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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, International by Courtney on October 4th, 2012

Wireless Wooden Keyboard

Looking for a bit of craftsmanship in your electronics? Check out these amazing wooden keyboards created by French design group Orée, which allow users to go against the grain (literally!). Via Ultralinx:

If you like the feel of natural materials being part of your tech, you’ll love this wooden keyboard by Orée. The keyboard itself and the keys are all made from premium Maple wood. Each keyboard is made from a single piece of wood which means every keyboard will also have a different grain.

It’s got chiclet style keys which are now becoming very common in modern day keyboards – most notable in the Apple keyboards. You can clearly see that it was inspired by Apple’s own keyboard. Each keyboard is polished, oil rubbed and assembled by hand. It has Bluetooth 3.0 to connect to devices and only needs a pair of AAA batteries to run. They’re made to order so it’ll take a month or two to get to you.

Close up image of wireless wooden keyboard

Despite the popularity of touch screen devices, a physical keyboard is something that’s still sought after. Orée is targeting their new product at tablet users who have a knack for modern, minimalist design, as well as sustainable technology. Despite the fact that a single keyboard can take up to 5 weeks to make, they’re still only retailed for about €125. What do you think of Orée’s natural take on technology?

Go against the grain when it comes to art too! Check out our DNA art.

Header image via Ultralinx.
Text image via Designboom 

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Posted in Inspiration, Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on September 25th, 2012

Handblown glass lamps

Ever wonder what poetry emulated in a lighting fixture could look like? We are always searching for new designs that inspire us, and designer Laurent Corio has done just that with the unveiling of his Fioriness Lamps. His designs manage to be both dreamy and modern at the same time, and are sure to create a romantic ambiance in any room they light up. Via

In my imaginary world, Fioriness is the expression of a latin attitude where the word “flower” is the poetic link between french and italian: “fiori”, “fleurs”, “flirter” which means “to flirt”. The emotions and play of a candle light diner or august summer sunlight. These sparkles of light define the flower standing in its vase as the witness of a promising story.

Laurent Corio is a Paris-based designer who created this collection of hand blown glass lamps for design gallery Secondome. What do you think of Corio’s fuse of poetry and function?

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Posted in biotechnology, Inspiration, Inspirational Design of the Week, Science by Courtney on August 29th, 2012

Is that food really organic? How much radiation is present? What’s your ideal climate? We discovered the Lapka Personal Environment Monitor and—in the name of sublime science visualizations—had to crown it as Inspirational Design of the Week. Via Uncrate:

The various components that make up the Lapka Personal Environment Monitor are useful — they can individually test for radiation, whether food is organic or not, electromagnetic fields, and climate — otherwise known as temperature and humidity. And yes, they connect to your iPhone using nothing but a simple headphone cable. But what’s really impressive is how they manage to be so stylish while being so unbelievably small.

The device is highly sensitive and responds to the invisible world of particles, ions, molecules and waves, so it can analyze your surroundings and smartly combine the results into guideline values for your comfort.

The Lapka is coming later this year ($TBA) and the company says that “the experience of being able to take precise measurements and the beautiful visualization of what’s beyond our perception are inspiring and addictive”. We can’t wait!

What are your favorite apps for visualizing or applying science in our everyday lives?

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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on June 21st, 2012

According to Eleven Ravens, “The game hasn’t changed, but the playing field has…“. They’re referring to Ping Pong, and we can see why: they’ve turned traditional table-top tennis tables on their head and spun out amazing new designs. Via Uncrate:

Straddling the line between art and sport, these gorgeous tables sport strikingly unique designs, which are created by hand by skilled artisans in a moisture-controlled environment using high-quality wood materials in order to maintain the highest quality possible.

Check out their inspiring table gallery. All Eleven Ravens’ premier tables are equipped with world-class championship table tops. Leisure or recreational tops are also offered on certain tables in a variety of colors.

Since every table is hand-crafted and made to order, they’ll even incorporate corporate logos into the base to take office Ping Pong to a whole new level! If you’re looking for more custom office decor ideas, our DNA Portraits are the ultimate in custom art.

