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Gris Design OP-S

Gris Design OP-S  ·  Source: Gris Design

Gris Design OP-S

Gris Design OP-S  ·  Source: Gris Design

Gris Design OP-S

Gris Design OP-S  ·  Source: Gris Design

Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 is something of a modern retro design classic – and now it’s inspired a new and genuinely interesting concept by designers Gris Design that combines the style and function of the OP-1 with a fabulous looking phone interface. Check this out.

OP-S

The design flair of Teenage Engineering can be very inspiring. It’s an exercise in ergonomics, style and function that always impresses. Gris Designs decided to take the OP-1 to a new place with their OP-S concept.

Gris Designs call it the “OP-S concept phone” so it’s more than adding a screen to a synthesizer and is perhaps more like adding an OP-1 inspired interface to a phone. But in either case it appears to slide together into a single beautiful device.

Teenage Engineering did something along these lines with the OP-Z. It famously lacks much in the way of buttons, display or external control and expects you to attach it to a phone to access most of the functionality. So why not brings those two facets together? The OP-S provides all that in a much more integrated fashion.

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We present you the new OPS concept phone!! It's a portable synthesizer/smartphone design, inspired by the works of @teenageengineering . . We would like to thank your team for being an inspiration to many musicians and designers. Since your talk at our University 6 years ago at IED Madrid, we've been your fans! We'll continue working to one day reach your level! . . @davidmollerstedt @jensrudberg @kouthoofd70 . . . . . #gadgets #dj #musicproduction #op1 #synthesizer #smartphone #3dmodeling #rhino3d #rendering #teenageengineering #industrialdesign #productdesign #designprocess #keyshot #conceptdesign . . . // This project has NO direct relationship with the company, it is NOT a product in development or in manufacturing. / Thanks ❤️

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It looks fantastic. Do you think that it could be a viable product? It seems far too specific for a phone manufacturer to be interested in. Although Microsoft has a foldable Surface product called the Surface Duo which gives you two phone-sized screens in a book format – that’s not a million miles away from this idea.

This a just a concept, not a product but you never know what’s around the corner.

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6 responses to “Gris Designs OP-S: Teenage Engineering OP-1 leaps into the future”

  1. Navin says:

    This looks amazing. An OP-1 update is long overdue.

  2. OB1 says:

    Price: $3000
    Secondhand price will be: $7000

    🙂

  3. Synth head says:

    What is the pint of announcing and reporting on “a concept”? Without the intention or even ability to make it, it’s no more than a drawing.

    • Robin says:

      Because it’s interesting, looks great and is a conversation starter. I like interesting things even if you can’t buy them.

      • moro says:

        I’m kinda with Synth head here.

        Concept renders are often a dime a dozen. The OP-1 looks great, that’s why it’s in a museum. This concept looks like someone pulled a wonderful design down into the fray of boring smartphone aesthetics. Without adding anything interesting (unless you count “thin touchscreen” and “awkward to play while holding” as interesting 🙂

      • Synth head says:

        Yeah I kind of get your point, but it’s not just that I can’t buy it – it doesn’t exist, and no-one is suggesting that it will or even can exist. I would find it interesting to hear from an engineer about what it would take to build; not too interested just to see a photoshop of something without the person who photoshopped it discussing whether it’s possible.

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