Posts By harry

w152

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new from wästberg is the w152 lamp by industrial facility. as well as an led light source, the lamp features three usb sockets for charging other devices. with two different head options that can both rotate 360 degrees, it can also be supplied free-standing with a base or built into a surface.

elements

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elements is a new lamp designed by note design studio for zero. the minimal shades come in floor, table, pendant and wall-mounted versions, with a range of pastel colours available for the fabric.

baux acoustic panels

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form us with love have added larger acoustic panels to their range for baux. the company launched last year with a range of tiles made from wood wool, an environmentally friendly, recyclable material made from wood, cement and water. not only is it sound-absorbent, it also regulates heat and moisture. the larger panels come in different colours and patterns, designed to be used in different combinations on an architectural scale.

pocket operators

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i’ve always loved the design of anything i see from teenage engineering, but can never justify buying anything by them for myself. their op-1 is a lovely looking thing, but i’m no musician so probably shouldn’t spend €800 on one. that looks set to change with their pocket operators, a collaboration with cheap monday. they come in three models; the po-12 “rhythm” drum machine, po-14 “sub” bass synth and po-16 “factory” melody synth. silicone ‘pro cases’ are also available for each of them.

for a look at them in action, see these videos. the micro-synthesizers cost a mere €59 each. i can definitely justify that!

google project ara

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google’s project ara is a modular smartphone platform. i remember a couple of years ago seeing dave hakkens’ project, as well as prototypes from motorola, but the idea is definitely no longer ‘just a concept’. i really like the idea of a modular phone, where components can be swapped in and out with ease. if your battery is dying, you could just swap it for a new one. your screen cracks, you only need to replace that part, not the whole thing. i look forward to trying one out in the near future.

lacie mirror

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lacie’s latest hard drive design is something a little different. designed by pauline deltour, the surround is a mirrored surface, protected by gorilla glass. it sits at an angle in an ebony wood stand, quite a unique product in this area of the market.

tool

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some nice, minimal details on this adjustable side table, designed by studio irvine for offect.

unit portables updates

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unit portables have updated their range since i last looked, with some nice improvements on small details. the front and inside of the bag features strips of heavy duty material with loops across each strip. these strips allow for smaller units to be attached using solid poppers to hold them in place, allowing you to add, remove and fully customise it.

as well as the shoulder bag (pictured), there is a tablet bag, overnight bag, backpack, and messenger bag, all using the same modular system.

sigg hot and cold

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the latest addition to sigg’s range is a line of thermo bottles. made from high quality 18/8 stainless steel, the bottles keep beverages hot (or cold) for hours thanks to their double-walled vacuum insulation. the bottle’s shape and screw top are reminiscent of original sigg bottles, and are available in four sizes: 0.3l, 0.5l, 0.75l and 1l. the two smaller sizes have a removable tea filter, the two larger sizes have an attachable cup included, and everything is easily dis-assembled for simple cleaning.

oji & design

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some nice new things on the oji & design website since i last visited. my favourites are the cast brass objects manufactured by futagami, including trivets, paperweights and cutlery rest.