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In response to a comment we received last week, your hint for this week’s What the…? is that it’s absolutely not a coat hanger, bench or chair. So what is it? Or rather, what are they?

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Mull this one over, and give us your answer in the comment area below. Tomorrow we’ll announce who was the first to guess correctly.

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I’m not too motor savvy, but this object, with its fluid curves and shiny finish, kind of looks like it belongs attached to a souped-up car or motorcycle. As for a hint as to its size, it’s much, much bigger than a bread box.

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Give us your best guess in the comment area below, and we’ll be watching for the first person to get it right. Find out who that is tomorrow. Be sure to check back.

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The American Breed’s 1968 hit song Bend Me, Shape Me was the first thing that popped into my head when I came across this week’s mystery object. While it may look like a piece of modern art, it’s function is quite practical.

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Here are two little hints to keep you on track…it isn’t a child’s toy, and it’s too large to fit on a table. Give us your guess. And be sure to check back tomorrow for the big reveal.

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If you tend to need as much extra space as you can get, then this week’s What the. . . ? might be an ideal addition to your living room. What are they? mycreativepath was the first to submit a guess and hers was right. (I’m impressed.) When they’re put away one beneath the other, the tiered levels of these Gianfranco Frattini-designed Cassina stacking low tables appear to be one solid cylinder. One of the coolest aspects of the design is that the laminate tops are reversible. Depending on the day, you can let your mood decide: white or black.

Cassina Nesting Tables - Designer Gianfranco Frattini

Italian designer Frattini started his career in industrial design and is best remembered today as a major player in the Italian design movement of the late 1950s and 60s, as well as for his Boa lamp. If you’ve been looking for a set of tables like these, I found them for sale at 1stdibs.com. For a deeper look at the design of these tables, check out the Cassina gallery on architonic.com.

Don’t forget, we’re always interested to see what strange objects you find. If something sparks your imagination, let us know at designhappens@hgtv.com.

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Got a guess as to this week’s mystery object? It isn’t intended for drumming like it may appear. And to give you a little hint as to scale, I initially thought it was a stack of coasters, but this wouldn’t fit on a kitchen counter.

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Give it a whirl. We’ll be eyeing your responses for the correct answer. Check back in tomorrow to find out who nailed it first.

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While it resembles the object in the opening shot of the film Inception, this week’s mystery design is not a spintop. Want a hint as to scale? It’s too big to fit on a table. So, shot glass is out.

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Looking forward to your guesses and seeing who gets it right first. That, we will reveal tomorrow.

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So, what do you think? Don’t let the purple throw you off. It’s a handy gadget for women and men. Take a minute to mull it over, then give us your best guess.

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We’ll be checking in to peek at your responses. Be sure to return tomorrow to see the answer, and find out if you were the first to get it right.

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Put your thinking caps on, because it’s time for this week’s mystery item.

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It’s a puzzlement, yes? Looking forward to your guesses. And check back tomorrow for the big reveal.

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What’s your best guess for this week’s mystery item? (When I first saw it, I thought it was a hair pin, which it’s not.) Here’s a hint: its simplistic form ties in closely with its function, maximizing it’s utility.

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Ponder on the given clues and tell us what you think this week’s mystery item could be. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the big reveal.

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I find this week’s mystery item to be extremely visually intriguing. Its organic shape reminds of me of both a tree and a coral reef. But that’s just my imagination running away with me. What’s your best guess for this helpful item? I’ll give you a hint as to scale; it won’t fit on your kitchen counter.

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Take some time to ponder this one, then let us know what you think it is. (Not you, Kelley, best boss ever.) We’ll be checking for your responses. And be sure to come back tomorrow for the answer and to see who got it right.

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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?

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Tease this one out. Your guess just might be the answer. We’ll let you know tomorrow who got it right.

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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.

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I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Be sure to check back to tomorrow for the answer.

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The buzz is “brass is back.”

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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.

 

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What do you think is the function of this intricately carved mystery item?

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Really looking forward to your guesses on this one! Be sure check back tomorrow for the answer.

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We promise no giraffes were harmed in the making of this whimsical yet practical gadget. So what’s this mystery item’s function?

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Ruminate on it, give us your best guess and check back tomorrow for the answer.

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Its form is similar to that of a deflating hot air balloon. What’s your guess for this mystery item’s use?

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We’ll be watching for your guesses, and check back tomorrow for the answer.

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For this week’s mystery item, I’ll give you a hint: it’s not a dollhouse. I think Barbie might feel a tad exposed living in one of these.

What the...?We’ll be watching for your guesses, and check back tomorrow for the answer.

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We return to designer Philippe Starck and the Alessi Italian Design Factory for this week’s “What the…?” (Remember his clock from two weeks ago?)

Though Whitney’s head massager guess was my favorite, Susan was the first to get it right. She must have been craving a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Nestliving sells the juicy salif citrus squeezer, “one of the icons of design of the 1990s, and one of the most provocatively intelligent articles in the Alessi catalogue.” It’s a great conversation piece for a contemporary or modern kitchen, and I especially love how its thoughtful design employs gravity to ensure the juice slides right into the glass.

We’d drink up any mystery finds you send our way, so email us at designhappens@hgtv.com

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On first glance, this week’s “What the…?” just might make your skin crawl. Especially if you’re afraid of spiders … or aliens that resemble spiders. So, what’s your best guess for what this object is used for?

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