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A Little Bird Told Me

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Even design purists are hard-pressed to avoid marring their pristine walls with a dull disk of ribbed plastic: the inevitable smoke detector. A little bird told us that’s all about to change. Meet the Chick-a-Dee, perched perpetually on a branch and ready to emit an 85-decibel-alarm at the first sign of smoke. Originally hatched by Dutch designer Louise van der Veld with an eye to residential interiors, the Chick-a-Dee has winged its way across Europe and is finally bound for North American nests, having been given the all-clear by Underwriters Laboratories. Brooklyn-based neo-utility debuted the device stateside earlier this year at the New York International Gift Fair, and the A+R store will start shipping chicks in a few weeks.