Given that earlier today I took a look at the Chick-a-Dee, a smoke detector in the shape of a particularly chatty American songbird, I thought I’d continue the theme of “functional household items inspired by animals” admired at this week's New York International Gift Fair.

From longtime favorite of mine Design House Stockholm comes bamboo Whale Tongs. Unlike the Chick-a-Dee smoke detector, Whale Tongs are more useful than crucial (that is unless you’re big on hosting nautical-themed potluck dinners) and aren't in the full shape of the mighty marine mammal — just the tail. Designed by British Merchant Marine officer-turned-Australian lighthouse keeper-turned-carpenter/designer David Mayhew, bamboo Whale Tongs are a new and more affordable ($25 versus $50) yet no less eye-catching revamp of his previous award-winning Whale Tongs for Design House Stockholm made from exotic Jamjuree wood.
Like those tongs, this handcrafted bamboo redux — meant to complement DHS' absolutely lovely bamboo tabletop line … love the stackable trays — is perfect for serving salads and other foods and has a clever magnetic hinge that allows the tongs to be separated for easy cleaning and storage. And most appropriate for a graceful serving utensil inspired by a “whale’s tail disappearing into the depths,” a portion of the profit from sales of the Wale Tongs is donated to the Save the Whales foundation.
Design House Stockholm Whale Tongs in bamboo are available at the MoMA Store and through Design House Stockholm’s online storefront

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Whale Tongs: Whale-saving bamboo serveware
Great for serving salads and winning over Hayden Panettiere at your next dinner party, David Mayhew's Whale Tongs for Design House Stockholm are now available i