The humble paperclip. A thing of simple beauty, still in use over 140 years or more since it’s first patent in the United States in 1867. Also, more commonly used for purposes not related to holding paper together. Stress toy, or nail cleaner anyone?
We like the clever use of it’s shape in the bicycle railings shown here (photo by Ardent Eye), and in the creation of a colourful alphabet by handmadefont.com. Lastly, we are impressed by the story of the little red paperclip shown here which, through a series of online trades by Kyle Macdonald, became a (real) 2 bedroom house. Details here.