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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 Link

These small USB buddies 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 Drives
USB Drives
USB Drives

2. Puzzle Alarm Clock Link

For puzzle fans and for all who fall asleep when the alarm clock rings — Puzzle Alarm Clock. 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 Link

Mandarina Cell Phone 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 Phone

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 Link

Mus2 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 Link

Animal Index Reindeer 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 Link

Voodoo knife block. 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 Knives

7. Canape Furniture Link

This is quite a strange canapé 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 Link

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 pillow is for! A truly magnificent idea by Diana Yu-Ju Lin.

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9. Hepper Pod Pet Bed Link

What is it? The Hepper Pod Pet Bed 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 Link

Designed by George Nelson, 1965. Zoo Timers – 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 clock

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This post is one of the finalists of our guest author contest. Over three weeks selected top-10-lists and discussion articles will be published. To rate the articles we’ll analyze their popularity, users activity, quality of backlinks, traffic and further data.

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  1. 1

    First post I hope!

  2. 2

    I’ll be waiting for new things. Please, continue this.

  3. 3

    second, im sure.

  4. 4

    haha, god forbid you ever lost one of those puzzle pieces on that alarm clock.

    (wtf is it with the first post thing, if you can’t say anything constructive, don’t post – It’s just lame)

  5. 5

    Very interesting article with lots of design inspiration. I have to admit though, I’m not sure I would ever get that alarm put back together when I first wake up. I fear it would be broken after two days lol.

  6. 6

    Awesome stuff! We use a ton of those USB Buddies at our office at Designzillas.

  7. 7

    Ummm…what exactly happened to the 1200 character limit? This is over 3000. I know I worked pretty damn hard on editing and sizing down my submission to meet the requirements of this contest.

  8. 8

    Great idea for a post, but really poorly written. Edit next time, please!

  9. 9

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 10, 2008 2:45 pm

    @Jay (#7): there were no limits for top-10-lists.

    @Laura (#8): thank you, noted.

  10. 10

    I agree with Laura – very poorly written, but it’s got some great inspirational things/ideas.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 10, 2008 3:00 pm

    @Joe (#10): we have just edited some parts of the post.

  12. 12

    Very great selection!
    You should also like this retro phone :
    Yubz Talk

    … or maybe this one with Bluetooth :
    Retro handset

    Thanks for sharing Smashing Mag!

  13. 13

    This article is really okay
    Why do you keep saying that it’s poorly written?

  14. 14

    great thinghs…!!!

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    1st Class article.

  16. 16

    I completely disagree with some of the things written here. The retro phone is embarrassingly stupid to use, even if I’m alone at home.

  17. 17

    I’ve seen at least half of these things before, the second half I don’t find beautiful at all (e.g. the alarm clock? It’s cool, but c’mon – not beautiful. Btw. there are tougher ones, like running or even flying away when the alarm starts – available in online stores with funny stuff n’ toys along with the USB buddies and the VooDoo Knife Block -> – just to mention my native one).

    I’d call it rather “10 small things for daily life”. Still, I agree – cool idea for a top-ten-list.

    Btw: isn’t “not bad” (in the poll) an acronym for “average” or something even better? Like “not bad, kid”. It’s rather positive, more than average, I’d say. What about replacing it with ‘poor’ and then ‘very bad’ or something, oppositely to ‘good’ and ‘excellent’? From one extreme to another.

  18. 18

    nice collections. wud like to hav the USB with south park characters (most preferably, Eric Cartman) though :D

  19. 19

    Great stuff, I especially like the Animal Indexes and the shiny pillow! Would love to see some more beautiful things.

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    Jehzeel Laurente

    August 10, 2008 8:07 pm

    this was really great.. specially the Mouse-2! I’m gonna buy that one!

  21. 21

    Have you categorized “Discussion articles” and “top-10 lists” in order to select winners? Are these 12 Winners will be categorize as 6 discussion articles and 6 top 10 lists? Since a limited character discussion article cannot compete with unlimited characters top-10 list. How its going to be judged?

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    Most of the items’ descriptions are copy/pasted..

  24. 24

    Meh, nothing overly special. The mouse was cool though.

  25. 25

    Nice stuff, but I would have liked the list to be longer! I was sad to get to the end so quickly. I don’t know about that chair though, I think it lacks practical function. Good conversation starter, I bet!

    I agree about the “first post” thing, by the way. Save that kiddy crap for lolcats websites where its at least kind of cute. No one cares if you’re first here. What’s the point? Do you grab your friends and go, “ooh look, I’m first on Smashing Magazine?”


  26. 26

    Not a fan of this article unfortunately. One or two things I hadn’t see before, but basically seemed like a trip through

    Keep the posts featured on design (web, graphic, etc) and I’ll be a happy camper.. :)

  27. 27

    Inspirational for some. The puzzle clock will break your morning lol.

  28. 28

    I really like the gadgets, I would love to have the puzzle clock. Nice article!

  29. 29

    Not bad, interesting, but not really inspiring.

  30. 30

    Excellent examples to entartete kunst.


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