Bringing 21st Century Tech to 19th Centiury Decor

Bringing 21st Century Tech to 19th Centiury Decor

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Taryn Williford
Sep 11, 2008

As a techie, if your taste is modern and minimal, you've got an endless array of options for outfitting your space with the latest technology. Finding an iPod dock that looks at home on your parsons table? Easy. But what about those of us with more ornate tastes? Designer Fiona Thompson "unleashed" a few designs inspired by an attempt to bring 21st century technology to 19th century home decor, including a Beethoven bust iPod dock, a rechargeable candelabra and a sitting dog lamp.

Each piece in the designer's collection embodies hidden technology, transforming an ornamental object into a functional and practical object.

The Mp3 speakers of the Ode to Beethoven provide a popular piece of technology with a decorative accessory.

An icon of traditional ornate lighting design is transformed into a cordless lamp when it's lifted from its charging dock with the Cordless Candelabra.

The Sit lamp, featuring a glass shade in place of this ceramic pooch's head, was inspired by large animal statues found in grand 19th century homes.

[ via Dezeen ]

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