Electronics

Geneva Sound System- Medium

Sure, audiophiles probably have a list four feet long of what is needed in a sound system, but for some of us what it boils down to is how it looks (if you care about sound reproduction you probably just cringed). Yes, it needs to sound good, but it also needs to not be an obscene stack of metal and cords and flashing lights everywhere. This sound system is especially lovely, and it’s in one box. One box, I repeat. So nice. Maybe it would be a good gift for someone (or yourself).

“Presenting quality sound from a piano-lacquered wooden box with CD player, FM radio and iPod connector cable – all controlled by remote. With two channels and patented algorithms, the Geneva Sound System digitally adapts the left and right signals for a balanced 120-degree sound stage. A 100-watt digital amplifier powers the system’s four built-in speakers, which together deliver a sound performance with a full range of frequencies – from deep, rich bass to crystal clear highs, without dropping a single note in between. An LED display on the front of the cabinet displays what’s playing. Compatible with iPod models with dock connectors, including iPod Video, Nano, Photo and Mini.”

H 8″ W 14.5″ D 9.5″

Allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.

Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Availability: Buy Geneva Sound System- Medium here

shower radio

It’s been forever since I had a shower radio. I think I want to bring that back into my routine.

• Splash-proof and water-resistant design
• Large, clear speaker
• Suction cup; non-slip handle and hanging cord • Plastic
• Do not submerge in water
• Requires three AA batteries (not included)

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Availability: Buy shower radio here

Sonicum by Art. Lebedev (Desktop Speakers)

I love the silhouette of these.

“The set consists of two speakers and a subwoofer and is the ideal accessory for your Mac (don’t worry, it will also work with your PC), but it also connects to your iPod, or anything that boasts a standard audio line-out jack.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $120
Availability: Buy Sonicum by Art. Lebedev (Desktop Speakers) here

Kone by Karim Rashid

Famed product designer Karim Rashid has lent his touch to the Dirt Devil Cordless vacuum. Comes in 5 colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.99
Availability: Buy Kone by Karim Rashid here

Dynamism Humidifier

A friend of mine was telling me that I should get a humidifier because it really improves your skin condition, especially in the winter months. Having never owned one, I can’t testify to this, but I thought I should at least find one that doesn’t look like a server. And here it is!

Available in five great colors: white, green, light blue, orange, blue gray

“This humidifier is from Japanese design house ±0; their intent is to turn everyday objects into art. This humidifier comes in five colors, operates for 8 hours between refills. When the humidity reaches 60%, it automatically stops. It measures 12.0 inches in diameter and 6.1 inches high.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $229.00
Availability: Buy Dynamism Humidifier here

Phonofone I & II

From the same guys that did the Park Planters, comes a couple of interesting ‘Phonofones’.

“Through passive amplification alone, These unique pieces instantly transform any personal music player + earbuds into a sculptural audio console. Without the use of external power or batteries, the Phonofone inventively exploits the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibles* (or roughly the maximum volume of laptop speakers). Upon connecting active earphones to the Phonofone their trebly buzzing is instantly and profoundly transformed into a warm, rich and resonant sound.”

phonofone I (left), $425

phonofone II (right), $800

Purchase Information:

Price: $425-$800
Availability: Buy Phonofone I & II here

Handheld Vacuum

This was originally posted in September of last year, but it has just gone on sale so I thought it was worthy of a repost.

“Stefano Giovannoni, an architect and industrial designer, paired up with Alessi to bring captivating form to an everyday function. The Alessi Handheld Vacuum recharges in its base with an integrated crevice tool and wet nozzle. Crafted out of stainless steel, the sleek form can be stored where it’s most convenient, rather than hidden in a cabinet, out of reach and out of view. The base can be wall mounted. Giovannoni’s work is in the permanent collections at MoMA and the Centre Georges Pompidou. UL listed.”

Measurements
H 5.5″ W 4.5″ D 15″

Purchase Information:

Price: $130
Availability: Buy Handheld Vacuum here

Phone/PDA Charging Station

A charging station that actually looks good? For real, it’s true. Stations that house and charge our electronic appendages cut down on many unsightly cords that get tangled easily, and makes it ever so much easier to find the phone, camera, ipod, etc. So, hurray for one that does no harm to your aesthetic environment.

