Oki Sato, the low-profile principal of the Japanese firm Nendo, is the design world's James Franco, a man who can seemingly do just about anything. We’ve covered a sliver of the architect’s body of work at Co.Design: material innovation, otherworldly exhibition design, and stunning minimalist interiors. Oh, did we mention computer accessories? Nendo already introduced a devastatingly cute mouse with a detachable USB tail for Elecom, which is now adding a new Nendo-designed products to its mix, on top of products previously introduced.
Gadget accessories maker Incase has been on a roll this year, from capsule collections with A.P.C. and Andy Warhol to its upcoming expansion into headphones later this year. But now the Apple loyalists have a new accessories obsession to hold them over until then: the Flex Wristband, the best attachment for the iPod Nano that we’ve seen since Scott Wilson’s feel-good story on Kickstarter last year.
Who knew the iPhone would spur an entire industry of dongles, stands, cases and converters -- most of them dashed off in plastic, many overpriced, nearly all crap? The Oona is one antidote. It's a moderately priced piece of machined aluminum with three screw-on suction cups, configurable in all sorts of clever ways to hold your iPhone to any smooth surface around (and still allow comfortable typing). Better yet, it's downright handsome compared to its competitors like, ahem, this thing.
Are you an Apple fiend? Take a look at your desk, then. We'll bet that you've got a mess of white cords laying around, an iPhone, maybe an iPad, and perhaps an iPod strewn about, without any rhyme or reason. It's almost enough to cancel out all that Jony Ive gorgeousness, isn't it?
Well, your savior is Andrew Kim, a 19-year-old student at the Art Center College of Design in L.A. His "quick two-week project," PolyPly, manages to solve your iClutter problem with brilliant simplicity, and a clean design that complements your Apple gear without being too matchy-matchy.
Most Apple laptop cases only seem to offer two design options: twee Wes-Andersonian style without any real protection, or bike-messenger-strength shielding without appealing looks. Now, with the Blackbox Case, you finally can get both: solid-as-oak, felt-lined casing for your MacBook with fancy limited-edition style to boot.
When I said "solid-as-oak," I meant it literally: each Blackbox is handmade from red oak hardwood. And at only 1.5 pounds -- the weight of a glass-bottled beer, according to Blackbox -- the case packs plenty of protection with minimal added heft.
An Apple employee has been both indicted by a federal grand jury and hit with a civil suit from Apple itself for a scheme in which he accepted more than $1 million for passing confidential information to other companies.