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Wanted: A Simple Accessory That Swallows Up Excess Cords

The Danish designer Søren Refsgaard designs a simple solution to a common problem: the mess of cordage surrounding your workstation.

Wanted: A Simple Accessory That Swallows Up Excess Cords

The proliferation of gadgets, invented ostensibly to make our lives easier, create a nagging question: What to do with all that ugly, snaking cordage? Naturally, a slew of products have sprung up to address the issue, mostly variations on spools and zip ties. But this doodad, from the Danish designer Søren Refsgaard for Bald & Bang, stands out as an elegant solution: a rubber ball with two holes for swallowing up to five feet of wire — hence, its pun-y name, Great Ball of Wire.

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“I chose the round shape because it fits almost all interior surroundings — both lying on the floor and hanging from a table lamp on a shelf,” Refsgaard tells Co.Design. He made the first prototype from a sliced-open tennis ball, which worked pretty well but couldn’t hold enough cable. The final version is slightly larger (with a 2.7-inch, versus 2.5-inch, diameter) and comes in nine color options.

ball of wire

Great Balls of Wire are available for $18 apiece at the Finnish Design Shop.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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