Bowers & Wilkins P3s Blue Themselves
It’s amazing how the right color scheme can make a design so much better. I never liked the look of Bowers & Wilkins’ P3 headphones until they recently released these blue versions. Now I’m resisting the urge to buy a pair.
Check it: More industrial design on Albotas
Buy: Bowers and Wilkins P3 Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins P3s Blue Themselves

It’s amazing how the right color scheme can make a design so much better. I never liked the look of Bowers & Wilkins’ P3 headphones until they recently released these blue versions. Now I’m resisting the urge to buy a pair.

Check it: More industrial design on Albotas
Buy: Bowers and Wilkins P3 Headphones

Mika: Universal Tablet Stand by Bluelounge

Bluelounge, masters of making cable management sexy, have released a new tablet stand called Mika. It can hold a Nexus 7, Nook, iPad - whatever. It can even support smaller laptops like MacBook Airs and Retina MacBooks. It clearly takes a page from the iMac’s stand design. And I’m OK with that.

Check it: More Bluelounge posts on Albotas
Buy: Bluelounge Milo Smartphone Stand
I Want to Sit on This Here Chaise Lounge
This chair was designed by the late Maarten van Severen. It’s way cooler and sleeker than my giant bean bag chair. It’s probably not too comfy, but that’s not the point.
Check it: More industrial design on Albotas
Buy: Sourcebook of Modern Furniture, Third Edition

I Want to Sit on This Here Chaise Lounge

This chair was designed by the late Maarten van Severen. It’s way cooler and sleeker than my giant bean bag chair. It’s probably not too comfy, but that’s not the point.

Check it: More industrial design on Albotas
Buy: Sourcebook of Modern Furniture, Third Edition
Classy Lacoste Live Snowboard Helmet
You know when you have no use for something but really want it anyway? Meet today’s version of that. This is for people who snowboard and value their brain cells. I only fall into one of those categories, so I guess I can’t justify this purchase.
Buy: Lacoste Men's Clemante TK Sneaker
Source: viacomit via NOTCOT.org

Classy Lacoste Live Snowboard Helmet

You know when you have no use for something but really want it anyway? Meet today’s version of that. This is for people who snowboard and value their brain cells. I only fall into one of those categories, so I guess I can’t justify this purchase.

Buy: Lacoste Men's Clemante TK Sneaker

Source: viacomit via NOTCOT.org

Teenage Engineering Announce OD-11 Cloud Speaker
Industrial designers, Teenage Engineering, have just announced their newest project, the OD-11 cloud speaker. Based on the Carlsson OD-11, the speaker aims to get great natural sound out of streamed music. It won’t ship until the summer, but that seems like a short wait after the years it took for Teenage Engineerings OP-1 to come out.
Check it: More Teenage Engineering posts from Albotas
Buy: AIAIAI x Teenage Engeneering Earphones

Teenage Engineering Announce OD-11 Cloud Speaker

Industrial designers, Teenage Engineering, have just announced their newest project, the OD-11 cloud speaker. Based on the Carlsson OD-11, the speaker aims to get great natural sound out of streamed music. It won’t ship until the summer, but that seems like a short wait after the years it took for Teenage Engineerings OP-1 to come out.

Check it: More Teenage Engineering posts from Albotas
Buy: AIAIAI x Teenage Engeneering Earphones

Spherical Solar Energy

Apparently it’s sphere day at Albotas. (If you haven’t yet, check out the Cocoon 1.) This futuristic contraption is a solar energy harvester. But rather than taking the form of a boring old slab of photovoltaic bleh, this one is a giant sphere. 35% reduced energy consumption? Whatever. I just want it because it looks cool.

Source: designboom

The 1:Face Story

These classy watches go for $40 each. Part of that money goes to feeding poor kids, treating AIDS patients, supporting cancer patients, getting mammograms for the ladies, providing water to thirsty folks, or saving the environment. For example, the money from one watch will feed 16 kids. 14 will pay for a mammogram. Great product, great idea. Get one.

Source: Technabob

Classy Retro Earbuds on the Cheap
Aiaiai and Teenage Engineering - two companies with great industrial design - teamed up to create the PX-0 earphones. At $80, they weren’t exactly cheap, but their awesome retro design was still tempting. Now they’re finally affordable. Grab a pair on sale for half off at Fab.

