Thumm by Pana Objects

An eye-pleasing beech wood iPhone dock that amplifies your tunes acoustically, with no plugs required

While many of the latest speakers for smartphones rely on highly specialized tech like Bluetooth or Airplay connectivity, a group of Thai designers chose to strip it all down to one material—beech wood. The result is a simple, beautiful speaker that uses natural acoustics, not circuits. Bangkok-based Pana Objects, a studio started by seven friends, embraces wood—unpainted, left as close to its natural state as …

Maison & Objet 2014: Turkish Designers

Four up-and-comers twist their country's tradition, from rugs to tea tables, at the Paris design fair

With every edition of the Parisian interior design show at Maison & Objet, a group of talented up-and-comers is celebrated as potentially famous signatures under the label “talents la carte.” This January 2014 edition saw the jury putting the spotlight on the emerging Turkish creative sceneunderstandable, since Istanbul is currently producing some of the world’s most interesting designers. Among the selection of six promising designers, …

Coburns by Fine Grain

A portable set of two hardwood pieces form a minimal iPad stand, with almost limitless adjustability

Together, Levi Price and Eric Rea make up Fine Grain, a new design duo that formed in 2012 for their first product, the Bowden iPad case. It combines aircraft-grade aluminum, hardwood and leather to protect your iPad thoroughly without making sacrifices in the aesthetic department. Fine Grain pushes the boundaries of materials again with their newest project Coburns; two separate hardwood pieces that prop up …