Technofashion?

I was recently invited to examine the Vivienne Tam edition of the HP Mini 1000 netbook. I won’t bother you with the techie details of the computer itself. But, it did get me thinking about the convergence of fashion and product design

2 SHOTS OF THE VIVIENNE TAM NETBOOK

Some of the best examples of products as fashion and function:

BANG & OLUFSEN BEOLAB 5 SPEAKERS

GENEVA LAB GENEVASOUND XL SOUND SYSTEM

MUJI WALL MOUNTED CD PLAYER

MERIDIAN AUDIO DSP8000 SPEAKERS

With technology imposing itself on more and more elements of our lives, I believe we have reached a crossroads in design. Will product designers like Jonathan Ive at Apple be elevated to the same level as Yves Saint Laurent, or will the Saint Laurent’s of the world design more than just clothes? Most likely the former will be the case as I’m not yet convinced that a fashion designer can also be a good product designer (and vice versa). Many fashion designers make you suffer for the sake of fashion. A good product designer’s job is to make technology assessible and attractive. But hell, I still salivate at the possibilities: imagine an Alexander Wang laptop or a stereo system by Tom Ford!