Classy Retro Earbuds on the Cheap

Aiaiai and Teenage Engineering - two companies with great industrial design - teamed up to create the PX-0 earphones. At $80, they weren’t exactly cheap, but their awesome retro design was still tempting. Now they’re finally affordable. Grab a pair on sale for half off at Fab.

Minimalist iPhone Dock Is Svelt
I’ve always wanted to use “svelt” in a headline. Check. This futuristic iPhone 4 / 4S dock, called the MetalDock, is way sexy. And even though it’s well-designed, the price is right. $35 will bring the dock to your door when it ships in August. Pre-order it here.

Minimalist iPhone Dock Is Svelt

I’ve always wanted to use “svelt” in a headline. Check. This futuristic iPhone 4 / 4S dock, called the MetalDock, is way sexy. And even though it’s well-designed, the price is right. $35 will bring the dock to your door when it ships in August. Pre-order it here.

Dieter Rams x Vitsoe x Fab: Ten Principles
This 36”x24” poster is super classy. It outlines the ten principles defined by Dieter Rams, famous for his industrial design while at Braun. Get it for $50 exclusively at Fab. 

Dieter Rams x Vitsoe x Fab: Ten Principles

This 36”x24” poster is super classy. It outlines the ten principles defined by Dieter Rams, famous for his industrial design while at Braun. Get it for $50 exclusively at Fab. 

A Little Bit on the Unrealism Side: This not-so-real Wacom Realism would save me so much time. Just point it at whatever color you want to copy and boom, there it is. No more dealing with RGB, PMS, CMYK or OMGWTF codes. Plus it just looks sexy while my current Wacom stylus looks like some sort of kitchen utensile.

A Little Bit on the Unrealism Side: This not-so-real Wacom Realism would save me so much time. Just point it at whatever color you want to copy and boom, there it is. No more dealing with RGB, PMS, CMYK or OMGWTF codes. Plus it just looks sexy while my current Wacom stylus looks like some sort of kitchen utensile.

A Little Bit on the Calculating Side: If I had any possible use for it, I would buy it in a second. Alas, I don’t do math. This calculator from Takumi / IDEA International has microswitch buttons (think clicky) and a USB interface to turn it into a number pad. $55 for ten keys of sexy computations and permutations.

A Little Bit on the Calculating Side: If I had any possible use for it, I would buy it in a second. Alas, I don’t do math. This calculator from Takumi / IDEA International has microswitch buttons (think clicky) and a USB interface to turn it into a number pad. $55 for ten keys of sexy computations and permutations.

Mutewatch trips the silent alarm

If you’re in the market for a ridiculously priced but super stylish watch, check out the Mutewatch. The minimalist design hides some pretty cool features like customizable vibration alarms to secretly let you know when it’s time to make your daring escape out the window. Especially awesome is the pseudo-multitouch controls. Even the video is really well done. Maybe they paid too much for it and that’s why the watch costs $260.

(Source: uncrate.com)

Dieter Rams Tribute Poster Is Modern
Check out Blue Art Studio’s tribute poster to Dieter Rams. Rams was a huge industrial design influence back in the day and his presence is still seen in products today, especially from Apple. I’m glad to see Snow White’s Coffin in there. Best record player ever.
[Blue Art Studio via notcot.org]

Dieter Rams Tribute Poster Is Modern

Check out Blue Art Studio’s tribute poster to Dieter Rams. Rams was a huge industrial design influence back in the day and his presence is still seen in products today, especially from Apple. I’m glad to see Snow White’s Coffin in there. Best record player ever.

[Blue Art Studio via notcot.org]

Hey, Console Makers. Make Something Pretty.

E3 is only a week away. And while we probably won’t be seeing all three console makers revealing their new systems, we’ll at least be seeing Nintendo’s Project Café, so it’s best to get this out in the open.

I want a new console that actually looks cool - something I can display in my room like a work of art. I’m sick of staring at eye-sores that look closer to some home appliance rather than a form of entertainment. A non-gaming friend of mine asked why I still had a VCR player and pointed to the PS3 on my shelf. Even so-so designs like the 360 should be a lot sleeker.

Consoles are often sold at a loss (the corporations behind them hope to make up the money on software) so there’s little room for bells and whistles - the 360 didn’t even have wifi until last year. I understand that designing a pretty piece of plastic costs money and that including better technology in a console takes priority over the console’s looks, but is it really that hard? Consoles go through a handful of iterations before they’re ever put into production [see above]. Can’t game companies hire a small team of industrial designers to do the job the right way?

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