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An updated, upgrade on landline telephones. With Swiss upstart Punkt, Brit design superstar Jasper Morrison has done away with the unnecessary “advanced” frills of so many contemporary phones, but not the thrills of good design and function.
High-quality audio, big keys and readable on-screen fonts make this a phone for everyone in the family. There is the capability to hold up to 100 contacts, along with a built-in visual answering machine that allows user to check messages without having to listen to the whole recorded time sequence. “I thought about the old telephone, lying face down on its cradle,” says Jasper, “and asked myself if it wouldn't be better the other way round, so you could see the screen and dial the number without picking it up.”
An additional DP01 main unit may also be switched to “slave” mode and paired with another main unit.
Up to 6 phones can be used together, with only one needing to be plugged into the phone line.
There is a hands-free function and a range of original ringtones. All this in a compact DECT (digital-enhanced cordless telecommunication) form. Fits seamlessly into any room. Talk time of up to 10 hours; standby time up to 100 hours. FOR U.S. USE ONLY.
“We do things in 3-D on computers these days,” says Jasper Morrison, reflecting on a 35-year career as a designer. “We are considerably more efficient and precise, and we are able to have much more control over the finished article.” This giant of British design has been responsible for everything from alarm clocks to appliances, from telephones to trains (the Hannover Tram, the largest European light rail of its time.) Along the way, he’s collaborated with numerous brands including Alessi, Cappellini, Muji and Sony. Yet Jasper is unpretentious about his vast influence, honing in on a product’s function and even entitling his recent retrospective "Thingness," which, with typical perspective, he defines as "the quality that makes a thing good at what it does.”
“My designs are not about making something pretty, but about infusing things with meaning,” says technology entrepreneur Petter Neby of his Swiss company Punkt. Teaming up with acclaimed British designer Jasper Morrison, his goal was to create a new generation of electronic products with the elegant simplicity of vaunted names from the past. As Jasper says: “Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s motto ‘less is more’ and Dieter Rams’ ‘less is better’ capture what ought to underlie every design process. And this applies precisely to entertainment and home electronics.”
Punkt launched with its “new-classic” alarm clock, rapidly followed by its tabletop cordless phone, both marked by highly functional simplicity of design and a limited (and readily identifiable) color range. Both illustrate Petter’s take on modern life. “Today’s world is consumed with technology and I think we are too distracted by it in day-to-day life,” he says. “I founded Punkt. to offer a viable alternative to those feeling overwhelmed by the advanced technologies that have pervaded modern lifestyles.”