Concreative!

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In case you didn’t get the memo, concrete is making it big in the design circuit… and it’s being highlighted in the most unusual places. Take for example the Masonic Watch by Aggregate, with its one of a kind concrete body. The Enso does the same thing too. The turntable itself is a rather retro/hipster product and using concrete only makes it more kitschy and cool. With its imperfections, concrete gives a different flavor to a product that has otherwise only seen the use of plastic, glass, metal, and wood. Concrete brings to the product a much needed sense of diversity and a breath of fresh air.

Designed with a simple rounded form that highlights the vinyl disc platter and arm, the Enso comes with a rather integrated form and the only thing breaking it is the walnut wood control panel which juts out to end the monotony and play with one’s visual expectation of continuity. Keeping in sync with the theme of concrete, the wooden panel has two concrete knobs too. What I probably like the most is that the designers try to make it very obvious that concrete doesn’t mean grungy and old-fashioned. The presence of a light strip running around the side of the Enso gives it a futuristic touch, making the turntable look unique and modern both. Plus with vinyl turntables being a massive part of the underground warehouse music culture, concrete may just be the most perfect material selection for its design, I’d say!

Designers: Mikołaj Nicer, Grzegorz Szczupał and Jakub Maciejczyk

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One small step for man, one beautiful table for mankind

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Our fascination with the cosmos is far from ending… We saw the Mars Chair just hours back and now we look at undeniably the most interesting looking table we’ve seen in years! The Apollo 11 table is a stunningly detailed replica of the moon, but more specifically, it’s the point on the moon that humans made first contact with! That’s right. Sculpted in fiberglass with details so precise, they will make your jaw drop, the Apollo 11 table showcases the crater on which the Apollo 11 landed in 1969, marking man’s first steps on the moon, and also America’s successful attempt at getting ahead of the Soviet powers in the Space Race!

The Apollo 11 table takes attention to detail to the max. Using actual digital files from NASA’s archives, Harow manages to sculpt them into fiberglass following multiple thick coats of transparent resin, that become the invisible slab above the moon’s surface. This also allows for some incredible light-play against the moon’s sculpted surface.

What pleases me is even the fact that the legs of the table extend the story and inspiration for the table. Designed to look like the legs of the LEM landing pod, the feet of the table come machined in a brass aluminum alloy and make for a great design detail to an already marvelous looking table!

Designer: Harow

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Pick Your Plug

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If you’ve ever used a power strip or extension cord, you know that it can be a crazy game of Tetris with all those awkward shaped plugs! Inevitably, you’ll sacrifice space on the strip just to make room for oversized plugs that cover other outlets. Designed with this problem in mind, the O’ket power strip makes it possible to combine and switch up your plug arrangements. The sockets are perfectly spaced to accommodate varying sizes and shapes. Place your plugs horizontally or vertically to make room for more!

Designers: Sungick Jo, Hyeonjin See & SunKyung Bae

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Save Me a Seat on Mars

Hell bent on getting to Mars, there appears to be a race for who can create passenger/colonizing trips there first – with Space X seemingly launching a rocket every few days, it appears to be around the corner. One person making sure that we something to sit on when we get there is ECAL graduate, Thomas Missé in the form of the Mars Chair. Missé has a designed a lightweight, stackable chair ready for the journey to Mars. Made from carbon fiber and weighing in at only 500 grams, Missé developed the Mars Chair with maximum space saving in mind. When stacked, the chair takes up a minuscule one centimeter of space. This is staggering! What’s even more incredible is that Missé claims the chair can “support the weight of a sumō wrestler on Mars.” The Mars Chair is certainly an eye catcher, and whether it makes it to Mars or not, we can almost guarantee you’ll start seeing it around here very soon.

Designer: Thomas Missé

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Some Things are Worth the Wait

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With the Frankfurt Motor Show just having passed and the Tokyo Motor Show just literally days away, there is undoubtedly a lot of hype this time of the year. With that being said, nothing has gotten me more excited than the release of the utterly gorgeous Polestar 1 by Volvo. The Scandinavian automaker unveiled the Polestar 1 on Tuesday at an event in Shanghai, announcing it will go on sale mid-2019 but are limited to 500 units per year. After pledging to introduce solely electric-infused cars from 2019, Polestar 1 looks set to be the face of this new move forward for the company. Polestar 1 boasts 600 horsepower with its hybrid engine – while in the rear, Polestar 1 adds a 218 horsepower dual-electrical motor.

The rear of this rather ambitiously designed Volvo vehicle is shorter than usual with a shorter boot and the rear seats taking a small cut, making them marginally smaller than usual – enhancing the Polestar 1’s requirements for its edgy sports car look. Adding to the overall flashy look of the Polestar 1 is the rear windshield which wraps itself over the roof and down across the front of the car giving the sporty Polestar 1 an even sleeker look and feel. Cherry on the cake? The adoption of the increasingly popular “phone-as-a-key” system which enables the user to enter/lock the car with the use of an app on their smartphone instead of a key.

Designer: Volvo

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