October 4, 2011
1. Panasonic RP-HTX7 Headphones, $45.00 These retro-styled headphones feature vintage details like a sewn leather head-band cushion and extra-cushy ear pads. Get it: turntablelab.com
2. Bongo Headphones, $52.20 Keep your workday humming with this simple, sleek design by WeSC. Get it: 80spurple.com
3. Eskuche Control Shrimp, $34.77 The square shape and overall aesthetic is reminiscent of Hi-Fi studio-monitor headphones from the 70s. Get it: Buy.com
4. Plattan, $60.00 This full-size design (available in a variety of hues) folds down to the size of your fist for easy transport on the go. Get it: urbanears.co
5. AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones, $195.00 Far out: the novel “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke inspired the name of these durable headphones. Get it: Amazon
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October 4, 2011
Consider Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, one representing the intellectual side, the other our most base inclinations. It’s often the case our Dr. Jekyll is unable to get work done because Mr. Hyde wants to browse Pinterest and jettison some angry avian projectiles. Unfortunately, dealing with a case of short attention span is worse now thanks to online access, the myriad of diversionary entertainment options, and even that smartphone you keep checking every few seconds. Distractions like these divide attention, time, and therefore affect the quality of work you do. However there’s one trick that can keep you on the straight and narrow to build better work habits.
It’s all too easy to get distracted from work on the computer. But there’s a simple technique to help regain focus: create a new User account, one specifically designed for getting work done. That means creating a desktop stripped of extraneous bookmarks, applications, music and movie files, plug-ins, extensions…unless they’re designed for task management or your work related projects. Think of this desktop as your work persona. Creating a dedicated account for work related tasks is like having a work outfit compared to the comfy-cozy sweatpants of leisurely online time.
October 3, 2011
Italian architect Stefano Giovannoni is a prolific designer with interests that span not just the world of furniture but also digital design. Above he is photographed with a tablet he designed for Alessi. It’s an interactive multimedia device dubbed alessiTab that lives in the kitchen and connects you to everything from your favorite recipes to online food stores.
Giovannoni is probably best known for his iconic Bombo stool. Its soft organic seat is formed with injection-molded plastic sprouting from a chrome stem and base. Using advances in that same air-molding technology Giovannoni designed Chair First. This time there was no chrome. The whole chair is one durable, sturdy, lightweight piece of plastic that is 100% recyclable. For all its elegant simplicity of form it is a major breakthough in chair design – hence the name Chair First.
For more on Giovannoni check out the post over on Discover.
Herman Miller + Magis: Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic