Love it or hate it, technology has become an integral part of our lives. From smartphones to smart homes, we live in a digitally-driven world. But enjoying the conveniences of technology doesn’t mean having to live in a mess of wires, cables, and screens. These six products demonstrate how technology and art can combine seamlessly to make our world better and more beautiful.
Ask any interior designer what their pet peeve is when designing a living space and their answer will likely be “figuring out how to hide the television.” Well designers rejoice because Samsung has introduced The Frame, a 4K television from Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar that doubles as a digital display for works of art. The Frame hangs flush to the wall, just like a real picture, and works with a motion sensor to turn off when you’re not in the room.
Apple has been combining form and function since it created the first Apple I in 1976. Steve Jobs’ passion for simplicity has been well documented and is credited with fueling a design revolution the world over, so it’s no surprise that the MacBook is another example of distinctive design. The MacBook is “the most portable mainstream laptop in existence.” Weighing in at less than a kilogram and just 13.1 millimetres thick, it leaves a beautiful impression on your kitchen counter, your home office desk – anywhere you want to work.
The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin wireless speaker may borrow its exaggerated cylindrical shape from the eponymous airship of the early 20th century, but its technology is decidedly futuristic. The speaker supports Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, and Spotify Connect. High fidelity sound and beautiful design at your fingertips.
The Bang & Olufsen design philosophy has always been that function follows form, but that doesn’t mean that the Danish company’s products aren’t state-of-the-art, quite the opposite. For almost a century the Bang & Olufsen name has been synonymous with outstanding performance. Their latest collection fuses technology and art in smooth brass tones designed to spread beauty and announce that brass is back.
When it first debuted in 2011, critics dubbed the Nest Thermostat “the world’s most beautiful thermostat.” High praise for a household item that had previously been relegated to the realm of basic necessity with no one paying much attention to form or design. But the creative team at Nest Labs was convinced that a thermostat could be sexy. Turns out they were right.
We’ll wrap up this list the same way we started – with artful technology from Samsung. The Samsung Soundbar provides cinema-worthy sound with a seamless one-piece design. Eleven speakers create perfectly balanced sound that reaches every corner of the room. It’s a stunning addition to any home theatre.
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