10 Beautiful Things For A Beautiful Life


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Written by Irina

We are using a lot of beautiful things every day. Once we understand how beautiful they are, the life is becoming better and more interesting… and when not… well, then they still make our life more interesting! There are some truly beautiful things to make our life a little bit more unusual and vivid. Most of them are quite usual but they can make our life and the lives of people around us a little bit more spectacular. The question is: do we need these things? – Of course we do!

1. USB Buddies

These small USB buddies4 look sweet and cool, but they are also damn useful! They look very distinctive and are available in a variety of styles — a small toy for big adults.

USB Drives5

USB Drives6

USB Drives

2. Puzzle Alarm Clock

For puzzle fans and for all who fall asleep when the alarm clock rings — Puzzle Alarm Clock7. Nobody sleeps through this! It wakes you up by firing four puzzle pieces up in the air and then it is your task to get the pieces and put them back in the alarm clock — it won’t turn off until then.


3. Mandarina Cell Phone

Mandarina Cell Phone9 is something really beautiful for girls! Very colored, very feminine and very sweet! A mobile phone designed by Italian fashion brand Mandarina Duck. This colorful design creates a good mood and looks sexy; but it has some useful features and nostalgic accessories as well.

Mobile Phone10

This retro-phone is at least as cool as Mandarina Cell Phone. A nice modern mobile phone with a retro-look. For the following suppliers of mobile phones usually no adapters are needed: Blackberry, Sanyo, LG, Panasonic, Sharp and Motorola. If you have another supplier you’ll need a special adapter.


4. Mouse-2

Mus211 is great for office equipment! Mus2 is a cordless optimal mouse which not only moves the mouse cursor on the display, but also looks like a mouse cursor. A pretty cool mouse which will manage to create the “Wow”-effect among your colleagues. Designed by Artemy Lebedev.


5. Animal Index Reindeer

Animal Index Reindeer13 is an index in the shape of animals that seem to jump right out of – and back into – your books. Decorate your shelves with these amusing indexes by inserting them among books or CDs, or using them as a way to mark areas where you removed an item. These animals will playfully make their home in your shelves.



6. Designer’s Knives Voodoo

Voodoo knife block16. Who said that kitchen knives should be placed in a wood block? These voodoo knives set is an excellent present for those who love black humor. The little buddy has magnets next to the holes which will help you to stick the knife right into his body. Designed by the industrial designer Raffaele Iannello from Italy.

Voodoo Knives17

7. Canape Furniture

This is quite a strange canapé18 designed by Lila Jang. Well, you won’t be able to stretch your body with this one, but if you often write with the paper placed on your knees, you will appreciate the beauty and comfort of this piece.


8. Shining Pillow

Isn’t it nice to sit in a dark room and observe something bright and shining? Right, it is! But it is even more beautiful to put you arms around something soft and shining and cuddle up to it! That’s what a shining pillow20 is for! A truly magnificent idea by Diana Yu-Ju Lin.

Light Pillow21

9. Hepper Pod Pet Bed

What is it? The Hepper Pod Pet Bed22 offers the security of a mountaintop cave with way more style. It serves as your pet’s own personal sanctuary — a perfect place for curling up to snooze, hide, or reign supreme. For cats and small dogs.


10. Zoo Timers

Designed by George Nelson, 1965. Zoo Timers24 – colorful personalities from the animal kingdom – contrast sharply with Nelson’s sculptural wall clocks from the 1950’s thanks to their graphic touch. The Zoo Timers offer a playful and enjoyable approach to telling the time. These clocks are produced from the original design documents from the Nelson archive with the blessings of the George Nelson estate.

Elephant clock25

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  2. 2 http://twitter.com/smashingmag
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  4. 4 http://sleevage.com/the-white-stripes-icky-thump/
  5. 5 http://sleevage.com/the-white-stripes-icky-thump/
  6. 6 http://sleevage.com/the-white-stripes-icky-thump/
  7. 7 http://www.bimbambanana.com/index.php?p=Puzzle-alarm-clock-cool-gadgets&side=visProd&prod_id=21
  8. 8 http://www.bimbambanana.com/index.php?p=Puzzle-alarm-clock-cool-gadgets&side=visProd&prod_id=21
  9. 9 http://duckside.mandarinaduck.com/mandarina_duck_cell_phone/
  10. 10 http://duckside.mandarinaduck.com/mandarina_duck_cell_phone/
  11. 11 http://store.artlebedev.ru/office/equipment/mus2/
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  21. 21 http://www.rit.edu/cias/industrialdesign/diana.lin/images/rei/fig_final/index.html
  22. 22 http://www.designpublic.com/shop/hepper/9333
  23. 23 http://www.designpublic.com/shop/hepper/9333
  24. 24 http://hivemodern.com/products/?view=sub_product&sid=1356&cid=42&cid2=49
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  1. 1

    A more accurate title would have been 10 Random Things I Saw On Notcot.org.

