Telephones by Chauhan Studio

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Milan 08: London-based Chauhan Studio will launch four new telephones for SunCorp Communications in Milan during the furniture fair next month.

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The range consists of phones called Colombo One, Colombo Two (above and top), Big and Sandy Eco (below) - a "green" phone made of recycled plastic and which comes in recycled packaging.

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Chauhan Studio, which consists of designers Tej and Sach Chauhan, will show the products at Via Tortona, 31, in Milan's Zona Tortona district, from 16-21 April.

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Colombo One
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Big

The following information is from Chauhan Studio:

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Chauhan Studio launches new and exciting product designs at the Salone del Mobile 2008.

Chauhan Studio has designed four new telephones, Colombo One, Colombo Two, Big and Sandy Eco with telecommunications giant SunCorp Communications.

The Colombo Family:

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Colombo One (below) and Colombo Two (above) are new cordless telephones. The designs follow the principle of the studio to create products that are visually timeless, without blindly following current trends. Their intention was to create a family of products that are quietly beautiful and timeless in their execution. The challenge for them was to figure out how to re-establish a visual relationship between earpiece and mouthpiece, whilst incorporating all of the technology required of today’s modern telephones such as digital displays and multi-function keypads.

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This was achieved by grouping two areas on the phone with colour and form that’s intuitive both visually and when in use; the earpiece part of the display and the mouthpiece part of the keypad. The result is a design that looks unique and modern yet comfortingly familiar at the same time. They have used shapes and lines that will always work well with one another and therefore age gracefully.

Colombo One stands upright on its base, reminiscent of the early Ericofon of the 50’s and 60’s. The slightly angled earpiece /mouthpiece relationship is a modern take on the classic old generation receivers. Colombo One inspired Colombo Two, which in contrast lies face down in it base. The shape unhindered by having to be freestanding, the handset can be acutely angled for both usability and character. Both designs prioritise comfort. Each design will be available in three colours: white, black and one accent; “Bobby Trolley Green’ for One and ‘Special Orange’ for Two. The Colombo family is intended to be a comfortable, well-dressed and a happy one, visually accessible and affordable, designed to appeal to a broad target audience. Colombo Two will be available in May 2008, followed shortly by Colombo One and also Three, a corded product currently in development.

Big:

Big (below) is a DECT telephone designed with size in mind; while being a very desirable design in its own right, the keys and display are all “oversized” to help those with poor vision or limited dexterity. Designed as a visually simple unit with a clear graphical layout, the intention is for Big to appeal not only to those who require the enhanced usability, but to a “cooler” audience too as the design is quite neutral and willsuit any environment.

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The bases can be wall mounted. This is usually a challenge; making something that looks good on the desk doesn’t always look that great when wall mounted and vice versa. This problem was addressed by changing the orientation of the bases, so that they sit “lengthways” on a desk with the handset facing forwards. This way, when wall mounted the base doesn’t protrude from the wall too much and by hiding the wall mount bracket, it also appears to float. Again, the design doesn’t use superfluous surfacing and details and therefore will age well. Nice big keys and nice big display.

Big will be available to buy in April 08.

Sandy Eco:

Sandy was originally launched in 2005 and here we have a new version; Sandy Eco (below). Now made from 100% recycled plastics, the design retains its original ethos of simple clean lines and affordable price point. It will come in a simple recyclable gift box with recycled Quick Start Guide with full instructions available online. Sandy Eco also features an Eco mode, which transmits less power to the base when not in use and a Code of Conduct energy efficient power supply. It’s a telephone for the home and designed as such, big and comfortable and with a neutral colour palette to suit any environment. The new Sandy Eco will be available in April 08.

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  • Andrew S.

    LOVE the red one (from the views shown of it at least). I wonder how the backside looks..

  • Ben

    Red one is very iconic, and makes alot of sense having the kink init. The others are starting to blend into whats already out there the last one being a direct decendant of the + – O phone by Fukasawa.

  • http://www.circle-pr.com Jodi

    When was the + – 0 cordless phone launched? was it not just over a year ago? ( i have a terrible memory!).. if I am right, then Sandy, the original design by ChauhanStudio was launched in 2005, pre-dating Fukasawa’s work.. This new version, Sandy Eco, by ChauhanStudio is a version that uses only recycled materials and has an an energy efficient setting…. also it will retail for approx £20.00… Brilliant!

    Perhaps this is simply as case of great designers create alike..

  • Ben

    Must be the same time cordless phone was launched in 2005 just as the rest +-o range and shop (which will soone be opening a store in europe), Also nice to see no floral patterns on the products, unlike the nokia work just before, a nice simple elegance, great minds must think alike.

  • yung

    I am going to replace my B&O with the red one!
    kidding…

  • Stephen

    Not sure who needs a phone like this. Seems behind the times, technologically.

  • andrew

    I am going to replace my alessi – siemens with the colombo 2 !
    seriously…its been a terrible phone
    wondering if there is an answer phone built in..?

  • http://www.boryee.cn solincess

    非常不错,很漂亮~~~ beautiful & succinct

  • andrew

    got 10 out of the very 1st batch of only 75 phones coming mid september…can post worldwide …
    aandrew@hotmail.co.uk

  • http://www.powerreps.com Krie

    Is there a way to locate someone locally to try this?