Smoke detectors aren’t the most exciting gadgets to discuss or the most attractive to look at. However, there are few things in your house that are more important. Louise van der Veld, a Dutch designer, undertook a redesign of the smoke detector and won a design contest in her country. She based her design on the American black-capped chickadee, the tiny birds miners used to take into the mines with them as an early warning system for dangerous gases. The alarm is fully UL-approved and warrantied for 3 years. The Chick-a-Dee Smoke Detector has a status light that blinks every minute to let you know it’s working. (Batteries should work for 18 months.) It sounds an 85dB alarm when smoke is detected. The smoke detector is available in black and white, as shown, or in all white. It’s attractive enough to put in every room in your house, and would be especially cute in a baby’s or young child’s room. It’s available for $75 from A + R Store.