestic application, I married the fans with a slightly down-sized tree phase motor and gearbox. You can just see the motor above the cast alloy hub.

Ziza Table

Ziza down to nothing

Ziza Table

Aside from the expansion function, this unit can snake in three dimensions around any obstacle.
Table disks are fabricated from Abet Laminati CGS Stratificato: a composite of resin and aluminium layers with a durable white laminate top surface.

Ziza Table

Yep; in the tradition of Industrial Siloboy, this table borrows from the classic production conveyor system allowing the table to compact to 1.8 meters, and extend out to 4.5 meters in length. Every second trolly wheel is lockable, and all legs are height adjustable up to 250mm.

Ziza Table

New from the studio of Alexander Michael & Assoc. and Siloboy!

Yarrawa Estate Bottle design

My first design in glass.

Venus Chair

With echos from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly Stool, this chair by designer Konstantin Grcic (however you pronounce that) elegantly combines two moulded sheets of ply into ART!
This item was contributed by Uta Rose of Anibou, Sydney. Another fine furniture store of the highest design integrity. Go to

Valencia Stadium

Stadiums appear to be the new venue for grand expressions of Architecture. This one from Reid Fenwick Asociados is certainly that.

Vacum cleaner

Alessi Hand-held Vacum cleaner SG67 W by Stefano Giovannoni.

Truely a beautiful thing (once you work out what it is).

Tony White Jeweller

What Tony lacks in modernism, he makes up with sheer elegance.
Here are two pieces - a Tassie Glass and gold bracelet, and an ancient Roman steel cameo brooch set in gold. Very cool!

The Gluon Chair

This would have to be the most perfect chair to sit at the Launch Control Console.

Tejo Remy

Gotta love this guy's humour.
Titled - "You Can't Lay Down Your Memory", it's a working nest of drawers, and available through Droog Design of Amsterdam, with tons of other funky stuff.
Photo by Bob Goedewagen.


I've never felt confident about using this material in its raw form, at least not in Australia where the quality of formwork is ... well lets just say there isn't much. But here is an architect that knows how to get results. Tadao Ando's exquisite use of this material makes me want to live in Japan, sometimes.
Photo by Sanghyun Lee

Siloboy T-Shirt

Item still in production, and no, it wasn't modelled on me:(

Cotton lycra and mesh T-Shirt with Siloboy logo.

Colors: White and Black.

Sizes: S, M, and L

Starck bootie

So now you think I've got a shoe fetish?
This guy, Starck, must be the most prolific designer of all time, and arguably the greatest. How anyone can produce such consistently high quality work in all design disciplines is just beyond me. I could illustrate a thousand Starck designs here, but it's better you take a look for yourselves.
Go Starck-raving mad at:


Well okay, I had to include this as well.
The X-Ray

Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex 1

What's in a name? Well, in this case, absolutely nothing.
This is, without a doubt, my most favourite utilitarian structure completed by the Army Space and Missile Defense Command in June 1975 at a cost of (some say) 5.7 billion dallars. It was then de-commissioned in October '75. Yep, you got it: four months and ten days later. On the site of some several hundred acres, were 30 Spartan and 70 Sprint Anti-ballistic missile silos, all ironically, equipped with nuclear warheads of up to 5 megatons.
Although mothballed since '75, the Army still maintains the property.
Wondering why the Army would need this white elephant, I've been on their case to sell it, naturally without any luck.... as yet:)

Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

View across one of the silo fields.
Photo by Julie R. neidlinger.

Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

It just gets better every time I see it.
Photo by Julie R. Neidlinger.

Silver Chair

One of the coolest office chairs ever designed. Everyone goes on and on and on about the Herman Miller Aeron chair, and yes, I'm sitting in it as I write this, and yes, it is comfy, but so too is the Silver Chiar, designed by Germany's Hadi Teherani and Partners, and manufactured by Interstuhl. As a designer, sometimes you see things that make you say: "Damn, I wish I had designed that".


Inspired by the brutal strength of the silo, this seat is the latest in a series of furniture designs from my studio. Designed to withstand hurricanes, this outdoor unit is surprisingly comfortable for even the booziest BBQs, especially as the backrest gives a little under pressure.
Material: galvanised mild steel.
Price: $480.00 inc GST.

Puerta America Hotel

This is getting silly, but you have to admire their Spanish balls. Architects and designers from all over have been ask to contribute to each floor of this Madrid Hotel. The list includes Foster and Chipperfield amongst others.


