Just as mirrors reflect our image, the data we keep reflects our true self. That’s the lofty idea behind LaCie’s newest luxury storage device, an improbable convergence of a USB 3.0-powered 1TB hard disk and Gorilla Glass by French designer Pauline Deltour.
Author Mark Pendergrast said, “As our first technology for self-contemplation, the mirror is arguably as important an invention as the wheel and perhaps even more universal.” Question is: can you handle the truth of what you’ve become?
Are you ready to stare yourself in the eye and cast judgment upon the creep who’d spend so many hours meticulously cataloging his porn collection? Are you prepared to admit to criminal theft and your copyright crimes against Taylor Swift and Seth Rogen? Think about that before you spend $279.99 on this accessory therapist.
Of course, LaCie has a long tradition of working with French fashion houses and designers in a quest to position (and price) products for a luxurious market. Here are a few of our favorites.
- XtremKey The ruggedized XtremKey is another USB 3.0 stick design from Constance Guisset, this time with the ability to withstand “crushing pressures, oceanic depths, and extreme temperatures.” Righteous, bra.
- Sphère Inspired by the planet Earth, LaCie’s Sphère is a 2014 collaboration with Christofle that stuffs 1TB of data into a silver-plated ball for $490.
- Galet Designed by Christofle back in 2011, the Galet is a silver-plated 4GB USB key priced at $130 with the promise to be an “essential accessory” like a designer watch or a luxury pen.
- Culbuto Designed by Constance Guisset, the Culbuto USB 3.0 stick starts at $49.99 for 6GB and is meant to bring “magic, movement, and whimsy” to the workplace.
- Golden Disk The Golden Disk was launchd in 2007 with a price of $189 for 500GB of opulent storage. It's designed by Ora-Ito, a guy who Gizmodo described in 2007 as enjoying “Legos and tentacular porn.”
- Blade Runner LaCie and Philippe Starck continued their love affair with the Blade Runner, a heat-sink-like enclosure that surrounds a $299.99 4TB liquid metal interior. “Can we truly confine technology to a cage?” asked LaCie while continuing to fall behind the rest of the world in math and science scores.