Images: Louise van der Veld
Every time I use the oven it seems like our smoke alarm goes off.  I call it our dinner bell.  It might not annoy me as much if the smoke alarm looked and sounded something like this.

Shown recently at the 2012 NY International Gift Fair, this is the Chick-a-Dee smoke detector. A previous winner of the Mooi uit de brand design competition, the Chick-a-Dee previously sold in the Netherlands and has just recently been approved for sale in the U.S. The twee appliance is fashioned after the American Black-capped Chicadee for its size and imitates the bird's call at the first sign of smoke. A louder, more sustained alarm is given off if the smoke thickens and persists. The Chick-a-Dee is designed by Dutch artist and designer Louise van der Veld.

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