Sci-fi is a collaboration between Tomohiro Seguchi (metal) and Kana Umeda
(glass). I love their experimental glass jewelry design. Their website takes some time to load images, so in the meantime you can check out several of our favorites after the jump.
You may recognize the illustrations of Charles Harper - or maybe the style of illustration that he has spawned. "Minimal Realism" is Charles' self-described style - a look that has
influenced a lot of modern illustrators with a vintage influence. A lot of his drawings appeared in books published in the 60's and 70's.
Charles' work is exhibited in glorious detail in Giant Golden Book of Biology. The drawings are plentiful and very colorful, whimsical and totally inspiring. I'll have to get a copy of this gem.
Tech gadgets' plastic and metal bodies can be pretty tiresome, offering little personality and warmth - especially considering how integrated they are with our lives. Recently, wood has stepped in to fill the unnatural void. One of the oldest known materials used to build things, wood is warm, timeless and beautiful. Its durability and unique fingerprint of grain patterns also make this an ideal material to enclose a tech gadget in.
Above is an image of the Maple Phone, designed by Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee, who have won the Silver award at the International Design Excellence Awards 2008.
Other wooden phones have been designed, that are interesting to compare. I think the Maple Phone is the most elegant, though.
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