Wood look tech-toys for analogue-inspired interiors
We still crave a bit of warmth to go with our technology. However sleek things get and the more wireless and wondrous they become, the desire for a tactile surface or visual softness never goes away. Many wireless speakers have latched onto fabric covers as a way of blending into the domestic realm, but for our money there’s only one material that can give technology an analogue sheen in this digital age, and that’s wood.
Ruark has deepened its collaboration with Linley, following the earlier bespoke version of the Tempo Radio. The Ruark x LINLEY Amplis Audio System takes melodic marquetry to another level, with an inlaid case that is hand-crafted at LINLEY’s workshop using a number of matched veneers. Evoking the radiant Deco-style forms often found on early wireless cabinets, there are three different colourways available. The veneers include Sycamore, Pama, Bolivar and Anegre, meticulously matched and combined to create a device that looks as good as it sounds.
Ruark Audio R1
The latest version of Ruark’s R1 is the fourth iteration of this modern classic. Combining DAB and Bluetooth, the compact R1 is now upgraded to a USB-C charger with the addition of Light Cream and Espresso finishes. The signature slatted wooden grille is neatly hand-crafted to create a discrete but elegant device fit for any shelf or surface.
Joy Resolve Wireless Charger
We’re big fans of Joy Resolve’s Barisieur, a coffee-brewing alarm clock. Their latest product is more low-key and less eye-opening but still beautifully functional. Deploying the Qi Wireless Charging standard – as used by Apple’s new iPhone 12 and many Android phones – into a simple walnut-clad coaster, it can also be plugged into the charge port of your coffee machine for effective desk consolidation.
Tivoli Audio Limited Edition Model One
Another radio with admirable longevity, Tivoli Audio’s Model One is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020. The American firm’s rectangular dial-driven device is honoured with a walnut wood special edition with inlaid mother-of-pearl, eschewing DAB in favour of a straightforward AM/FM set-up (with added Bluetooth connectivity if you can’t live without podcasts).
Finally, a wood object designed for the digital era but decidedly low-tech in its appeal. All-American company Grovemade offer a wide range of desk accessories, using natural materials like laminated and moulded walnut and maple plywood, vegetable tanned leather and natural cork. Its latest offering is an iPad stand; wood, steel and Merino wool come together to make a simple design statement for this desktop essential.