Back in Black: Home Tech from the Dark Side

Shopping Guide

With Valentine's Day on the way, there have been a ton of red product roundups, so we figured why not go to the dark side instead. For anyone who'd rather avoid the hearts and flowers of February 14th — or for those who just think black electronics look cool — here's a list for you.

5093f2fcd9127e2f10000475. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop The Ghostly Store
This webshop has a full collection of stylish black electronics, including calculators, speakers, headphones, clocks, and even trippy electronica-inspired artwork. Shown: 10 Key Calculator from IDEA International, $54.

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Decals allow you to go ultra-dark with any of your electronics. This webshop's peel-and-stick skins are available for most major types of cell phones, laptops, e-readers, and MP3 players. Shown: MacBook Skin in Black Woodgrain, $20.

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The new Jawbone Jambox is a wireless speaker that doubles as a speaker phone and connects to your iPhone (and other devices) using Bluetooth. It's available in 4 colors, each with a different texture — this is the Black Diamond, $200.

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Founded by designers Dominic Symons and Melissa Sunjaya, this store focuses on good looking solutions to common problems—for example, cord wranglers, adaptable charging stations, and desks designed for laptop users. Shown: Refresh Charging Station, $90.

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This Los Angeles store is run by a husband and wife team who are always in search of new, cutting-edge design. Their webshop is a good place to stay up-to-date on mod tech trends. Shown: Sam Hecht's Jetlag Alarm Clock, $40.

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Designed by Jonas Damon, the Areware 2B Radio has an open back that allows you to see its vacuum tubes. It's a simple black box design made of aluminum and MDF, it's MP3 compatible, and it sells for $350.

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Their specialty is trendy electronics (many from Japan), and they have an impressive selection of headphones from Audio-Technica, Marshall, Urbanears, AiAiAi, and other brands. Shown: AiAiAi TMA-1 DJ Headphones, $200.

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The gold standard for designer gifts, the MoMA Store only carries products with pedigree. Their home tech selection includes several shiny black clocks, radios, and speakers. Shown: Numbers Clock by Jonas Damon, $85.

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The GenevaSound S HiFi Docking Station ($300) comes with a built-in iPod/iPhone dock, FM radio, programmable alarm clock, and three color options. While the red and white are nice, the black is by far the most hardcore.

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European company Karlsson Clocks makes a number of mod black clock faces that they sell through various US retailers. This Flip Calendar Clock, available through Bed, Bath, & Beyond, sells for $150.

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MUJI has a number of electronics designed by Naoto Fukasawa, including this pair of cardboard speakers. Affordable and chic, they fold up into a flat, envelope-sized surface. Shown: Cardboard Speakers in Black, $38.

Top Photo: Better in Black Collection from the Ghostly Store