I was at a warehouse sale in Oakland recently and among the items was a really old wooden telephone. It was a big thing – the sort of phone that you use in very old movies. It was very cool though and I suggested to my wife that it would be a nice piece of art on the wall – even better if it worked.
That’s when it occurred to me. Telephones over the years have had alot of styling applied to them. Some – particularly in the 60s when new plastic where making new shapes possible – are extremely stylish and cool. What’s more their comparatively huge size compared to modern mobile phones means that you could introduce really high quality features and audio features.
So the idea was born: digital phones in old designs. With some modern engineering you should be able to connect these phones to other services – your cell or Skype. But have a real wonderful experience in terms of quality and have a really nice piece of art on the wall.