Sixty-four specially designed contemporary art HTC One (M8) handsets are now available in select global markets. The smartphones are a collaboration between HTC and PHUNK Studio, an internationally acclaimed art and design collective based out of Singapore. PHUNK is in its 20th year of art design and creation. Previous PHUNK collaborations include Rolling Stone, NIKE, MTV, and Levi’s.
The smartphones offer a sneak peek to PHUNK’s upcoming exhibition set to take place throughout Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong in 2014. The theme of the handset artwork is ‘Wonderment.’ To explore the theme, PHUNK, HTC Designer Catherine Kim, and Kim’s team took inspiration from their surroundings, culture, and society.
“A lot of our inspiration is found through travelling, conversations with local friends, trips to libraries, book stores and museums,” says Jackson Tan, PHUNK’s Creative Director. “We are really excited to be involved in something that allows us to further spread our creativity in areas we haven’t yet explored when it comes to innovation in technology.”
The one-of-a-kind artwork emblazoned on the HTC One (M8)’s exterior makes HTC’s cutting-edge metal unibody design pop. The handset offers the full collection of features and technology that made the original HTC One (M8) a consumer favorite. This includes the new Duo Camera and HTC UltraPixel™ sensor that allows users to take breathtaking pictures with new depth dimensions, regardless of the amount of daylight. A five-inch screen, HTC BlinkFeed™, and HTC Sense® 6 are also included.
“PHUNK is a hugely talented collective of designers and artists whose global perspective and attention to craft mirrors our values on the HTC design team,” says Jonah Becker, HTC’s Head of Design.
The partnership marks the start of HTC’s 2014 “Here’s to Creativity” initiative. The program comes on the heels of HTC’s 2013 collaboration with British fashion designer David Koma on a limited edition series of the HTC One mini. “Here’s to Creativity” will feature work done by top known and underground designers and artists from around the world. Each of initiative’s projects will have its own theme and story.
To celebrate the release, the designers at PHUNK have created two custom wallpapers to bring a little ‘Wonderment’ to your smartphone. Click on the image to download the high-res version of each one.
For more information on the PHUNK Limited Edition HTC One (M8) and how to get one of the 64 handsets, check out the Here’s to Creativity limited editions page.