It has been a big day for gadget lovers, Motorola officially announced the Motorola ROKR phone, which holds 100 songs, syncs with iTunes, etc. The phone is available now from Cingular, at $250 with a two year contract. On another note, and an announcement I lovedd–Apple introduced the iPod nano today, essentially replacing the iPod mini series. It’s available in two sizes, 2GB and 4GB, comes with the standard click wheel, plays up for up to 14 hours, etc. It looks like a squashed iPod, “thinner than a number two pencil”. Right now the iPod nano is only available in Black and White, but I’d predict multi-color editions will come out soon, as well as some nice capacity size bumps.
“Simplement Concu Pour Vous”… The wallets and Accesoires De Bonne Compagnie, was one of the nicest products I saw at M&O. The wallets were all made incredibly well, in absolutely luxuriously soft leather. There most unique wallet, when all the way open, laid out like an open page. Fold each side in, over again, and ta-da, it’s closed. All the products were soft as butter– but unfortunately no American distribution…. yet! Lets hope that changes soon, these were some of the nicest and most functional wallets I’ve ever seen.
Ethnicraft had a great booth with some of the nicest Teak furniture I’ve ever seen. The companies main office is in Aartselaar, near Antwerp-Belgium– but the furniture has built a reputation for quality throughout Europe. The majority of the simple minimalist designs are from Phillipe Delaisse and Benoit Loos. It’s hard to describe how beautiful these pieces were, but believe me– the wood was solid, bright, smooth, and sexy.
My last night in Paris I ate at a restaurant called ‘Kong’, on the top two floors of the prestigious Louis Vuitton building address– 1 Rue du Pont Neuf. The restaurant is an elevators ride up, above the Kenzo flagship stores. The top floor has a glass ceiling that looks out over the city, designed by Architect Jean-Jacquey, and much of the interior was designed by Phillipe Starck. The restaurant calls the design “a collision of modern and ancient Japan”. Ultra hip, the chairs were the Invisible Louis XV Armchairs, with eerie asian faces screen printed on the backs. The walls were covered in plasma screens with faces that would occasionally wink at customers passing by. The view of the Siene and the city below was breath taking, and the food by Chef Richard Pommies was quite delicious– a must see, but call ahead for reservations, it’s a hot spot!
Victionary recently announced their latest release, called “It’s a matter of packaging”, the fourth installment in the Amatterofdesign Series. The book is divided into three sections: Visual, Touch, and Idea, and features the most interesting packaging work from nearly sixty designers around the world. Also, the book includes interviews with Giannis Kouroudis from K2 Designs, Sayuri SHoji from Sayuri Studio and Tom Lancaster from Stylo Design.