Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Design Trends

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Design Trends

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

PULL the plug on old-school home gadgets that require mains power. The latest rechargeable batteries and low-energy LED lights and motors are creating a wireless world of portable furniture, lighting, audio, vacuum cleaners and household tools. Some don't even need to be recharged via the mains -- they are powered by the sun or via wind-up lever.

1 THE ETON ROAD TORQ The Eton Road Torq is an always-ready emergency road beacon with a windup handle: one minute's cranking yields 15 minutes of powerful LED torchlight and a flashing beacon, or charge via a DC car power lead; [pounds sterling]35.95, from amazon.co.uk or call Nevada on 023 92 313090 (nevadaradio.co.uk).

2 SOLAR-POWERED RAPTOR RADIO -- AND BOTTLE OPENER The splash-proof, rubberised Raptor is a sturdy solar-powered radio that also provides an emergency charge for your phone. It will play continuously in sunlight, or for up to eight hours in the dark. It is also an LED torch, altimeter, barometer, compass, alarm clock -- and even a bottle opener; [pounds sterling]99.99, from amazon.co.uk or call Nevada on 023 92 313090 (nevada radio.co.uk).

3 NIGHTNIGHT LIGHTS NightNight lights are powder-coated stand-up steel animal shapes -- a rhino, bear or elephant. Created by Sixties designer Clifford Richards, they are back-lit at night with power from a sunshaped solar panel; [pounds sterling]28.95 from prettydandy.co.uk 4 SQUIL COFFEE TABLE Press a switch and the Squil coffee table by Clay Designs (claydesigns.co.uk) becomes an illuminated sculpture, thanks to strips of low-energy LEDs set into its FSC-certified timber slats. A seven-hour charge gives at least 12 hours of light. It's 80cm by 80cm by 40cm high, with a slightly larger glass top; [pounds sterling]3,750 to order. Call 01260 224738 or visit madebyhandsofbritain.com 5 THE JONGO SPEAKER The Jongo S340B is a portable rechargeable wireless speaker with wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity and 360-degree sound, to use on its own or as a multi-room music system. …

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