6 Ways to Bring World Class Design Into the Office
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LaCie Sphere, $490
Herman Miller Formwork, $TBD
Steelcase Think, $809
BlackBerry P'9982, $1995
Case Scenario Keith Haring Crystal Case for iPhone 5C, $20
These designer gadgets might look like they belong in an art gallery, but actually they're quite useful to have around.--John Brandon
Produced in the Haute Orfevrerie workshop by a French design company called Christofle, the LaCie Sphere is a storage drive that looks like a metal ball. The 1TB drive connects by USB 3.0 for blazingly-fast transfers from your laptop or desktop computer. The USB connection also provides power, and the Sphere sits flat on your desk.
These cool storage bins help you keep track of the clutter on your desk. They were designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin who run the Industrial Facility out of London. What makes each bin so ingenious is that there are tiny cubby-holes and trays you can use for placing small items like paper clips or rubber bands, pencils, and USB thumbdrives.
The MOS, which stands for Magnetic Organization System, is a magnetic hub you use to help keep cables from tangling. Tiny clips wrap around your cords and then snap onto a pod that holds them in place when they are not connected to a phone or your laptop. (Note to MacBook users: your cord magnetizes on its own and snaps onto the pod.) Industrial designer Andrew Adams came up with the idea and funded the gadget on Kickstarter.
Industrial designer Glen Oliver Lowe worked with Steelcase some 10 years ago to design the original Think office chair. Just recently, the company introduced a new model that has a translucent material on the back and arms that adjust in four ways (height, width, depth, pivot). The big selling point is the flexible tilt adjustments that change as you move.
Created by Porsche Design, this luxury phone uses the latest BlackBerry 10 operating system and has some of the same advanced business features on the Z10 and Q10 models like email encryption and separate app collections for personal and business use. The phone uses a finely brushed satin finish on high-end stainless steel.
Keith Haring was a designer and social activist in the 80s and turned New York City street culture into works of art. This case for the iPhone 5C (the budget model), released recently by Case Scenario, uses his signature outline style.