Even if you've never heard of Mike and Maaike, you know their work. Mike Simonian led the design of the Xbox 360 while he was working at Astro; Maaike Evers designed for HP and Palm. When the two formed their own studio, they designed HTC's G1--better known as the first Google phone.
At New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which opens this weekend, they're unveiling several new products that depart from the ultra high-tech industrial design they're usually known for.
For Phase Design, the duo created Bias, a set of tiled candleholders:
For Council, a San Francisco-based furniture firm, they created Swarm, a space divider which is meant to have adjustable density--by layering the pieces more densely, you can create more intimate spaces; looser, and you get something airier and more light-filled:
Last but not least, they've designed Wayfinder, a wallpaper for Roll Out that serves as a wayfinding system. Wayfinding is something that usually costs thousands of dollars in public buildings, because it's almost always done custom: