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Philco PC: Officially Entered in the IDEA Awards


SchultzeWORKS and the Philco PC have been invited to participate in the IDSA-sponsored IDEA awards, or the ‘International Design Excellence Awards’. Entries were due February 1st, 2010, so the Philco PC is now entered in the Computer Equipment / Concepts & Prototypes category. The competition write-up on the Project Challenge coincidentally addressed many of the entertaining comments and imaginative assumptions posted on gadget and design blogs, so that particular section is re-printed below.

The PhilcoPC project was a labor of love, motivated by the frustration of trying to build a new computer for use in design & 3D projects. This long and somewhat painful effort ultimately led to a purchase that was a disappointing compromise. These feelings triggered the challenge: could you design a computer that was as inspiring to look at — as it was to work with?

The research effort studied hundreds of computer cases before several trends emerged. One trend, common to most computers, was that commoditization had led to a monotonous mélange of black and beige. Another trend, used to great effect by Apple, was a pilgrimage towards ‘minimalism at all costs.’ As their products became more highly refined, monochromatic, polished, and serious, they lost almost all sense of fun and personality.

The aesthetic work then embarked on an exploration of the pre-digital world, nicknamed the ‘analog era,’ before miniaturization allowed
components to be shrunk smaller than the eye can see, into boxes that weren’t much to look at. This retro research revealed a goldmine
of inspirational forms that, somehow, had the power to remind us of simpler, happier times.

Philco PC: On the Cover of Real Design!

The PhilcoPC is now scheduled to appear in somewhere around 20 magazines, but its very first cover has now landed. Check out the March 2010 issue of Real Design, published in Hong Kong. I’m not sure what any of the text says, but the picture looks sweet and they spelled my name right.

Invitation to International Design Show

SchultzeWORKS designstudios was honored with an invitation to present the PhilcoPC project at the The 2010 Saint-Étienne (France) International Design Biennial, running for two weeks starting November 2, 2010. We were contacted by exhibition curator Mr. Benjamin Loyauté, who informed us that the Philco PC project was already ‘pre-approved’ thanks to the design and media attention it has recently generated.

The Philco PC is proposed to appear in an exhibition area themed ‘Prediction.’ The overall theme of the International Design Biennial’s 6th edition is focused on the notion of Teleportation. This idea deals with society’s current struggles with transportation congestion and the chronic lack of time. Increasing numbers of people are now working from home, empowered by their ability to transfer data and documents to their central office, until the system breaks down and they dream of being back in the office.

More information (mostly in French) at the event website.

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