Scandinavian design collective, Urbanears has launched a series of headphones with three unique models, Plattan, Tanto and Medis, each available in 14 color varieties. Like many successful street brands given the no-logo-all-color-garments a face, Urbanears is set to make a statement in audio fashion wear.
Plattan is designed to be the perfect classic headphone, utilizing innovative functions and performance with current technology. It’s a full size headphone allowing for rich, secluded sound. The entire unit folds down to the size of a fist for maximum mobility, best of all, Plattan also comes with a “zound plug” which is actually not a plug, but rather a socket that allows your friend to plug into your earcap and listen to the same thing you are listening to.
Tanto is designed for maximum mobility without the compromise of performance, a tribute to the ‘80’s revolution in mobile music.
Medis has a sleek and minimal design and the functionality of its larger siblings but the obvious benefits of in-ear. The revolution, however, is the EarClick patent which anchors the ear-piece securely in place with perfect comfort and lets it stay in place. EarClick is the result of years of development and an ergonomic revolution of in-ear headphones. The construction is based on securing the position in the outer ear at two opposing points.
Each product comes equipped two extra cable extensions. The cable itself is made from fabric, rather that the usual plastic casing and fixed to the cable is a microphone and remote compatible with most devices such as Nokia, Blackberry, HTC and the iPhone.
Plattan, Tanto, Medis, by Urbanears
Wright’s upcoming Important Design auction, will feature three collector cars including a 1940 Tatra T87 sedan. The streamlined car from Czechoslovakia combines multiple technical advancements into a single car. By the mid-1930s streamlining had become an international styling fashion as depicted in this poster for the 25th International Automobile Exhibition in Prague. The young republic’s automobile industry was among its most competitive sectors. Encouraged by the progress in Zeppelin airship design, early Junkers and Dornier airplanes, the science of aerodynamics became established. In adapting these ideas to automobile design it was found that the cars consume less fuel and achieve greater speed and power.
Tatra T87 Sedan, Auction Estimate $150,000–$200,000, Important Design,
November 30th – December 7th at Wright
Dissatisfied by the suitcases he used during his frequent trips around the world, a Dutch businessman called Henk decided to create something better. The result is the Travelfriend, a luxury travel suitcase that is both light, functional and stylish.
Travelfriend, by Henk
British designer Jasper Morrison has launched a collection of watches for Swiss brand Rado. A chronograph reduced to the essential. Three hands, two counters, date at 3 o’clock, all lying under the flat sapphire crystal and activated through the gently curved rectangular ceramic pushers. The steel colored indexes and hands with white luminous sparkle together with the sunbrushed finish of the dial, a continuous entrancing and alluring play of light. The basic models feature only the minimum, the fundamental.
designboom has published new photos of the Giga Yachts A, a 387 foot long, with three pools, one master suite, six guest suites, and rooms for 42 staff. The fuel tank is so big that it costs $US1.4 million to fill up. It’s owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, who got it built for about 150 million euros at the Blohm & Voss shipyard, Germany, according to a Philippe Starck design.
This is one lean, mean and green floating machine. Part stealth fighter, part 007 fantasy, this 47 foot Code X Yacht by Swiss Yacht builder Code X, is a catamaran style power yacht that is not only ubber-luxurious but a technological wet dream. Packed with the latest in LED touchscreen control panels that delivers complete automated control over such things like the solar/hybrid power system to the GPS-controlled ‘virtual anchor’ system that utilises the electric motors to maintain a stationary position regardless of wind or currents.
Built by Seiko, the Hu watch is made of titanium with a rubber strap and comes in gray, white, and black. Slated for release in sometime in September.
Hu Watch, by Ross Lovegrove, for Issey Miyake
Described by many as the Ferrari of boats, the Austrian company Frauscher has been manufacturing boats for over 75 years. The 750 and 757 St. Tropez is available as an electric or motor yacht. Now the Company has just launched the world’s first luxury motor yacht with a hybrid engine, developed together with Austrian engine manufacturer Steyr Motors. Perfect for a cruise on your favorite alpine lake.
757 St. Tropez, €130,096 – €163,384, by Frauscher Boats
Robots and androids aren’t the sole property of science fiction. Christopher Conte’s sculptures are more like old-fashioned studies rendered with today’s materials: anatomical forms on the verge of motion. You can picture them crawling around the next Star Trek movie, or under a jar in a medical curiosities museum.
Microbotic Sculpture, by Christopher Conte
A minimalist wall-mounted CD player featuring speakers built into the player’s case with volume and playback controls mounted on top, and, of course, a pull-string power control. Muji’s unique CD player is simple, sleek and functional. Now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.