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Prisma from Toncelli = Want.

One of the things that has always bugged me about our house are the Ikea cabinets that were used in the kitchen. There is nothing really wrong with them, I just want something with a better fit and finish. We haven’t pulled the trigger on a kitchen upgrade yet for a couple of reasons, one of them being finding the right look for the house and extremely open floor plan.

The current kitchen setup is a large white island with a black Paper Stone counter. It is void of hardware, and the glass cook-top disappears into the surface creating a large black area floating in the center of the room. There is a single wall of cabinets that run floor to ceiling behind it. The kitchen is minimalist, clean and utilitarian.

Today, while browsing through Toncelli’s website I came across the new kitchen designs for 2012 and saw something I really like. Something I would install in my house in a heartbeat. Toncelli’s new PRISMA line. This is a high-tech kitchen with a minimalist aesthetic, great geometric lines, high-grade surfaces and finishes, and remarkably similar to what already exists in my home.

PRISMA is simple, modern, and dynamic, with revolutionary technologies provided by Samsung (the funny thing is, that sure looks like an iPad in these photos not a Samsung tablet) . Prisma was designed in collaboration with user experience design firm Experientia from Turin. This partnership has resulted in a series of surfaces that create a “prismatic” composition that transmits an immediate sense of weightlessness, emphasised by the lights that illuminate the pieces from below. The invisible handles, which include a vertical version for the refrigerator help to minimize the look of Prisma giving it a sculptural quality.

The counter surfaces are an interactive workbench that features a Samsung touch-screen computer, with an internet connection for constant updates to content from a programmed menu.

This is Foxy, Paper Foxy That Is.

Australian illustrator/designer/3D modeler Jeremy Kool is in the process of creating an interactive book titled “The Paper Fox” for tablets like the iPad.

When I first saw these images I thought “What an impressive display of paper sculpture, and origami. When I found out they are 3D models that he has created and rendered I was blown away. Both processes would have been pretty impressive, but the 3D renders knock my socks off because they are so convincing. Reproducing a tangible object in 3D software is hard enough, but to nail the lighting, texture maps, the structural look the way Kool has is a step above the rest.

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I can’t wait to see the final interactive book, and I am really tempted to purchase one of the limited edition prints from “The Paper Fox Store”.

 

Ad Receptivity on Connected Devices.

I’m all infographicky today. This interesting (and well designed) infographic from Moxie shows the numbers for  ad receptivity on connected devices like your iPhone or iPad. Some interesting numbers are; 93% think location-based ads are more useful than standard ads, and 92% don’t want to be taken out of the application when the ad launches. (no surprise there). If you get a chance you might want to download and read the free report from here. There is a lot more useful information that goes well beyond what this shows.

iAds for Android.

I think this is rather ironic. 2359 Media created an HTML 5 based iAd for the HTC Desire S to run on the iPad. OK, why is this ironic? Because the HTC Desire S runs Android, Apple’s biggest mobile OS competitor.

The iAd itself is well done and quite engaging, with full interactivity and animations that take advantage of iOS’s gestures, but it’s still an iAd for iOS, advertising an Android device. This just cracks me up. The iAd, which launches from a banner ad has a clean look that even feels like the minimalist Apple aesthetic. Was the ad a success? Apparently so. 2359 Media says on their website that users spent up to 500% more time on the site exploring the features of the HTC phone thanks to the rich touch-based interactions, animations, videos, and slick images, compared to other non-rich media ads.