I think I should have been Canadian. Something about their aesthetics and zest for clean lines and design is so appealing. Every time I see an atrocious strip mall, I think about my trip to Vancouver where the simplest storefronts are stylish without being too trendy. And did I mention how clean everything is? No graffiti in sight. It’s amazing. Well, leave it up to the Canucks to create a clean tray to house your Apple wireless keyboard and keypad for your desk. The Combine Collective represents an ensemble of local Canadian artists who fuse art and technology for modern convenience. If you’re looking for a way to warm up your desk with natural wood accents, this is the perfect balance to the cold austere (yet beautiful) design of Mac products. Below the placement of the keyboard and pad is smaller vestibules for hiding unwanted clutter like pens and paperclips and whatever else you can easily loose in the mess. The tray can be ordered for right or left-handers. The purchase of this tray is a sure way to add some polish to your mundane office desk. Get yours for $99 CAD.
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Well, I wouldn’t call it “the best desk ever,” but it is rather good for a home office solution or start-up business environment. The Sequel office system by BDi consists of a desk, a return workspace and below surface filing cabinets. Choose from three finishes – natural stained cherry, espresso stained oak, or natural walnut – to complement its subtle, contemporary elements like the brushed steel accents and a unique micro-etched black tempered glass top that is resistant to fingerprints. No need for a mouse pad; the glass surface is also compatible for use with an optical mouse. The integrated modesty panels help hide cables and the keyboard tray is lined with neoprene to prevent any slipping when typing. You can find out more at BDi as well as locate a dealer near you. San Diego-based Hold It happened to be on-site at the Dwell Design show and provided all of the info. If I recall correctly, the L-shaped configuration is handsomely priced below $1,000.
And if interested about its designer, Matthew Weatherly is a young artist with a degree from Pratt and studied at Denmark’s Design School. With this basic background information, you can easily see his influence at work.
In celebration of the new season of Mad Men, I thought it would be nice to take a stroll down memory lane to an era of mid-century modernism. This comes from Plastolux, a fantastic blog of everything modern. Take a tour of this classic example of “form follows function” and “less is more” with Eero Saarinen’s bank project in Columbus, Indiana. Built in 1954 and has remained true to its natural form. Kuddos.