It's about time those maniacal-looking sugar skulls put their creepiness to work. Even better that it's opening the bottles of wine I must consume to calm my anxiety in their presence. Although on second thought, The Day of the Dead Corkscrew may lean more to the cute than the eerie side of unsettling. He's more like a pug, or the Maitlands trying to scare away the Deetzes. Look at his funny little arms. Are you a deceased spirit, Mr. Skeleton, or a ballerina? I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Seriously. Don't haunt me, now! ...seriously.
Obviously inspired by the infamous Mexican holiday, the The Day of the Dead Corkscrew gained notice as an entry into the Mexico Design Challenge, an open call for submissions from up-and-coming Mexican talent. Stephanie Suarez created the skeletal wine assistant, which was subsequently picked up by Ariel Rojo of Gava Design, and manufactured for sale by Kikkerland, online vendor of funky gadgets and artistic reinventions of everyday things.
The corkscrew is made of steel and measures 8" x 3" x 1-1/2". It is suitable for all Day of the Dead fiestas, Halloween celebrations, and households with a penchant for the macabre.
And for the hours of the day that don't lend themselves well to the consumption of vino, check out these Sugar Cube Skulls for pairing with coffee- and tea-centric libations.