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From a birds-eye-view, it looks like an alien, but from the side it looks like a kidney bean. What is this strange object? A few of you thought it could “phone home,” but staff blogger Kayla guessed right, saying it has “a super-alien glow.”

Coco Design Foscarini Table Lamp

The Foscarini Coco Table Lamp, available in red and white, can bring modern character to any room. Italian designer and architect Aldo Cibic created the Coco lamp using blown satin glass for the shade and lacquered metal for the base. (Cibic was actually one of the original partners of the architecture firm that built the first Esprit shops in Europe.)

With the mix-and-match trend that’s happening right now, you don’t even have to have a modern home to sport this funky lamp. It could be especially fun in a kid’s bedroom or playroom, too.

I usually go for a more traditional style, but next to that art, I really like this piece. What do you think?

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Don’t let its alien appearance frighten you because this object’s use wouldn’t be foreign in any home.

What the...?

A phone home might help you figure this one out. Give us your best guess in the comment area below. Tomorrow the mystery will be solved.

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This week’s What the…? object isn’t as (emotionally) heavy as the Styx song, Come Sail Away, but it has the perfect shape to catch a breeze. If you’re interested in navigating the open waters, this isn’t where you’d look. In fact, you probably couldn’t even fit your foot in it.

What the...?

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Anchors away!

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Brandi Armes was right on with her answer, “a toy chest.” Although, it doesn’t necessarily have to be used for toys. It could look really cool as a functional work of art in a modern living room. (Secretly, I love KatheryneNix’s answer, “the back of a toilet.”)

Design Happens - El Baul by Magis Metoo

Spanish designer Javier Mariscal created this funky trunk for the Italian home decor company MagisMe Too products, “a collection of objects and furniture for children between two and six years old.” This isn’t a typical throw-in-the-basement type of bin; El Baul, as it’s named, is made with a material called rotational-molded polyethylene. Golf balls and pink flamingo lawn accents are made with a similar molding process.

Would you use El Baul in the grown-up areas or children-oriented spaces in your home?

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This week’s odd looking object kind of resembles a misshapen golf ball, but that’s definitely not what it is. In fact, it’s way too large to fit in a golf bag.

What the...?

If you think you have a clue as to what this strange object is, leave your answer in the comment box below. And be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you were the first to guess correctly.

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Baseball season’s in full swing, and Americans are filling the stands at little league fields and stadiums alike. While it may look a bit like a vintage Louisville Slugger, this week’s “What the…?” isn’t a baseball bat. If it were, it would definitely break MLB regulations.

What the...?

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Play ball!

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To be honest, I thought we’d see more “paper weights,” but you guys weren’t fooled. Heather was the first to chime in with “bookends,” followed by an assured agreement from AmberBamber. Amy PureHome had a great idea that they “could probably also work as some cool door stoppers.”

Ben Seibel Bronze Bookends

These “orb” copper bookends are a specialty design from Jenfredware by 1950′s architect and artist Ben Seibel. While most of Seibel’s works are light dinnerware, these heavier copper bookends are a rare species. (They look like the perfect fit for a bohemian-style interior or mid-century modern home to me.)

Are you one to use bookends? Or are your bookshelves exploding with too many books to fit bookends? Let us know in the comment area below.

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Last week’s set of sconces generated some interesting responses, so I can’t wait to see what you guess for this oddly-shaped pair. Hint: If you didn’t notice, you can see the photographer’s reflection. That should help a little with its size.

What the...?

Check back tomorrow on Design Happens to see who guessed right. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the first to get it!

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I can totally see how Greg and Lana thought these were some sort of Rolodex. Jeff, Amber and Amy PureHome were so close, but Mel Heth said the magic words! This week’s What the…? are custom (or ”funky” as Mel put it) wall sconces by the Danish design firm Fog and Morup.

Architect Aage Herlow Wall Sconce & Pendant

Wall Sconce :: Pendant

Modernist architect Aage Herlow custom designed these wall sconces we found on 1st Dibs for the St. Michaelis Church in Fredericia Denmark. The aluminum blades were painted in alternating colors, giving them a look that today is so retro-industrial. (I added the ceiling pendant on the right to show what they look like lit up.)

What do you think? Would you put these retro wall sconces in your home or house of worship?

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