Coca Cola’s cheeky aluminum bottle manages to both subvert its own logo and supersede the recent memories of the much-maligned Arnell Pepsi campaign and the New Coke disaster. Link, the playful yet thoughtfully conceived desk lamp by Peter Stathis for Pablo, Inc., combines a Wall-E aesthetic sensibility with smart features like a small footprint and flexible arm.
The Spinn multimedia player and “dainty” Domino USB port, both for iriver, are sexy enough to challenge Apple in an electronics-off – brushed silver casing and a sly inset turnwheel on the former, poppy color accents and the revered Helvetica font on the latter. Student Shelly Shelly designed the Loft chair for uber-manufacturer Bernhardt, the most obvious pick for future design classic, especially for the seating-obsessed (and we are many). The form is versatile and the construction incorporates traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery as translated by cutting-edge digital laser cutting. Students also earned kudos for last year’s Pratt yearbook (subtitle: “An Institute of Modesty and Convention”), which reimagines the stale memento as a hilarious anthropological survey of yesteryear.
Our personal favorite is the 22 Series by Bocci, a collection of electrical outlets flush-mounted to the wall sans coverplate. The simple, seamless system is so brilliant one can only wonder why it wasn’t invented before. And that, friends, is a hallmark of great and lasting design.
Annual Design Review Exhibit June 25 – August 21 9 am – 6pm, Monday through Friday ———— Material ConneXion 60 Madison Avenue, 2nd floor New York, NY 10010