Today’s homes have more hardcore tech and electronics than you can shake a USB stick at, which leaves designers with the interesting conundrum of how to make all those cables and black boxes look pretty and feel comfortable to use. Gizmag gets hands on with Swedish company Bosign's range of Surfpillows, Laptrays and the enigmatically named Hideaway.
According to retail trend analysts like Tom Mirable, tech-bred GenYs (or Millenials) are now at the stage of moving into their first homes, getting married and having kids. There is more entertaining going on in the home than ever, not to mention the emerging habit of surfing and consuming content everywhere from the lounge to the loo (really, that's what we hear). It's these very trends that Bosign's product range intends to tap.
Surfpillow & Tabletpillow for extreme surfing
How many of us have turned to the pillow to reduce the risk of fried laps and slipping laptops? Bosign designer Harald Hynell has evolved the humble pillow to the Surfpillow. I'm typing this very article on one—laptop skewed at a rakish angle, leg tapping impatiently.
It works pretty well. The laptop didn't crash to the floor or overheat, thanks to six round white silicon discs that make the bright red Surfpillow look a bit like a flattened, rectangular mushroom. It's also comfortable, feeling a little like having a mini beanbag perched on your thighs. One size fits all laptops (9- 17-inches) and is available in nine color and design combinations at €31 (US$39).
Hynell also created the Mini Laptray: a lacquered willow tray nestled on a similar comfy cushion at €38.88 ($49). It measures 43 x 23 x 6.5 cm (16.9 x 9.1 x 26 in.) compared to its big brother, the Laptray at 46 x 38 cm (18.1 x 15 in.).
Hynell and co-designer Amelia Chong created a petite version of the Surfpillow, the Tabletpillow 2. It's a 27 x 22 x 9.5 cm (10.6 x 8.7 x 3.7) cushion with a lip and non-slip silicon print to stop your tablet sliding. Two inner pockets let you stash your tablet while on the go, or cache extra USB sticks, pens and other tools of the trade. The cushion/mount/sleeve will set you back €29.95 (just under $38).
The Hideaway lets you charge all your devices while hiding the cables inside. Madness? The path to burning your house down? Fortunately not. The Hideaway, designed by Jonathan Maltz, has won a few innovation awards for covering all bases. It’s fireproof, has a recessed anti-slip lid so gadgets don’t slip off, has holes for ventilation, space for a multi-socket extension lead and a click function to keep cables in place. It's available in three sizes: small, medium and x-large priced from €26.88 ($34) to €52.13 ($65.50).
The Tabletpillow, Surfpillow and Mini Laptray help you to flop, surf, eat and drink wherever you want instead of in demarcated areas while the Hideaway gets rid of those pesky cables safely. The whole range is washable, and we reckon the designs are stylish and functional. What more could you ask for?