Smoke detectors are a necessary evil, and until right this minute our choices ranged from ugly and uglier to ugliest and absolutely not.
Enter the Chick-a-Dee! A darling, bird-shaped smoke detector designed by artist Louise Van Der Veld for a Dutch design contest in 2006.
Available in pastel shades of blue, pink, green and white, the chick was inspired by clip-on birds used as Christmas tree decorations. Van Der Veld said she chose the shape because birds are known to call to one another when they sense danger.
This one does exactly that. As soon as smoke is detected the alarm sounds an 85 decibel chirping (or chick-a-dee-dee) sound. Increasing smoke sets off a more urgent, dee-dee-dee sound. Modeled after the American Black-capped Chickadee, the vigilant bird is perched on a branch, which also serves as a mounting system to attach the alarm to the wall or ceiling.
In January, the Chick-a-Dee, was nominated by uber-blogger, Evan Orensten (Cool Hunting) as his pick for the New York International Gift Fair's Blogger's Choice Award given for product innovation, design and style. The judges agreed, adding yet another award to a growing roster of kudos for this hip chick.
Previously available online and in the EU (@$75), the Chick-a-Dee is expected to land in U.S. and Canadian (via Brooklyn, NY-based distributor Neo-Utility) stores this month.
Now that's worth tweeting about!
Photography courtesy of The Initiator & Company.