We followed the Punkt alarm clock with a household (Dect) telephone, which was an even greater challenge for a small company with almost no experience of developing or manufacturing, and though there have been one or two technical and software difficulties, once again we managed to make the thing work.
The phone has a few characteristics which make it easier and more pleasing to use. It sits in a cradle with its front facing upward, contrary to the conventional design which sits facedown. This allows the user to see at a glance who’s calling, check the battery level, and to take the call on speakerphone.
This is possible because the phone sits in a cradle suspended like a hammock from each end of the base so the speaker on the back of the phone can project the other end of the conversation without interruption. The suspended cradle position also allows for easier pickup.
Once off the hook the phone can also be used lying on its back at an angle which facilitates dialing. The phone can also be wall-mounted, sitting with its head at the other end of the cradle so the face inclines upward for a more ergonomic operation.
Extracted from A Book of Things by Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015)