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Seamus Bellamy | Writer: Mac|Life Magazine

Mac|Life Writer Seaumus Bellamy brings to our attention this interesting and creative new way to interact with your iPhone. Forget the iPad! Here’s the iTable! Read Seamus’s report here:

Ignoring the iPhone’s diminutive size, Steve Jobs recently commented on the fact that the when it comes to touch-based devices, size is everything. During an earnings call with the company’s investors and the media, Jobs quipped about the disdain he held for touchscreen devices with less than seven inches of screen real estate, saying “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the differences, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size.” Either out of respect for Jobs’ unfaltering sympathy for hot dog-fingered tech users, or a dire fear of sandpaper, a group of intrepid developers have undertaken the development of a new way to work Apple’s smallest touchscreen device.

It’s big. Literally.

TableConnect | iTable?

TableConnect | iTable?

Table Connect utilizes a jailbroken iPhone, a mission-specific app and an enormous custom-built 56-inch capacitive touch screen table to embiggen your iPhone interface to a size that would make even Paul Bunyan’s meaty digits feel right at home. According to the developer’s website, by hooking your jailbroken iPhone to the table’s built-in dock connector (now there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen) you’ll be able to every aspect of your iPhone. At this point, only a prototype mock up of Table Connect has seen the light of day. However, the device’s developer has posted a countdown clock to their site, promising a big reveal in just a little bit over four days from now. When it happens, you know we’ll be there to bring you up to speed on it.

Ready Solar 2

World's first completely pre-assembled, all AC solar electric system.

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In addition to reduced installation costs, the unique Solar in a Box design offers end users distinct performance and aesthetic benefits:

Micro-inverters convert DC electricity into AC at each panel. This feature increases the output of each panel and significantly reduces production loss caused by shade.
Dangerous high voltage DC electricity is eliminated.
Unsightly exterior wall mounted equipment is eliminated.
The sleek frame integrates the system into the roof like a skylight.
Modular design allows for easy future system expansion.
Pre-assembled design simplifies future roof maintenance.
Proactive and interactive web-based monitoring included.
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The Michigan Designs Center’s Henredon Interior Design Showroom will be sponsoring a free event Ready, Set , Summer Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11 am to 12 noon, hosted by our longtime friend and talented designer, Gene Galley, in the Design Center’s Mid-America Room, Suite 86. Gene is simply one of the best and he knows his stuff and how to share it a clear, concise, and enteraining way. Check it out if you have the chance! Here’s the details from the MDC.

Get prepared now to take advantage of the summer months ahead by attending this enlightening presentation by Gene Galley, owner of NOBLE, a home, garden and lakestyle store located in Lexington, Michigan. During this kick-off to Henredon’s Ready, Set, Summer, Gene will offer helpful hints for making the most of your summer entertaining opportunities. In addition to offering suggestions for turning porches, patios and decks into an oasis with container plantings, Gene will be providing a few quick recipes that you can put together in minutes so you will spend less time cooking and more time enjoying your guests. He will also be demonstrating tips on setting your table alfresco.

There is no cost to attend this event but advance reservations are requested by clicking the link below. Following the presentation, all attendees are invited back to suite 98 to enjoy a light luncheon and a special tour of exciting new product offerings from Laneventure and Gloster. To register for teh event, jut click the this link: Register Ready, Set, Summer!


Talk about a bang for the buck! Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.

Won Park is the master of Origami.  He is also called the “money folder,” a practitioner of origami whose  canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting,  and folding, he creates life-like shapes in stunning detail. Be sure to make note of his unique home, a custom garbage truck!


1stdibs Introspective – Required Reading – Architecture in Times of Need: Make It Right – Rebuilding the New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

A chain of events lead to the creation of this stunning chandelier. Terzani, a leading manufacturer of luxury Italian lighting, partnered with Barlas Baylar of Hudson Furniture to create Atlantis, a stunning new chandelier. Designed by Baylar and manufactured by Terzani, Atlantis incorporates four miles of delicate nickel chain, looped and draped from three organically shaped metal bands to form a series of shimmering metallic tiers.

Seemingly alive, Atlantis shimmering light creates a vibrant source of energy. Like water in the ocean, Atlantis’ chains appear liquid, cascading over its gloss nickel bands and falling down towards the abyss before turning back into itself. Elegant, eclectic and powerful, atlantis floods rooms with a light unlike any other piece.

Talk about typecasting! With a nod to typography, THAYER COGGIN, INC. proudly introduced its Claes chair at the October 2009 High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina. The chair was designed by Clark Coggin, award-winning, graphic designer and educator who is the youngest child of Thayer Coggin, founder of the company.

While touring with Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh would illustrate postcards that he would send to family; soon postcards became larger artworks in gallery shows. For his music business, Mutato Muzika, he designed a logo, but instead of planting it outside, he opted to fashion it into the office welcome mat. After walking across it for nine years, he had an epiphany: to translate his favorite postcard drawings into rugs. The resulting collection, now numbering 88 designs, is partially based on those illustrations, which he describes as “a concerned social scientist’s attempt to make sense of chaos on planet Earth.”

Many have an edgy or quirkily cartoonish look, and sometimes a personal story. There’s Freaked Pig, based on his oldest pug dog freaking out over the addition of a new family pooch; Super Thing 3000 and Here to Go—Shout, which take their names from Devo songs; the AMT series revolves around airline turbulence and what appeared in Mothersbaugh’s line of sight while flying. Others, like Pink Meatball and Devo Rope, are more random. The vibrant pieces are woven of nylon, wool, or silk, depending on the design. Perhaps a natural transition from flooring,  http://www.mutatovisual.com.

Intelligent design makes this a natural selection for the home or office. The Evolution storage cabinet transforms from a carved baroque piece into an ultra-modern unit, all of solid natural or tinted oak and burnished brass. It measures 106 inches wide by 22 deep by 35 high, or custom. Check out Property Furniture at: propertyfurniture.com.

Hayden Design’s “Hex” chair is made up entirely of…you got it…recycled tennis balls! The tennis balls are strung together with polyester cord. The chair is 22 inches in diameter and 37 inches high. Check it out at hughhayden.com.