Habitus loves… Digital Design

According to the dictionary, digital means: (of signals or data) expressed as series of the digits 0 and 1, typically represented by values of a physical quantity such as voltage or magnetic polarization. Of course we have absolutely no idea what this means either, but we do know that we love the futuristic aesthetic of digital devices. By Stephen Lacey.

11 Jul 2014
Hodge Podge USB and Table Light

Created by: Arik Levy

Why we love it: Well for a start it was designed by the multi-award winning Arik Levy, a former surf-shop owner who founded his own studio in Paris in 1997. Plus there’s something about its cheeky multi-functionality that makes us smile. As well as being a very funky lamp, it comes with a USB connector to charge your mobile and a digital clock attached. Clever.

Where you can get it: KE-ZU

Sonos Music System

Created by: Mieko Kusano

Why we love it: Sonos completely revolutionised home entertainment, enabling us to stream all the music in the world into every room of our house… wirelessly. We love the smooth streamlined aesthetic of the individual components and the way they don’t yell 1980’s bachelor pad. We love the way the 9-speaker Playbar has the power to turn your ordinary TV into a 5.1 home theatre. We love that you can add a wireless sub-woofer for some real oomph. Heck, we love everything about this incredibly clever system.

Where you can get it: Sonos

LZF digital dimming system

Created by: Sandro Tothill and Marivi Calvo

Why we love it: In the past, having the ability to dim fluorescent lights was a convoluted and expensive process, involving the installation of in-wall cabling. LZF’s ‘Dimming for the People’ is a hell of a lot easier, enabling you to simply switch on and off, or dim up and down with a smart remote controller. Available for all of LZF’s T5 models, both suspension and floor.

Where you can get it: KE-ZU

BeoVision 11

Created by: David Lewis Designers

Why we love it: Why we love it: Because it’s arguably the most beautiful TV set ever created. Plus it is loaded with technology. Suffice to say, the set delivers razor sharp images (the set continuously adjusts brightness and contrast for optimal viewing comfort) and impressive volume and bass from each of its six amplified speakers. We really appreciate the motorised stand that automatically remembers your angle-of-viewing preferences. There are six front fabric colours to choose from, a front frame in silver or black, and rear cabinet in black or white.

Where you can get it: Bang & Olufsen stores

Digital Calculator

Created by: Dietrich Lubs and Dieter Rams.

Why we love it: Because just when you thought the calculator was about as relevant as cassette tapes and dial telephones, Braun reissues this stunningly simple piece of design that Kraftwerk would be happy to sing about. Originally released in 1987 as the ET66 (now the BNE001BK) this is one of Braun’s most iconic designs. It comes with an 8 digit operating capacity and auto power off.

Where you can get it: BYMR

Digital alarm clock radio

Created by: Markus Orthey of Braun Design

Why we love it: Because it’s not only a functional radio and alarm clock, it looks uber-modern on the Anna Castelli storage unit we use as a bedside table. And we aren’t the only ones who love it…the device picked up a Red Dot Award for product design in 2012 plus an IF Gold Award for product design last year. Measuring 180mm x 90 mm x 56mm, it is available in black, white and grey with an LCD display.

Where you can get it: BYMR