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Posted in DNA Ancestry, Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on May 1st, 2012

Just when you thought keys were a mundane morsel of your everyday life, this tiny treasure turns things around. Sure, you could say “it’s just a key”—but the new Keybrid Carabiner Key finally adds additional functionality to the hunk of metal we carry around with us. Via Uncrate:

Need to hook your house key to something other than a keyring? Grab yourself a Keybrid Carabiner Key ($TBA). This unique item is completely functional, letting you clip it onto shoelaces, belt loops, and a whole host of other loop-like stuff, in addition to keychains and keyrings. Arrives blank, so plan on making a trip to the hardware store before use.

The key’s creators, Amron Experimental, have a host of other innovative products, ranging from functional to fun.

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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on April 13th, 2012

Owning an iPhone or Android smartphone just got even better with Pebble, the first watch designed for the 21st century. It’s more than a gadget—it’s a control center! Via Kickstarter:

It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life. 

Control your music, track distances when cycling or running, and even customize your watchface to match your mood or outfit! Pebble is working on a variety of apps to vastly expand the watch’s functionality, too.

We’ve backed this deal by pledging to buy the Office Pack, so five of us here at DNA 11 will be sync’d in style. Maybe we’ll even match our watchfaces to our own dna portraits!

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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on March 27th, 2012

Tunto Powerkiss lamp

Form and function? We’re all over this Tunto PowerKiss Lamp, which provides a powerful glow and integrated wireless charging station for your mobile devices. Via Uncrate:

Made from bent, ultrathin wood board, this unique lamp features PowerKiss wireless charging technology built into the base, touch-sensitive sensors for power and light intensity, and nine ultrathin LED lamps to provide plenty of light.

The Tunto PowerKiss is available in oak, walnut and birch for about $1,400 and is a perfect complement to your modern home.

If you’ve been searching for modern art, check out our DNA Portraits—the ultimate personalized art for fresh interiors.

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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on February 27th, 2012

A good wallet is hard to find—let alone one with a minimalist design and RFID protection. Designers Scott Hussa and Ken Minn have solved that problem with the HuMn wallet and a bunch of us here at DNA 11 can’t stop buzzing about it.

This Kickstarter project was born out of necessity and lots of traveling. Being two dudes on the go, Scott and Ken tried almost every type of wallet, money clip, card case, and wallet mutation out there. They were looking for a way to keep what they needed in their wallets, while getting rid of the things they didn’t.

All of the rejected wallets had a common problem: while they might start out “looking” slim, they would take on the usual bloated appearance once cards and cash were thrown in. To make things worse, almost all of the wallets out there didn’t protect against RFID skimming.

The HuMn Wallet is front pocket friendly and includes two plates (either aluminum or carbon fiber depending on the model) which are secured with an expandable band. Lots of different pledge options are available, so kickstart this project into gear!

Via Uncrate / Kickstarter.

Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on January 12th, 2012

It’s a design fact—light changes everything. So while it’s sophisticated enough for any modern space, I can’t help but think the child in all of us would appreciate the dreamy light and fun design of Almerich’s Yo-Yo lamp, designed in Spain. Via Design Milk:

Available as a floor or hanging lamp, the red fabric-covered cable is close to 33 feet and rolls up between the two diffusers just like the string of a yo-yo.

The true essence of a room lies in well-curated details, and this light is certainly a conversation piece. Afterall, the right accessories, unique furniture and personalized art can transform your space into something memorable and remarkable.

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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on January 5th, 2012

Biology meets technology meets design—London-based designer Samuel Wilkinson has created the Biome, an awe-worthy, technologically-influenced flora terrarium. Its climate, nutrients and water level can be controlled through your smartphone or tablet. Via Design Milk:

According to Wilkinson, “the idea promotes ‘digital downtime’ by finding an alternative use for smartphones and encouraging their owners to consider a slower life. The control and nurturing of a real mini eco-system takes patience and care, contrasting with the immediacy of messaging or tweeting that is so characteristic of the smartphone generation.”

The Biome was developed for an exhibition titled Slow Tech – Designs for Digital Downtime at trend agency Protein’s exhibition space. The exhibition was curated by Henrietta Thompson (editor-at-large at Wallpaper*).

Photo by Sylvain Deleu.

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