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1970s-style Detraform Model 500 space age cordless phone

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A great design that's inspired by the past, but has everything the modern home telephone needs today – the Detraform Model 500 cordless telephone.

The work of Kiwi and Pim for Detraform, it's a design that might pass for a Joe Colombo piece, certainly fitting into a 1960s or '70s-inspired home with ease. The cordless DECT phone is made of anodised aluminium and polycarbonate, with a digital display that merges nicely into the design, sat just above the integrated keypad of the phone, which stands around 21cm tall.


Functionality, of course, is calling without the wires, with the Model 500 also offering push-to-talk intercom (when paired with a second unit), caller ID with 20 number memory, volume control and hands-free calling, all powered by conventional rechargeable AAA batteries.

Want one? Well pay attention. The phone is being sold out of Canada for that country, the US and Europe (the EU, including the UK), priced at €95 EU / $130 US / $130 Canada. However, it's being sold via crowdfunding – which means you order well in advance for a cheaper price, with the benefit of choosing your own limited edition colour too. Right now, you can secure one for $100 if you sign up and you'll only be charged when 2,500 orders are placed.

Downside? Those funds are being used to finish development of the phone, so you'll be waiting for around nine months for the phone.

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