Monday, April 14, 2008

Some Retro and Nature In My Mobiles

It’s not hard to see the future of electronics is all about slim and sleek, metal and glass, techno gadget matrix and multimedia. Is there any room for the retro styling’s of yesteryear? And what about nature? Shouldn’t something organic make its way into our hyper-tech designs? Designer Seungchan Lee thinks the CulArt (pronounce Cool Art) concept fulfils both.

Internally you have your typical Smartphone design; touch screen, camera, slim but the physical design differs greatly. First off you’ll notice the wood panelling, you know… to invoke the idea of trees. That’s the nature bit of the design. The included Bluetooth headset/remote uses a series of knobs to control the phone’s most basic functions.

Clearly retro and clearly pre-80’s. Flip the phone around and you’ll find a rocky textured surface which prevents slippage and reminds you of how much you suck at rock climbing. Designer: Seungchan Lee

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