In case you're wondering, this is an armoire for the 21st century. It's materials are equally modern with carbon-fibre being the principle ingredient. I designed it about twelve years ago.


The Nomos Table for Tecno by Sir Norman Foster.
I only wish I could afford one:(

Mystery Clock

Marc Newson's Mystery Clock. There's something about that mushroom shape that makes me think it would not look out of place in an ICBM silo.

Merrell Boots

without a doubt, the most fabulous shoes I’ve ever owned. I’ve not taken them off for twelve months now, and they’re still in exactly the same condition they were when I purchased them.

I had to take my H1 to Burlington Vermont to have a tire changed. The guy told me it was going to take four hours.

I said “Can’t you start now?”

He said “We are.”

They obviously didn’t have a lot of experience with Hummer tires, so I headed over to the sport shoe shop opposite, and selected these Merrells. I then walked seven miles. Three hours later, and so impressed with the shoes, I returned to the store and purchased a second pair, just in case.

Believe it or not, it eventually took six hours to change one tire on the H1!

Merrell Hiking Thermo Moc Waterproof boots

Indestructable, incredibly comfortable, pre-creased, and straight out of Star Treck! Gotta love’m.

Colours: Black or Earth Brown (illustrated)

Klein Bottle House

Not sure what bottles have to do with this house just outside of Melbourne Australia. Nevertheless, it presses all the right buttons for me. McBride Charles Ryan were the Architects.

Jos van der Meulen

Paper bags made of unused billboard posters sewn together by Goods of Amsterdam. Reuse, recycle, rebirth: yeh Maan!

Jewish Museum

Or should I say: the Contemporary Jewish Museum in S.F. California. Packed with symbols, which escape me, Libeskind was the architect.

Issey Miyake

Two birds with one stone. I've used the link to the Issey Miyake Tribeca store because it was designed by Frank Gehry, although it does leave me cold. Maybe you need to be there or something.

Hummer H1

The most ecologically disastrous production vehicle on the planet. Immensely underpowered and over weight, handles like the QE2 on valium, can't stop, can't turn, can't carry anything of size, and don't even talk to me about reliability ... because I own it! But, I just love it to death, which is probably what it'll do to me if a pass another Greens convention. Fortunately for the world, they no longer produce them for public consumption. And yeh, yeh, don't bother complaining: I know I'm schizo when it comes to this - having built one of the most solar-passive houses in the country, contributed to Green Peace and Amnesty regularly, and always mouthing off about global warming. My vapid defence is that it only gets driven twice a year, so there!


The new word in carts by Florian Dobe. Yeeeha!

Frank Gehry

Whilst I'm on the subject of Gehry:
I'm so enamored of this guy's work, I feel the need to launch a fan club just to get over it.
This project - The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, launched Gehry into the strataferic heights of Mies van der Rohe and Lloyd Wright. Now this is just my observation, but he's also got a lot to thank my other Hall-of-Famer, Philippe Starck, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Gehry Partners have, for some inexplicable reason, chosen to put very few resourses into their website, so you might be better off just to Google his name if you want to see more of his work.

Emergency Tent

This emergency tent system by Robert Nightingale is as ingenious as it's beautiful. The container it comes in is also the water storage system.

Butterfly stool

Sori Yanagi's 1954, elegantly simple molded plywood stool, but DON'T buy the cusion for it - yuk!

Beocenter 9000

The Bang & Olufsen Beo 9000.

B-2 Stelth Bomber

Its primary function aside, this is one of the most truly beautiful flying objects.

Apple Computers

Occasionally throughout history, the bar is moved so high, the competition symply resign themselves to second place.
Apple Computers really is a company I'll like to work for.
Any chance of a job Mr Jobs?

Alufelt Chair

And nor can I help but illustrate a few examples of this guy's work - Mark Newson. Not only is he a design genius, but I'm viariously proud to say he's an Aussie bloke. Guys like this always make me feel I can do a lot better.

Airstream Interior

I can't remember if this is anything like the original design


Finally, they're making them again.

1 Solar Banking

This is how I intend to collect light and heat, and drag it kicking and screaming down into the silo using the massive air ducts that still exist inside. Dream on, Alex!

01 Mini Solar Bank

And this is how I'll be testing the theory. It's a small version of the Solar Bank located over the Emergency Escape Hatch.
Under the hatch is a concrete tube leading directly into the head of the Launch Control Centre, and so aside from the rather complex system of ducting, the idea is to suck the heat down, but not the air, which is often laden with water in the North Country. When it is hot and dry, it's just a matter of opening a vent to draw in the fresh air.