Sony have unveiled an LED lightbulb that doubles as a bluetooth speaker. There have been a few smartphone-controlled lightbulbs released in the last couple of years, and bluetooth speakers are everywhere, so I suppose this was inevitable. The bulb simply screws into a socket and connects wirelessly to your network. It will be released in Japan on 23 May for ¥23,880 ($199 / £130).
Konstantin Grcic’s latest designs for Mattiazzi is a collection of wooden benches and chairs. What is usual when most design studios work with a manufacturer with access to 5-axis CNC technology are organic shapes and flowing joins, such as Mattiazzi’s offerings by the Bouroullec’s or Industrial Facility. I quite like this collection’s use of flat planes and angles.
The Offset Frame chair by Nendo for Kokuyo is a nice example of one plastic shell being used on a range of bases to create a minimal yet varied collection. The frame is available in three colours and eight different styles, and the shell in six colours as well as with fabric or leather covers. The key detail is at the back where the shell does not quite meet the frame, providing a handle to pull the chair in and out or a rail to hang things off.