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There are many paths to good design, but here’s one of our favorites: make something simple, useful, and so innovatively shaped that nobody knows what the hell it is.

For instance, these…things.

They’re dumbbells, as luck would have it, and they’re enough to make us wonder why we ever bothered with the old gray metal versions.

They’re also 2kg of solid gold, making them light enough to skip the textured handholds, but still substantial enough to justify a healthy price tag. So if you time the purchase right, you might even turn a profit.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom