See this stylish little cone? Well this is one clever little contraption too!
Cone is the first design created by start-up company Aether. Based in San Francisco, Aether is a software and hardware company that decided your speakers should not only look and sound amazing, but needed to be more intelligent too. A software program allows this wireless wi-fi speaker to choose the music you like, learning as it is used to create an archive of what style of music you like to listen to even noting your change in taste depending on your location! If you don’t like a song that cone has selected for you, turn the dial face to select another or press the centre button to request a song. These actions will also help the device narrow down your style consistently improving its selections to suit your taste.
The speaker has access to an impressive range of music, streaming from an online library of 20 million tracks, podcasts and internet radio stations or via access to your personal music collection on your Mac or iPhone using Airplay (An Android system is also in the works.) It is a fully portable design which will provide you with a cracking 8 hours of tunes thanks to a built-in rechargeable lithium battery.
Cone will be available in late 2014 at a retail price of US$399. Initially they will only be available in the black and copper finish, a white and silver edition will follow by the end of the year. Join the reservation list to be first in line!
Currently loving the work of Julie Thevenot big time!
With a back ground in fashion design, Julie brings a special decorative touch to her body of work which extends from wearables to prints and wall displays. I am particularly smitten with her wall hangings which become almost like gigantic jewellery pieces for your walls. These sculptural pieces are sleek and minimal with just the right amount of colour to add drama and interest.
Julie is currently based in New York and has some international stockists, unfortunately for us no one in Australia yet (DEVASTATED), but I’m sure that will have to change soon! I’m hoping anyhow!!
Don’t you just love a contradiction of materials? Take the Hybrid Radio designed by Mathieu Lehanneur for Lexon for example, who would have ever thought that rattan could look so modern, sleek and sexy?!
Launched at Maison&Objet trade fair 2014 in late january, this radio is the unusual combination of plastic and woven rattan, a detail used by the designer to reference ancient crafts and the latest technology. Can the two coexist in this modern world? If this is the result, I think the answer is a resounding YES!!!
The radio is available in two versions, AM / FM Radio or DAB+/FM radio and also features bluetooth connectivity which allows you to play your music wirelessly. The radio can be powered by AA batteries making it portable and is available in your colour choice of white or graphite.
Ahh Farrah Sit, she has done it again!
You might already be familiar with her original Spora Hanging Porcelain Planters which we featured a while back, they are still one of the most popular items we have ever featured! Well here is a little something new from Farrah, the Hex Spora Planters. LOVE THEM!
In characteristic style they are a beautiful minimal design which combines a miniature ceramic cup with a hexagonal wooden base. The set works best in multiples which allows you to join, move and constantly change the configuration of this feature. And the design is not just for plants, use it as a orgainser to store paper clips and pins in the office, salt, pepper and spices on the dinner table or jewellery in the bed room!
Each set of ceramic bowl and maple wood base retails for $32.00 and is available through Farrah’s new online store Light + Ladder.
The Elevated Vase is an elegant, minimal design by Thomas Benzen for Muuto. It is example of how graceful modern Nordic design is, and why I am so blissfully in love with it!
Aren’t these vases just so gorgeous? This two-part vase is a combination of a wooden base made from solid Ash, topped with blown glass in your choice of grey, rose or green. This design is so beautiful that I think even without the addition of flowers, it has a gem like quality which allows it to hold its own as an object.
Find your local stockist through the Muuto website.
THOMAS BENZEN ON THE DESIGN “The Elevated vase is about doing something exceptional for flowers. The wooden bowl holding the glass vase elevates the flowers, almost ritually, and frames them in a new Nordic poetic way. The materials are inspired by the flowers and branches I would put in the vase. The wood represent the roots in the soil and the glass the airy treetop, as it stands in nature. All together, creating a vase that combines a solid and rooted base with a light and divine top.”