Friday, July 16, 2004

trek. coffee. table.


I'm not sure furniture gets more funky (or maybe hokey) than Trek, a light-up coffee table inspired by -- I'm not kidding -- Star Trek. The thing comes from Jet Net in France, where they also make a Galactica Chair,  a piece called Lunaar (that can be used as a chair, a table or a chandelier), and a few other products. Obviously they have a theme going on. Oh yeah, all of it lights up.
 
it. is. what. it. is.
I won't be putting a Trek in my house any time soon, but I'll give the designer points for doing what he set out to do.  The table clearly looks like it's based on Star Trek. If I'm not mistaken, it's made to resemble the little Starfleet symbol they all wore on their shirts. (I just outed myself as a closet geek there, I know.)
 
going. where. no... 
Don't surf away just yet, because it gets a little weirder.  The Trek can also go where no coffee table has gone before: your swimming pool.  As long as you take the light out first, supposedly it will float in your pool.   That makes it the first piece of furniture I've seen that's indoor/outdoor/amphibious.

priced. in. this. world.
Considering that it lights up and all, I'd expect the Trek to carry an out-of-this-world price, but at $399 it doesn't seem too bad. 

12 Comments:

Blogger Frank Trusten said...

The idea of a built in vase is nice, except for two practical details:
1) it would have to be removable, for the purpose of emptying the water,
2) it would have to be raised, allowing for easy cleanup.
I, personally, hate cleaning dirt out of otherwise cute and pretty funky grooves, so I guess this is a table for people who can afford cleaning staff. And an outdoor pool. JEBUS CRIPES! I want it!

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would float it in my pool and fill the center with black jello, to make it look like a tar pit.

then, i would put my mastodons and smileodons and glyptodonts around it, and pretend it's la brea north.

but no animals would get permanently stuck in the tar pit, because i like animals. and the smileodons would not eat the other animals.

i would probably not eat the jello afterwards.

thank you.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Clara said...

I like this peice of furniture more than I'd like to admit. And the fact that it lights up and is also versatile enough to be a floating device just strikes me as wonderful!

2:40 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

I kinda like the design, very unique! :)

4:14 PM  
Blogger Kaalia said...

It'd probably break if I sat on it

9:06 AM  
Blogger Hellman Jackson said...

Now, this would be soooo much cooler if it were based on Star WARS. Can you imagine what you could do with all that black, nazi-fetish stuff that Darth Vader wears? The most interesting element of back story to the whole series would be a look around Darth Vader's house. What kind of decor is a Sith Lord into? I'm betting that it would have a touch of the '60s. Probably a lava lamp and a sheep skin rug. Do you think he dated much? I mean, I can see old Darth getting quite shaggadelic until they popped his helmet and he looked like Dick Cheney.

9:09 AM  
Blogger asssssssssss said...

That's one proper piece of furniture:)

2:49 PM  
Blogger author:unknown said...

I wonder if one would be able to surf on it.

I could catch some crazy boogie waves on it and it would even go with my novelty communication badg--I mean.

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But think about it. If you have it on your yacht and suddenly the abnoxiously large boat crashes you could use it for a floatation device.

"Hello! Yes! I'm over here on a floating star trek communication insignia!" Punches the table. "Come in, Captain!"

10:46 PM  
Blogger todd vodka said...

Why bother ruminating over history, literature or architecture when you can draw inspiration from TV. Absolutely brilliant.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Ritifo said...

Ooo, nice piece of furniture. I'm a StarTrek fan, and this seems interesting. Maybe I'll buy one if I have the cash to spare.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Superhappyjen said...

I'll take one! Star Trek rules!

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have seen a specialist maker of Star Trek furniture at www.uniquefurnitureoutlet.com, i'd much prefer a nice piece of oak furniture than plastic in my living room

2:11 PM  

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