As Apple launched its redesigned Apple TV, many users are wondering what to do with their first generation model. Daniel Kurth (www.kurth.lu), designer of the Nixie Concrete Clock (www.nixie-concrete.com) came up with the idea of recycling its body to build the Apple TV 1 Nixie Clock.
Kurth has reused every structural element, integrated a nixie controller board, tube holders and replaced the top acrylic plate with a new CNC routed PVC plate.
The heavy duty tissue cable doubles as power cord and wall mount string.
All electronic components in the fully functioning clock are assembled by hand. Kurth will provide the CNC shapes (for the tube holders and cover plate) for free on request.
The vintage Z560M Nixie tubes, used in former East-Germany in the mid 20th century as numeric displays, were the inspiration for the design of Daniel Kurth’s (www.kurth.lu) Nixie Concrete clock.
The Luxembourgish designer enclosed the shiny orange Nixie tubes in a reinforced rough concrete body which can optionally be wall mounted. The strength of this design lies in the application of ‘retro technology’ and its interesting combination of components and materials, where one is easily fooled as to what is old and what is new. All electronic components in this fully functioning prototype are assembled by hand.
Unlike other clocks that make use of Nixie tubes, this one does not read like a traditional display. Kurth experienced that clocks – regardless of their esthetic value – sometimes form a disturbing factor in one’s house, since being constantly reminded of the time can be stressful. By rearranging the display, one can enjoy the playful interaction between the 6 different tubes without realising straight away what time it is. A short focus will however allow you to use it as a ‘normal’ clock. The time in the picture reads 10:23:54.
The Happy Covers collection features a range of covers for throw pillows and Apple’s iPad, decorated with various electronic components, computer stuff and Nixie tubes. The perfect gift for any geek, though pretty enough to spice up the couches and iPads of those who are sadly ‘techlexic’, not knowing (and not caring about) the difference between a transformer and transistor. The fact that the designs are based on techie items makes this collection both witty and unique. Apart from the “Geek” collection, Happy Covers also features the “Duo” range: sets of two pillows whose designs complete each other when placed together.
Happy Covers for iPad are the perfect solution for those who do not wish to carry around a separate bag for their device. The compact and lightweight (70g) covers allow you to transport your beloved iPad in your ‘normal’ bag while offering light protection from scratches, dust and dirt. The velcro fastener gives easy access to your device and the cover comes in handy as a support while using the iPad on a hard surface.
Besides from worrying about the products aesthetic value, Happy Covers also cares about the quality and durability of the product. Every component gets produced within the EU, all covers are made of 100% cotton and sewn together by hand (in Germany) – so each piece will be slightly different.
Happy Covers offers free Worldwide shipping on all items.
To reduce CO2 emission and shipping costs, the covers are delivered by default without the pillow fill/insert (optional).
Don’t forget to regularly stop by the webstore as new designs (and products) will be added to the collection.
Happy Covers is a project by Atelier Kurth in Luxembourg.
Atelier Kurth has been choosen to redesign the visual identity for the INTERREG IV B North West Europe 2008-2013 programme. The INTERREG IVB NWE Programme is an EU initiative supporting and funding transnational cooperation in the north west europe area on various levels with an ERDF budget of over 380 million €.
The logo aims towards the northwest direction in a mix of the member’s countries colors.