Chick-a-Dee Smoke Detector

A playful alternative to this home necessity

While navigating the endless maze at the 2012 NY International Gift Fair, we came across this playful take on a home essential, the smoke detector. The Chick-a-Dee is, simply put, a smoke detector shaped like a bird; it brings a bit of life to a device designed to protect it. As the winner of the Mooi uit de brand design competition, the Chick-a-Dee previously sold …

The Thing Quarterly: Issue 16

An epistolary shower curtain from author Dave Eggers

For their upcoming issue, The Thing Quarterly reached out to literary and cultural icon Dave Eggers of McSweeney‘s and 826 Valencia. The collaboration announced today that the next shipment of quarterly objects will contain an epistolary shower curtain with a message inscribed to the person showering. Partnering with couture Parisian shower curtain manufacturer Izola, The Thing and Eggers aim to liven quotidian demands with a …

Hooknook and Squeezers

Clever storage and dispensing solutions by Flip & Tumble

Known for their their eco-friendly ripstop nylon shopping bags, Eva Bauer and Hetal Jariwala—the industrious duo behind Flip & Tumble—keep themselves busy working on a multitude of projects. Two that caught our eye—the wall-mounted hooknook storage solution and the quirky but sleek salt and pepper shakers dubbed “squeezers.” The cylindrical hooknook has a slightly retro look—think ’70s-era school cubbies in miniature form—that belies the serious …