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Cool gadgets for the home

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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What is a gadget? We may be hard pressed to define the word, but we all know one one when we see it. Most often, when we use the word gadget, we are referring to a device that is more than what is seems, to an object that serves multiple functions (even if one is its function is simply to look cool!). Some gadgets might be labelled tools, others accessories or decorations. Perhaps the most defining characteristic of a gadget is that it demonstrates unique and innovative design. Today, from our homify products, we present a list of truly imaginative and original designs. We are sure you'll find a gadget that you'd like to have in your home!

Meals on wheels

 Kitchen by FAIRSENS

KART plates


These serving dishes, from French designers Fairsens, are made using wood from ecologically managed forests. Inspired by children's wagons, they are perfect for making mealtimes more fun for kids, and we guarantee adults will also get a kick out of passing the bread, vegetables, or cheese to the other side of the table! The carts are available in a variety of different sizes so that each kind of food can have its own container. 

Natural time

 Household by Progetti

Clock Circle design Studio Kuadra—Progetti


Before the invention of clocks, people told time based on the changing seasons, the movement of the sun and the growth of plants. This clock, created by Studio Kuadra and sold by Progetti, combines the best of both worlds. The face of the timepiece is completely covered with living moss, whose organic form balances out the geometric lines of the hands and shape. Here, linear time is softened by natural growth. 

Hanging table

Madrid-based design firm Nimio has come up with a clever way to include a table on your balcony or terrace. The Manuela is built to be hung over the railing, and can be installed and removed simply and easily. This little shelf is the perfect size for resting a coffee, a book or an evening glass of wine without taking up too much of your outdoor living space!

Old light, new technology

Like the clock above, this gadget also fuses an old technology with new advances. In this case, design group the Piñata Collective has combined a candle with the form of the lamp. The lampshade is made of candle wax, so that the heat from the light bulb causes it to melt, resulting in a wax sculpture that grows as the electric light burns. The melting wax adds an old-fashioned element to a modern looking light fixture!

Cute speakers

 Nursery/kid's room by TING

Tip top


Here is another gadget that is sure to please both the young and the young at heart! This combination speaker system and music player has been designed to look like a cute creature with a long nose. The nose is, in fact, more than it seems, as it can be removed and used as a remote control to adjust volume. 

Toothpick surprise

This toothpick holder, by Nomad2 Diffuse Design, meets all the criteria of a successful gadget: it is clever, useful, aesthetically pleasing and makes you want something you may never have thought you needed! One of the most interesting things about the design is its blend of seemingly very different geometric shapes. An oval, spotted with raised dots, opens to reveal a sphere covered in rays like a star. In an even more unexpected development, the rays turn out to be toothpicks!

Whimsical light

Designer Nicolas Ghilissen has created a lamp that illuminates the room not only with its light, but also with its unique form. The lamps blends an industrial, tripod-like structure with an almost whimsical colour scheme. As you can see in the photo, the lamps are available in two sizes, and their scale, in both the cute, short version, and the elongated, tall version, helps to contribute the sense of unexpected playfulness that these lamps convey.

What do you think of these gadgets? Share your thoughts below!
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