10 ingenious products pinned on Pinterest
In addition to being the perfect place to plan your imaginary wedding and build an expensive wardrobe without dropping a dime, Pinterest has become a virtual scrapbook for some fabulously innovative home products and gadgets. We scoured the popular site for some of the most inventive merchandise that its pinners deemed worthy of pinning.
Sometimes the most inventive designs are the simplest. Enter the Savone plates by Metaphys, which were inspired by the natural formations made by bubbles. The plates have divisions that separate seasons or sauces from your food. Or, as the website suggests, you can use the small sections as a portion control guide for meals and snacks.
Ute Australian Design Bowlboard
When you need to cut up tons of different ingredients for dinner — and you want to keep them separate but in the same space — check out Bowlboard, which features individual bowls to keep your food preparation organized. The board can also be used as a serving piece for appetizers and dips. Bowlboard is made of eco-friendly carbonized bamboo.
Chicago Metallic Batter Dispenser
We all know that getting batter into those teeny tiny cupcake tins is one of the slowest processes ever. Struggle no more with the Chicago Metallic Batter Dispenser from Sur La Table. The dispenser drops the right amount of batter without the mess. It works well for pancakes, waffles, cupcakes and more.
Adirondack Chair & Porch Swing Squirrel Feeder
If you want to offer your backyard wildlife a comfortable respite from destroying your garden, give them this thoughtful gift: the Adirondack Chair & Porch Swing Squirrel Feeder. The metal patio furniture replica keeps your squirrels away from bird-feeders. We think the website put it best: "Inject great backyard style and humor PLUS reduce bird seed theft with the Adirondack Chair for intimate single-squirrel dining.”
OK, so this is not really the definition of necessity, but the Swing Table by Duffy London design studio is one of the most ingenious — and fun — tables we’ve ever seen. Designed by Christopher Duffy, this four-poster table uses its structure to suspend a central GEO lampshade and eight hanging chairs. We would never leave the kitchen. Weee …
Heated Ice Scraper
Now that winter is right around the corner, all car owners can rest easy with this inspired Heated Ice Scraper from Sharper Image. The tool heats and clears away ice quickly and easily. Plug the scraper into your car's 12-volt outlet, and it’s ready go in a couple of minutes. It also has a built-in rubber squeegee to wipe away excess water.
Cooling Pet Bowl
Keep your pets hydrated with the Cooling Pet Bowl from Sharper Image, which offers a constant reservoir of cool, clean water. Put the plastic bowl liner in the freezer — it changes color when the gel freezes — and then fill it with water. It will stay cool for eight hours or longer.
The Retro 3-in-1 Breakfast Station
The Retro 3-in-1 Breakfast Station is a breakfast lover’s dream. It includes a toaster oven for toasting bread, buns and bagels; a grill for making pancakes, sausages, patties or eggs; and a coffee maker to brew fresh coffee. And there’s no need to wait for each element of your breakfast to be ready, because the Breakfast Station will cook and brew all at the same time.
Chick-A-Dee Smoke Detector
Be alerted to smoke in your home by the cutest smoke detector we’ve ever seen: the Chick-A-Dee Smoke Detector. Designer Louise van der Veld was inspired by the American Black-capped Chickadee bird, which offered music and protection to miners deep in the coal mines in the early part of the last century. The songbirds could detect odorless, colorless gasses, such as carbon monoxide, so when the miners noticed unrest among the birds, they would evacuate. A control light flashes once a minute under normal conditions. But as soon as smoke is detected, an 85-decibel alarm is activated.
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