“You can corral up to three items and neatly tuck a 10” power strip out of sight behind the sliding door. No room on your desktop for the 13″ long Charging Station? You can also mount it to the wall as easily as a clock with two dry wall screws (included).”

Available in black or navy.

13”L x 3.75”W x 5”H

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy Phone/PDA Charging Station here

IonFlow 50F Air Purifier

No matter what you’ve thought of air purifiers before, you’re sure to admit this one is relatively nice-looking. It seems to have excellent marks in doing the job, and plus, aren’t you curious to see what’s in the air of your home (causing allergies, health issues, etc.)?

“Removing all aspects of nerd-factor, the IonFlow 50F Air Purifier is an energy-efficient and quiet machine that’s been proven to remove more than 99% of airborne pollutants in fewer than five hours and without producing any ozone…As a room is cleared of dust, smoke, pet dander, bacteria, mold and other allergens, these pollutants will collect on the outside of the unit’s aluminum ring. When you see it needs to be cleaned, turn off the unit and quickly wipe the ring clean.”

Aluminum; handmade acrylic stand.

H 26″ Diameter 7.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $495
Availability: Buy IonFlow 50F Air Purifier here

Cordless Doorbell Jacob Jensen

Danish designer Jacob Jensen’s cordless doorbell features five different polyphonic tunes. It features a LED that indicates both ring and low battery level. Protected from the interference of other cordless products.

Purchase Information:

Price: $145.00
Availability: Buy Cordless Doorbell Jacob Jensen here

fire wire speakers

Oh, these are nice to look at. I’m told they sound good too.

Size : 5.3″ tall x 3.5″ wide
Output: 8W audio; 4W per channel
Driver: High excursion neodymium driver
Software: Windows drivers on CD; no software required for Mac
System Requirements : Mac or PC with powered FireWire 400 (6-pin) port; Mac OS 10.3.5 or higher / Windows2000, Windows XP

(This item’s link and price was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00
Availability: Buy fire wire speakers here

Lexon Foam Radio

A new clever foam radio from Lexon…

This funky little radio by Elise Berthier is pretty basic – a straightforward AM/FM radio encased in a slab of foam – but produces surprisingly good sound, thanks to its built-in amplifier. Takes 4 AAA batteries (included). Also available in black.

Care instructions: Avoid getting wet. Dust with a soft, dry cloth

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Availability: Buy Lexon Foam Radio here

Multipot Personal Electric Charger

I’ve always been slightly intrigued by this piece of technology but I find it a LOT more intriguing now that it’s 25% off (temporarily).

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the MultiPot Personal Electric Charger serves as a charger for up to 5 portable devices, as a place to store all your charging cords and as an ambient LED light source. The Multipot can shine light for 60,000 hours by pushing the button on the lid of the bucket. That’s 7 years.

Also, do not be fooled by the photo. It’s actually a lot smaller in person. It’s only 7.5″ high with a 9.25″ Diameter. It also comes with a 50 inch cord.

Purchase Information:

Price: $238
Availability: Buy Multipot Personal Electric Charger here

Muji Wall Mounted CD Player

This is kind of old school, but I felt like it was worth posting. Don’t buy this if you’re expecting a sturdy, advanced piece of technology. But do get this if you want a really simple, beautiful cd player.

“The speakers are built into the body of the CD player. To make a disc play you simply pull the cable. Volume and search controls are situated on the top of the Cd player.”

It is available in the US through Compact Impact or at any of the Muji sites online (Moma, Muji UK, etc.).

Purchase Information:

Price: $199
Availability: Buy Muji Wall Mounted CD Player here

Radiant FM Desk Radio Black

I’m always delighted with small, shiny, lucite-ish things, and the fact that this is a radio AND it gives off a glow, makes me think it’s a winner. Definitely qualifies as a nice safe gift that someone would appreciate…

“This unique radio emits a LED glow when turned on. Use the center button to turn the radio on or off and to find your FM station. Uses DC adaptor or 2 ‘AAA’ batteries.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Availability: Buy Radiant FM Desk Radio Black here