Generally speaking, smoke alarms are not among the objects you want to show off in your home. But the Lento smoke alarm from Finnish design company Jalo Helsinki has been redesigned from the ground up. The utilitarian object has been recast as a far more attractive accessory that seems almost like a decoration rather than a life-saving device.
The most striking aspect of the redesign is the smoke detector’s shape. Gone is the standard nondescript box that is meant to blend into your ceiling. Instead, the Lento smoke alarm is shaped like a colorful moth (or fly on the wall?). It can attach to a wall or a ceiling in seconds with mounting tape – no tools required.
“Lento 10 is the same playful and wild, yet technically upgraded Lento smoke alarm with no battery changes ever needed. The figurative and playful design is perfect for children’s room or as a spicy detail for home interior. Lento 10 is available in five different colors.”
But the new smoke alarm isn’t just playful and beautiful; it is also easier to use than the ones we are all used to. There is no teeny-tiny button to push in order to test the system, and there is no need to wave a towel in front of the unit to stop a false alarm. These functions are handled by simply pressing on the body of the smoke detector.
Is it possible to turn the usually-hidden smoke detector into an object of beauty? Will buyers choose to attach a stylish fly to their walls rather than sticking with the familiar (but nearly invisible) old design? In the opinion of Jalo Helsinki and the accomplished designers behind this unusual product, safety can be playful and beautiful – and we agree.
“Lento Smoke alarm utilizes photoelectric detection technology to sense smoke from different types of fires. Unit’s photoelectric (optical) detection method works by sensing infrared rays scattered by visible smoke particles. The smoke alarm is equipped with a self diagnostic and checking feature to
ensure correct operation through its service life. The device operates so that
when the smoke is present, device will release a loud and continuous warning siren to alert residents. “