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Belux - nominee for German design award

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

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And another nominee from the lighting sector is…

Belux one by oneBelux ONE BY ONE - designed by Steve Lechot - has a distinctly simple, imposing form reminiscent of a sculpture. The result is light in endless variations. Much attention was paid to the material used for the layers. It is as good as tear-free, durable and non-flammable. ONE BY ONE is therefore easy to clean and compared to traditional paper lights it has an extremely long life span. ONE BY ONE can be steplessly dimmed and blends into a variety of surroundings.

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www.belux.com

Bene & Renz - nominees for German design award

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

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Proceeding to present some nominees for next year’s German design award I want to drive you to my old industry: office furniture.

Bene FiloBene’s “Filo” - Design: EOOS for Keilhauer - is an innovative chair that perfectly meets office communication and work requirements. A new type of chair with great seating comfort for conferences, meetings, executive and front office desks.??Filo’s armrests plus sophisticated yet simple mechanical device provide continuous flexibility and great seating comfort. Filo demonstrates that concentration results from movement. While it instantly responds to minimal movements it enhances the user’s concentration. ?
Renz Size
Renz “Size”
From its founding in 1882, Renz developed from a small manufacturer of fine furniture into an insider brand for office furnishings.

“Size” sticks to minimalism as a principle. Sleek lateral panels and units in different dimensions seem to carry a 60 mm strong tabletop with easiness - an archaic form, that meets the need for tranquillity and clearness in the hectic work environment. Rich materials like metallic lacquers and selected woods open up the possibility for a personal touch in the executive office.

www.bene.com
www.renz.de

Project fusion

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

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Adidas polar
Have you already heard about the new cooperation between adidas and Polar?

In august they’ve announced “The world’s first integrated training system” for next spring.

How does it work? Special fibers bonded onto adidas tops, work in conjunction with Polar’s Wear Link™ technology to eliminate the need for a separate chest strap to monitor heart rate. Just snap the tiny Polar WearLink connector onto the front of the shirt and go. The data is sent to the Polar RS 800™ wrist-mounted running computer, which easily displays and records all information in real time. Simply put, your shirt talks to your running computer.
 
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The adiStar Fusion shoe has a strategically placed cavity in the midsole which can house the very light Polar s3™ Stride Sensor, making it easier to use, more comfortable and more consistently accurate than top-of-shoe systems. And you won’t even know it’s there when your shoe is talking to your running computer.
 
Information like speed and distance, chronograph functions, along with heart rate, are also shown on the RS800™ in real time. And when the workout is over, all data can be downloaded onto a computer so workouts can be easily managed and analyzed, meaning the whole system talks to you.
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Purchasing the entire system — Polar RS 800™, Polar s3™ Stride Sensor, adiStar Fusion top and adiStar Fusion shoe — will be around 640 Euros/680 Dollars. The products are available as separate pieces as well, and available in spring of 2006.

www.adidas-polar.com

Serene Telephony

Friday, October 7th, 2005

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Our new friends at Charles and Marie have found another wonderful gem: A new ‘fashion’ phone created by Bang & Olufsen and Samsung - that looks refreshingly different than the other ‘fashion’ phones - the Serene. It is so refreshing because they have reinvented the rotary dial and left the unnecessary gizmo’s away. …enabling comfort and convenient communications… Obviously all the data is easily exchangeable from your existing B&O devices, so no more adding numbers… What do you mean you don’t have a B&O phone?
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We also wanted to take a moment and point all of you who haven’t seen it, to Charles and Marie’s wonderful site. It’s a great blog - with more coming (we can’t wait) - they will open a very unique shop concept very soon as well. So head over to Charles and Marie, sign up for the newsletter and tell all your friends about it. By the way, Josh Spear is involved with it as well, so that should be plenty of good reasons…

Placentero delight…

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

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Placentero-Chair

The guys over at uncrate found this great Placentero chair and we here agree completely that in the world of chairs it has become extremely difficult to find something innovative and new. The Placentero is a unique exception to the boring and mediocre chairs that have launched the past month’s and it’s innovative materials and unique shape seem to allow a multitude of extremely relaxing positions which is very different from the usual - maybe two predetermined settings - the majority of other lounge chairs offer. Well scouted!

