Maxwell Ryan
May 13, 2005

Swedes Rule. Why don't they ever stop coming up with cool new stuff? Is there something in the water up there?

Brighthandle is the invention of Alexander Lervik and was launched at this year's Stockholm Furniture Fair. A streamlined handle with an acrylic wand tip, it glows green when unlocked and red when locked. It is powered by wires that run throught the door and can be programmed to glow at any time you want it to. Imagine the possibilities....

We are going to go out on a limb here to not only praise the simple, practical, sexy ingenuity of this deisgn, but also to predict that the combination of simple embedded lighting in furniture will be the hottest thing in town when it hits. If we had a design shop, we'd be throwing all sorts of LED's and shit into chairs, beds, you name it. It is going to happen.

Think about the glowing "sleep" light on the Apple laptops. That concept applied to furniture ("sleeping" chairs in restaurants? Hot.) is going to rock. The only ones doing it right now (that we know of) are Brighthandle and Glide, but no one has pushed it as far as it is going to go..... Okay, we'll stop now. We just really get excited about this. MGR

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