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ONE NATION UNDER POD; WELCOME TO THE EVOLUTION OF THE UBIQUITOUS ROUNDED FORM.

Byline: Jennifer White

Pods are everywhere, enclosing our basic needs in neat capsules providing privacy and keeping clutter and disorganization at bay.

Every so often, a word bubbles up from the collective unconscious to capture the spirit of the age. For today, that word is "pod."

Pods have shed their horror film connotation: no body snatchers here. Pods of the newest millennium connote sleek, cool vessels that encase our most basic needs: our music, our coffee, even our resting bodies.

As important as what pods contain are what they keep out: noise, mess, distraction and disorganization. Leading the revolution is Apple's iPod, which creates a virtual pod of music around the listener, canceling out noxious street noises.

Yep, pods are seemingly all over the place -- even at breakfast. A new crop of coffee machines brews coffee from clean, round pods, putting an end to measuring, grinding and spilling.

Tired? You can nap in a pod on the 24th floor of New York City's Empire State Building. Look for MetroNaps sleeping pods in airports soon.

Work, rest or play inside pod furniture, called the Oculas, which will be featured in Disney's 2005 movie "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

And podlike Bubble Chairs, reminiscent of the '60s, keep the world at bay.

Caption(s): 1. Pods have cleaned up their act since their body-snatching days. Movie poster from art.com 2. The Swiss Re building in London, otherwise known as the Gherkin, was designed by Norman Foster. 3. Bubble Chairs are available from inmod.com and plushpod.com 4. Out late last night? Take a nap in a pod at MetroNaps. metronaps.com 5. The pod's granddaddy is the egg. 6. Round is the only way to drive. vw.com/newbeetle/ 7. Pop a pod in the Senseo coffeemaker for a frothy cup of coffee. senseo.com 8. Look for the Oculas, podlike furniture, in the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" movie. theoculas.com 9. Calling all pods with Motorola's new V265 Clamshell phone. verizonwireless.com 10. Eero Aarnio got the ball rolling in the '60s with the original Ball Chair. 11. Is there a mouse in your house? Probably. 12. iPod added a new multimedia version available with 40 gigabytes or 60 gigabytes of storage. Remember when a Zip disk was considered a lot of memory? store.apple.com
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Comment:ONE NATION UNDER POD; WELCOME TO THE EVOLUTION OF THE UBIQUITOUS ROUNDED FORM.
Author:White, Jennifer
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 6, 2004
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