Marcel’s Wonders

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

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Marcel WandersOur new friends at Charles and Marie pointed us into this direction and this guy is really phenomenal: Marcel Wanders - Dutch designer who started with the iconic Knotted Chair for Droog Design in 1996. During the following years he cooperated with a lot of goodies from the furniture industry leading to such wonderful cooperations like the one with Bisazza this year in Milano… and now?

Now Wanders’ wonders ecstasize the consumer electronic industry…cooperating with what?…a vacuum cleaner manufacturer????

YES - Wanders’ wonder! …and look at this…
Theatre
“Theatre” is a wooden side table in which a home cinema set is integrated - DVD speaker and subwoofer - everything is included…
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…and should be accompanied by four highly decorated satellite speakers - called “Egg” - for digital surround sound! Thanks to Charles and Marie for this wonderful tip…
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3 in 1

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

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Triobike
It has been discussed in some blogs last month… but apparently we sometimes simply miss really good ideas. This is one - and it’s worth to be mentioned again!

A carrierbike is a fantastic invention for transporting the kids in. But once the kids have been delivered in day care/kindergarten and you are working the pedals, it is probably one of the most useless inventions.

With the Danish designed triobike, you can easily take of the front carrier and change the carrierbike into a bike and a pushchair. The trioBike also gives couples the possibility, of one delivering the kids and the other picking them up. With each of you having your own bike, one can put on the carrier, deliver the kids and take it off at the institution. Later on the other can ride to the institution, put on the carrier and ride home with the kids.
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LEICA unveils 8.4 megapixels

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

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Leica Digital
LEICA passed hard times during the last months, as nobody could be sure if they would survive or not. Being accused of having overslept multiple generations in digital camera evolution, the question is:

Can they make the breakthrough now???

Those who take pictures discover new perceptions of the world and the times, of the unfamiliar as well as the familiar. For this desire to look at the world and to show it to others, the LEICA D-LUX 2 camera is the perfect tool. In the midst of a bustling crowd or from far away, in the noonday sun or under a full moon, in a calm demeanor or in great haste – the LEICA D-LUX 2 renders pictures with unparalleled brilliance an in three different formats. This digital camera, with its optics, its image stabilizer and 8.4 megapixels, meets the highest standards of the renowned Leica brand. Its stylish aluminum body makes the photographer look good on all occasions. And the high-quality Crumpler cases - hey modern cooperation!!! - make it even more fun to take along.

When are you going to take the LEICA D-LUX 2 into your world?

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“Reconstructions” from Kimono silk

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

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Sai SoSai So - meaning “reconstructed” - takes fines silk of Japanese kimonos to create contemporary fashion pieces, accessories and furniture.

Japanese culture prizes the flair of the moment, with which each kimono is made and painted and because of which each is inevitably unique. Sai So reanimates those unique silks with a comparable flair, creating new pieces, themselves unique, each a delicate and perfect bridge between an ancient art and contemporary living.

Here are some impressions from Sai-So’s spring/summer collection 2006…
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Shelter for your stuff

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

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Merrell
MERRELL was dedicated to the outdoor journey of discovery - the search for self-knowledge, meaning, friendship, and fulfillment that links the world’s people who enjoy the outdoors. Since their beginning 20 years ago, they have maintained their passion for innovative outdoor designs and fine craftsmanship… but at the end their products were more functional than aesthetically desirable.

This has changed dramatically during the last two years. More and more of their new shoe designs do really look cool and do address an urban audience.

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Two weeks ago they opened a new outlet in Frankfurt. While store-checking Frankfurt’s city yesterday I discovered the new store and first pieces of their new “Shelter for your stuff” packs&bags-collection that have been announced at the beginning of this year to be in the market by september.
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