Metaphys Uzu Cyclone, too pretty to be a vacuum cleaner

Feast your eyes on the Metaphys Uzu Cyclone, yet another example of the explosion of delightful weirdness going on in the vacuum cleaner world. The design trend transforms normally boring suction devices into such forward design that they could almost pass for spacecraft or sea mammals rather than workmanlike floor cleaners.

Designer Chiaki Murata's $398 Uzu Cyclone floor vacuum is an lightweight and unified rechargeable appliance whose handle snaps onto the canister. Its nozzle attachment connects together into a sculptural design that folds up into itself like a Transformer. It's so gorgeous, you'll want to store it out in the open for all to admire rather than hiding it away.

Rakuten, via Oh Gizmo