produced by AU
There's a time of day when a mobile phone isn't mobile: those hours in the evening between work and sleep, when you're home eating and relaxing. We started to think about how "furniture for mobile phones" might make this time of day even more pleasant. At home, you need to be able to answer your phone easily if it rings. You probably want to recharge it, and it's helpful for viewing video segments, taking photographs and using the camera-phone if it's stable.
With these requirements in mind, we stabilized our "phone furniture" with an electrical outlet that worked with any handset size and specification. Instead of putting the phone aside on the floor or on a shelf, we wanted to make it a main element in the room, so we used the height of indoor plants and lighting fixtures as a reference, and came up with two heights: a tabletop version and a taller floor stand that can go by beds and sofas.
We didn't want the electrical cord to get in the way, so the base of the floor stand doubles as a cordholder, and the base of the tabletop type is deep enough to hold keys, change and other small things that might otherwise scatter around the table. We also devised digital contents like a clock and an animated flame image for the screen to turn our phone-stand into a "candelabra" or a "clock".