    As someone else has already pointed out, every other description is either barely paraphrased or copied directly from other websites. It’s just advertising text rebranded – badly – as an original article.

    There’s no unifying theme or style in either the items themselves or the accompanying text. No attempt was made to explain why any given item is worthy of the epithet “beautiful” – some of it, in fact, is pretty damned ugly.

    I understand that the articles were chosen on the merit of their ability to generate controversy, but there’s a fairly significant difference between an article being controversial for its original, articulate, calculated stance on an issue, and an article being controversial because most of its shoddy content was simply plagiarized. This is the latter. Not cool, Smashing Magazine.

  2. 52

    Have the finalists of the guest post contest all been notified or will they just be surprised by seeing their post up one day?

  3. 103

    Grr, my formatting got messed up – that first paragraph should read:

    “… every other article is either barely paraphrased or directly copied from other websites. It’s just advertising text rebranded – badly – as an original article.”

  4. 154

    “Most of them are ORDINARILY but they can make our life and the lives of people around us a little bit more spectacular.”
    I truly wish that a website that claims (in its url) to be a magazine would restrict its articles to those that are written by people with an understanding of the English language. At the very least you could hire an editor.

  5. 205

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 11, 2008 6:33 am

    @thomas (#52): no, the finalists have not been notified.

  6. 256

    Oh common SM, even this cannot be compared to your past article “50 Photoshop Tutorials for Sky and Space Effects”

    These objects are corny, and most of them will not be publicly displayed by a self-respecting person much less a designer.

    If this is a tease of whats to come then I tremble with fear and zero anticipation.

  7. 307

    I think the comment I made this morning is in your spam inbox :D (or maybe I put too much links?)

  8. 358

    This site never ceases to amaze me. I loved the glowing pillow and book holders. Really unique stuff. Keep inspiring us designers :)

    Joseph Maguire

  9. 409

    Very nice article. I love voodoo knife block and shining pillow. Great work and cool inpiration! LOL

  10. 460

    isn’t “not bad” (in the poll) an acronym for “average” or something even better?

    You mean synonym? An acronym for “not bad” would be “N.B.”

  11. 511

    The items are interesting but the writing is poorly done.

  12. 562

    not an original idea but still a nice article…

  13. 613

    I’m surprised the cardboard safari didn’t make the cut.


  14. 664

    Thank you for including my project –Shining Pillow– in your 10 beautiful things for a beautiful life. However, could you maybe update the website?

    The correct website is http://www.dianalindesign.com/products/rei.html

    Thanks! I really appreciate it. The old website is having some problems and I need to fix it.
    Thanks again!!!

  15. 715

    i wish retro phone is in my hand :(
    Smashing! you always post nice article like always,

  16. 766

    meh, average, the “mouse2″ is really really old, and the retrophone should really link to the hulger phones, as they were the original (as Pokia) and are infinitely cooler.

  17. 817

    beautiful desingers and good idea…

  18. 868

    #60 Aadvark: “synonym”, of course. 5:51AM after working all night long did the trick.. I’m also used to make strange typos in my native language when tired ;-)

  19. 919

    I’ve got the the Voodoo knife at home, really like :)

  20. 970

    Not crazy about most of this stuff. There are much more “beautiful” alternatives for each of these. Maybe “interesting” or “unique” would have been better?

  21. 1021

    wow very good!!!!!

  22. 1072

    Cool Stuff

  23. 1123

    Cool stuff. I hope this article wins the contest. I avoid buying useless stuff but I’d like to purchase many of the oddities listed here.

  24. 1174

    Great article, Cashing Magazine, but you should change the article to:

    “Ten beautiful things for conspicuous consumers who like to waste plastic and money”

  25. 1225

    i am looking for those posters of Tomasz Opasinski, do any of you know where i can find it?

  26. 1276

    I like that … it look good to me!!! thanks for sharing

  27. 1327

    Web design Romania

    September 4, 2008 10:40 pm


  28. 1378

    most imp thing GIRL FRIEND Is not mentioned there..

  29. 1429

    Mufeed Ahmad (web Designer)

    November 12, 2008 3:25 am

    yes good designs
    But we can make it more beautiful

  30. 1480


    May 26, 2009 8:36 am

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  31. 1531

    Dave Nevill - Web Designer

    July 7, 2009 8:10 am

    I’m really need to get some of those USB Buddies! They look awesome. And the addon retro phone thing would be great to talk on at a stop light.

  32. 1582

    That’s really cool! Thanks for sharing~

  33. 1633

    wow, these things look awesome


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