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Thursday, March 18, 2010

IDEA International

This just in! Objects from Japanese design collective IDEA International. Clever timepieces, headphones that stay put, a handy 10-key calculator for your laptop, and more.

Bell Alarm Clock
Designer: Industrial Facility
Materials: ABS plastic, acrylic, and steel
Dimensions: 4 x 3.75 x 2.5"
Price: $67

Noted for its decibel level as well as its stylish design, this clock is sure to wake you from a deep slumber. "Bell" is a new format for the alarm clock that moves the bell component to the back and uses it as part of the body. This not only saves on components and simplifies the appearance, but also allows for a much louder ring. Available in black or white.

Icon Watch

Designer: &design
Materials: ABS plastic and stainless steel body; polyeurethane band
Dimensions: 1.25 x 1.25" (case)
Price: $75

With a shape recalling computer graphics from an earlier era, the Icon Watch is available in dove gray or black.

Caocao Clock
Designers: Yoj i Ishi i × Yasuhiro Ikeda
Materials: Aluminum and glass
Dimensions: 9.5" diameter
Price: $75

The shape drawn by the thee hands changes as this clock ticks away, forming various facial expressions.

Microgem Headphones

Designer: IDEA International
Materials: ABS, stainless steel
Price: $30

A special slim and light earphone which fits comfortably in your ear. As it will not fall out easily it makes a great companion for a jog or trip to the gym.
10-Key Calculator
Designer: Ippei Matsumoto
Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.5 x .5"
Price: $57
This retro-looking piece can be used as a standalone calculator or connected to your laptop with USB cord (included). The satisfying "click" you hear when pressing the buttons may leave you finding reasons to calculate all sorts of equations. Windows compatable only.

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