Hold it right there! That’s just what this week’s “What the…?” is designed to do. Congratulations pixelecho69, you got it right first.
Designed by Dreamfarm, the Jot is perfect for hanging, holding or hooking small essentials (like those ever elusive keys) that might otherwise disappear (into the couch abyss) such as toothbrushes (divrchk), electronic cords (Sylvie R) and wooden spoons (Kenna). With the ability to latch on to any smooth surface, you can place them wherever you fancy.
If you happen to come across any unconventional designs you think would make a great mystery item, send them to us as firstname.lastname@example.org.
I must have Easter on the brain, because when I look at this week’s mystery item, I keep seeing jelly beans. (They may be just as colorful, but these gadgets are not edible.) What is the purpose of those two extruding organically shaped spheres?
Tease this one out. Your guess just might be the answer. We’ll let you know tomorrow who got it right.
Behold the Fusillo Bench by Italian designer Marco Goffi. This funky piece of furniture comfortably seats three. Christine was the first non-HGTV staff member to guess correctly this week! (Kelley, you’re a great boss, but stop. Stop playing. Really.)
Goffi’s aim was to create a seating option that encourages social interaction due to its unusual design. So I ask…if you saw this bench in a public park, would you be more likely start a conversation with a stranger?
When I first came across this design, I was immediately intrigued by its crumbled appearance. The form is suggestive of wasted scraps, but I knew from its sleek high gloss finish that it had to have a meaningful use.
Any guesses for what this piece is used for? I’ll give you a hint as to scale: it definitely would not fit on your kitchen counter.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Be sure to check back to tomorrow for the answer.
Awesome guess, Heather, you’re spot on. This week’s “What the…?” is a streamlined-modern desk lamp. This item would make a sweet addition to any contemporary office design. (I love the two slits in the visor, so a hint of light escapes from the top.)
Now that you know brass it back, I guarantee you’ll start seeing it everywhere. Antique stores, craigslist and 1stdibs are all great places to score some on-trend brass accessories for your home or office.
And if you happen to find a mysterious item you think would make a great “What the…?”, be sure to email it to us at email@example.com.
The buzz is “brass is back.”
This collage of interestingly arranged geometric shapes form a _________. (Fill in the blank.) We’ll be monitoring the comments to see who guesses correctly first. And remember to check back tomorrow for the answer.
Ming was the first to guess correctly. This week’s “What the…?” is an oak bar stool by designer Nic Stubbenhagen, perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest. (Yes, we’re early, but we couldn’t wait until the fall to post this.)
The intricate carving, reminiscent of a double-headed eagle emblem, looks like something a traditional woodworker would made. In fact, some incredibly sophisticated technology went into producing the stool. Nic employed an industrial waterjet cutting machine by Flow Europe that blasts water mixed with quartz sand accelerated to the speed of sound to create the elaborate design in what was a solid hunk of oak.
If you happen to come across any mysterious finds, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you think is the function of this intricately carved mystery item?
Really looking forward to your guesses on this one! Be sure check back tomorrow for the answer.
This week’s “What the…?” is not a toilet seat cover, although it would make a cool one on a tankless commode…until some late night/early morning when you forget to lift the seat. (Ouch!) Katie was the first to guess correctly that this is, in fact, a door knocker.
This Giraffe In Hand Knocker is one of many cool vintage-styled and bohemian chic finds at Anthropologie and a fun way to greet visitors to your home. I also like their woodpecker design.
Orange you going to send us your mysterious design finds at email@example.com?
We promise no giraffes were harmed in the making of this whimsical yet practical gadget. So what’s this mystery item’s function?
Ruminate on it, give us your best guess and check back tomorrow for the answer.