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Touch Skin Watch reinterprets the classic analog watch design for the new millennium

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 07:28 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

No matter how tech-intensive a digital watch is, nothing can quite ever mimic the simplicity and intuitive minimalism of the classic analog watch. Since the interface of the analog watch has almost become embedded within the cultural consciousness, designer Niels Astrup decided to use it as an inspiration for his Touch Skin Watch that delivered the analog experience to people without sacrificing the contemporary touch screen functionality that modern users require. The highly customizable watch comes with downloadable skins which allow its OLED screen to be personalized to the requirements of individual users. The digital accessory retains the classic interface of the minimalist analogue watch and fits it within a touch sensitive design that can be matched to dress codes and connected to computers and smartphones via Bluetooth connectivity as well.

Touch Skin Watch
Touch Skin Watch

The Touch Skin Watch normally stays in a stealth mode which saves battery power. The watch's interface can be switched from stealth/idle mode to night/normal mode for three seconds when the user presses the screen with his finger. When the screen is pressed with two fingers, the watch switches into Date mode for a period of three seconds. When the user touches the screen with three fingers, the Touch Skin Watch allows the user to choose between different skins installed in the watch. The watch's gift box also acts like a wireless charger and begins charging the watch via and the magnetic lock in the wristband as soon as the user places the watch in the box.

Weighing approximately 80 grams, the Touch Skin Watch also features a 16GB micro SD RAM which is upgradable. The watch runs on a multi-core processor which can be either an ARM or an Nvidia Tegra Type II/III. The watch's face is covered in ø 46mm thick Gorilla glass which secures a 16 million color OLED multitouch screen. The watch is encased within an anodized aluminum casing that is matched to a natural FSC-certified rubber strap. The designer has not revealed any intention of putting the watch into production just yet though it came in third in the 2012 Samsung Design That Performs competition.

Via: N Astrup


Stack furnitures

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 11:13 PM PDT

Christina Pinto:

Functionality, design and comfort are usually the parameters for people's choice of furniture. Alternatively, artistic merit is another preference for those art-minded people who want to acquire beautiful pieces to encourage designers, especially ones who have done something memorable. Konstantin Achkov is an imaginative Bulgarian designer who has redesigned the structure of furniture. In his alterations, people view furniture as more than a single entity; it is also a sum of its parts.

Stack Chairs
Stack Chairs

Stack Table
Stack Table

Stack Stool
Stack Stool

His titled Stack furniture collection was unveiled at the Sofia Design Week from 1-8 June. This range is remarkable for it can be fitted together as you would assemble a puzzle box. The numerous parts of these furniture pieces have been specifically crafted to be shaped as one. The parts are united by puzzle joints, which can be slipped into slots without the use of glue or other fixings. Rather than concerning yourself with screws or wooden pegs, these slots erase the problems associated with putting together furniture.

The furniture pieces look complex, but it is assured that their setting up in your living room or patio is very simple. You buy it in a flat pack and place the finished product wherever you like in a matter of seconds. Some say it is also a fun exercise for those who like puzzles.

The collection features and assortment of furniture: A round table, chair, bar stool and armchair in attractive colors, and is capable of carrying weight of more than 200 kg. Its appearance is natural and slightly elaborate which exudes an old-fashioned charm.

Each piece is made from18 mm thick beech plywood, cut into the desired shape with a computerized router.

Achkov, a Sofia University graduate, intends to launch his own business called Tenon, giving a personal brand name to sell his work. Customer response is positive, with much appreciation directed at the ingenuity of the designer.

Via: Dezeen

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