Sofa cushion gap energy
Good old work-life balance. The classic 9-to-5 job is turning into a 24-hour condition as aggressive as a wolverine. Temporally and spatially contained office hours are being individually retrofitted. Always available, always working, always doing that which you’re passionate about. Non-stop communication. Mobile internet has completely altered the way we work. This is not just a subjective experience, but also a physical manifestation, for example that legendary urban meme, the MacBook worker in his Starbucks office. His gaze intent with concentration, his nerdy glasses reflect the gentle bluish light while he works where people used to spend their free time. There are also objects that attest to exactly this manner of living and working, or are meant to make this lifestyle simpler. Volt by COR, designed by Uwe Fischer, is one such object. An extension cord? Sort of. “Its plug head snuggles effortlessly into the gap”, the product copy promises. You can work on the sofa in style, and your laptop grows no weaker. This object is wonderfully controversial. It’s tempting to ridicule it, since what makes it special is in the end only its form, rather like a mole hand, which makes it possible to squeeze the plug between the sofa cushions. The plug even has a “soft touch surface”, a tactile temptation for an object that is usually just thrown into some corner where ideally, it should not be seen, much less touched. If Uwe Fischer’s conceptual designer heart had beaten just a little bit faster, the COR Volt would probably also come with a line of fuzzy covers so that we could use it as a pillow while power napping on the matching sofa, Scope. Scope – of course also by Uwe Fischer for COR – is a flexible seating unit. It can be regrouped according to your needs; even the back can be made higher to create a “think tank, office island, resting place or seating group”. Put enough Scopes back-to-back in honeycomb form and a diligent free-thinker with a notebook hooked into COR Volt in each one – it could be the best game of bee colony ever. COR Volt is not just between Scope’s cushions, it’s between our lives and between the times. We can make business calls with the soft-boiled egg we ate for breakfast still on our shirt, and work late into the night on the same couch on which we’ll subsequently watch our bedtime movie and doze off. In the not too distant future we’ll most likely need neither cable spaghetti nor soft-feel extension cords, because electricity, like the internet, will reach its destination elegantly unfettered. Much has been said about the dangers of this lifestyle. Just as a CPU with increased core voltage first runs too fast and then is junked, we must advise against excessive use of COR Volt and overclocking.
Between gravity and irony, between yesterday and tomorrow, the COR Volt allows us to celebrate and question our lifestyle.