Don’t let the traditional appearance of this rocking chair fool you- the iRock was especially developed by Micasa Lab to fit your every modern need. Transforming energy is the real challenge of the future. From the stored energy in a Pepperoni Pizza to the chemical energy that the person in a rocking chair uses to rock it to the kinetic energy that the movement itself generates for the… iPad. By using a generator mounted under the rocking chair, the iRock is able to make use of the kinetic energy generated by the chair and use it to charge an iPad.
The design is inspired by old fashioned rocking chairs and so is the choice of material, oak. But the resemblances stop here, as the iRock is equipped with a battery that charges when the iPad isn’t mounted and also a set of built it speakers. The iRock comes with an app that will track the iRock motion and is able to play real sounds from 8 types of old rocking chairs. The iRock is planned for launch in late spring 2014. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Micasa Lab]
The String shelf system was designed in 1949 by the swedish architect and designer Nils Strinning. Easy to assemble and reposition, this well-formed system, with its ingenious design, is stable and functional. String® is available in several formats: the classic system, plex (launched in 1953), pocket (2005) and works (2014). The SH05 Arie shelf was designed by Arik Levy in 2008 for E15. The clever design enables a multitude of seamless combinations, made possible without any obvious visual repetition. Arie functions well as a bookcase, room divider, sideboard or storage unit.
The best modular shelving systems will encourage individual expression and personal style. An investment in both design and practicality, they are something that we choose to live with (design is arguably always a choice). Famed industrial designer Dieter Rams once remarked: “I am convinced that a well-thought-out design is decisive to the quality of a product. A poorly-designed product is not only uglier than a well-designed one but it is of less value and use. Worst of all it might be intrusive.” This quote, from a speech on ‘Design by Vitsœ’ presented by Rams in New York, 1976, remains pertinent today.