Why a duck? Because, admit it, just the sight of it inspires a smile. Just wait to hear the alarm, a duck quack that's too endearing not to make you, er, quack up.
Finnish designer Eero Aarnio created this electronic alarm timer for Italian house Alessi, and the duck's January 2013 debut at the Maison & Objet show in Paris was only trumped by its appearance on the front page of the New York Times in March. Its form is a nod to the long-necked ducks found in Europe. The pop of style and color make it an easy fit in any kitchen. Or consider it for other uses, from timing water-guzzling showers to a kid's post-playtime clean-up.