Future Forms is attempting to document the best in industrial design as it relates to consumer electronics. There is definitely more attention paid to design today but these past products deserve more credit than they are given. I feel these designs were ahead of their time and still hold up today. My hope is that by making this site open to contributions, we can learn more about both the products and the individuals that made them.
For the first time, anyone can now make quality records at home with just the push of a button. Check out this kickstarter campaign for the Phonocut Home Vinyl Recorder. It will run you 1500 Euros but imagine the possibilities.
A puzzle at first to all, it will continue to delight after you learn how to tell time with colors on this playful, original creation. Handmade in Cotati, California USA by horologist, Barry Gamble. For those who don’t know, Barry Gamble designed the Aurora Clock and Prisma Clock amongst many others. The Time Cubed clock […]
The classic mid-century clock gets an update with a broader spectrum of colors and a lower voltage LED backlight that adjusts to the brightness in the room. The original version had problems with the heat from the lamp melting the colored lens. Unfortunately, this upgrade comes with a hefty high price tag of $699. Buy from MOMA.
The Quadrifolio by Ultravox is a much sought after radio from the late 60s. Mario Bellini designed this classic but it appears someone is producing a cheap imitation. I’m not sure how this radio is not protected by patents but I’ve seen a couple people trying to sell these as the original on Etsy. Be warned, […]
It looks like a new concept in headphones is here – or is it? The idea of a headband that passed vibrations through your bones was mentioned in a previous post about the Bone Fone. It was a flop. However, design and storytelling has improved greatly since the 80s. I wonder if consumers will be […]