Stuff Gadget Awards 2012 – Design of the Year shortlist
Call us shallow, but we love good design – and not just because it’s a pretty face. Great products allure with their looks, but the key to brilliant design is the marriage of form and function. Here's our shortlist for the year's best pieces of design.
Nu Desine AlphaSphere
The Alphasphere doesn't just improve the synthesiser, it completely reinvents it as a futuristic 3D space-bongo.
Microsoft Windows 8 'Metro' Interface
Take the simple beauty of Windows Phone 7, blow it to desktop proportions, and voila: the most exciting design move in operating systems for a decade.
Microsoft Surface tablets
Thinner and more colourful than the iPad, with expandable memory, a kickstand and a type-friendly cover, is the Surface the new benchmark in tablet design?
Google Nexus Q
A metal sphere broken by a line of pulsing LEDs that separates the volume control from the main body: probably the best-looking music streamer ever devised.
Symbol Audio Modern Record Console
From £1150 symbolaudio.com
A handcrafted turntable and tube amp for the old-school, wireless streaming for the new, and all built into a stunning, speaker-and-sub toting walnut cabinet. We want.
Lenovo IdeaCenter A720
Sleeker, more powerful and more articulated than an iMac, the A720 will even fold down flat so you can finally live out those touchscreen tabletop dreams.
To our eyes this looks like an alien hypercubian entity, poised to unfold and consume the planet. Which, in a world full of me-too AirPlay speaker docks, is refreshing.
Chord Chordette Index system
From £990 chordelectronics.co.uk
Combine the dinky Index with the Scamp amp, then whack it in this aluminium case and you’ve got one helluva pretty music streaming system.
From £7000 renault.co.uk
It lacks mod-cons (even doors are optional), but this electric quadricycle is go-kart style fun. Forget the eco benefits and embrace the crazy concept-made-real look.
Watch our video review
Nokia Lumia 800
Check out the Stuff Gadget Awards 2012 – and don't forget to come back on November 1st, when we'll be announcing the winners!