August 11, 2007
Recently a Japanese company unveiled their new color changing Fuwapica table and chairs set at this year’s SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego. The various pieces of furniture can change color in response to changes in weight and positioning of the user. In addition there are several built-in sensors that can determine the color of items placed on the Fuwapica table, resulting in the furniture automatically changing color in accordance to the objects placed on them. While there is not set date on production for Fuwapica table, the “ice cube chairs” will soon be available and estimated to cost between $1,510 and $3,250. More pictures after the jump
August 10, 2007
These Gold ($50,000) and Platinum ($70,000) Swiss Army Knives are embedded with 430 flawless diamonds according to IF-VVS standards. They have a total weight of about 4 carats. These knives were made to honor and celebrate the 120th anniversary of Victorinox, Bonfort has created this Limited Edition homage to the Original Swiss Army Knife. The Collection Victoria is limited to 120 pieces worldwide.
August 7, 2007
While there are countless varieties of mp3 player speaker docks on the market today the Phonofone II stands out from them all. The Phonofone II from Science+Sons is a modern take on a classic look and is handmade using white ceramic. The really amazing feature of the Phonofone II is that it uses only passive amplification techniques giving it the ability to amplify sound without the need for a power cord or battery of any kind. All you need to do is connect the ear-buds of any mp3 player to the Phonofone II and instantly you have a beautiful conversation piece and a quality music player at the same time. The Phonofone II retails for around $489. More pictures.
August 1, 2007
These Venini Bolle Bottles are not only beautiful but are also crafted by using a extremely unique form of glass work. They were designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1968 and are crafted by using a rare “Incalmo” technique. This particular form of glass work combines two different types of glass, each shaped separately then fuses them together to create a single piece of glass only separated by the changes in color. This gorgeous set of five bottles looks stunning but at a cost of $7380 for the whole set they are not cheap.
July 30, 2007
While there is no shortage of shower heads that perform various insane antics such as power massage or weird pulsing jets the Cloud Cover Shower Head provides a very unique experience. The Cloud Cover Shower Head designed by Rogerseller is flush mounted in the ceiling and uses several small jets firing straight down to provide a similar experience to showering in the rain. The shower head itself is a large square measuring 11 inches x 11inches and not only looks amazing but also has low water consumption so its good for the environment as well.
July 29, 2007
The new Dreamlite is one of the coolest floor lamps I have ever seen. The Dreamlite lamp ($5,900) is a 5ft column style lamp made out of soft silicone and LED’s to create vibrant kinesthetic light. Dreamlite can render 16 million different colors individually or allow for a continuous light show displaying all of its millions of color possibilities. In addition, Dreamlite can even run a variety of different light shows to suit the mood of the consumer. Dreamlite is also fully programmable and is completely networkable giving the owner full control of all the color varieties that Dreamlite can offer.
July 29, 2007
Now at first glance this product looks like something straight out a torture chamber, but in reality this is the new Saeco Etienne Louis Espresso Coffee Machine. It was created by Swiss designer Carlo Borer and it is a premium espresso machine with a very contemporary design. The sphere of the Espresso maker is made of steel and is split in half with the upper half of the sphere hiding a removable water tanks while the lower half is the brewing mechanics. The supports and spikes themselves are made out of a polished aluminum and in addition to the large steel sphere is gives the espresso machine an extremely unique look. The Saeco Etienne Louis Espresso Coffee Machine allows for two cups of espresso to be brewed at the same time but unfortunately there is no word on price or availability.
June 28, 2007
Porsche Design just came out with this limited edition of the Chronographe PTC. The case, made of titanium, measures 42mm and is water resistant to 100 meters. The crystal and display back are sapphire. Movement is the automatic chronograph caliber ETA 2894-2 with a special Porsche Design rotor, and a power reserve of 42 hours. This beautiful watch is priced at 5,600€ (approx. $7,540). Via Embelezzia.
June 25, 2007
The DiMora Natalia SLS 2 is set to be priced at over $2 million. The car is powered by a V16 engine which puts out about 1200 hp. This ultra-luxury coupe features an aerodynamic design, a stylish interior, massaging seats, and over 50 computer systems which monitor you and the car. The computer system can sense the emotional state of the driver including stress, heart, and temperature levels. This information is relayed to the computer which will determine the right climate, ambient light, foot-pedal pressure, and type of music being played. The car will even talk to the driver if it detects drowsiness. My favorite feature of the car is that when the car is off, the car can still control the climate, keeping the car cool or warm for hours. DiMora has already began production on this car. Their entire shop is wired with webcams, so if you want to see the thing being built, take a peek.
June 24, 2007
Bowers & Wilkins celebrated 40 years of excellence in the loudspeaker business with their Signature Diamond Hi-Fi Speakers. Its cylindrical cabinet is a Kevlar® midrange/bass drive unit. A first-order crossover of individually-auditioned components provides a simple, pure signal path. But the crowning glory is the marble tube-loaded tweeter, whose dome of synthetic diamond delivers high frequencies with jaw-dropping precision and clarity.