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Alessi Kids Competition Attracted a Range of Singular Desktop Doodads

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: • References: redboxinnovation and notcot.org
No workspace is complete without a stapler, scissors, some file folders and sticky notes, but all of these items are rendered less recognizable when reinvented by the Alessi Kids competition.

The Italian design factory called for submissions from students at the Switzerland University of Art and Design, and the initial challenge to create desktop necessities proved to be a great one. It's very difficult to reimagine everyday objects that adhere to the same functional and aesthetic conventions from office to office, but these bright young minds came up with some rather refreshing refinements.

Coiled cork board pins are ideal for hanging small objects and grasping handwritten notes. Rounded folders give storing documents another dimension. Gravity-defying paperclip magnets, like many of the other idiosyncratic items from the Alessi Kids competition seem to add a playful and contemporary twist to the utilitarian appeal of Bauhaus industrial design.