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Brilliant Designs from an Amazing Mind

If anyone had told me 20 years ago that my friend, Kurt Merki Jr would be come a recognised designer, I definitely would have believe them. Even before he hit his teens you could find him behind his computer, using Coral Draw (version whatever the early 90s one was called), zooming in pixel by pixel to design cars, stereo systems, a new look for Batman and whatever else captured his fancy. So it was no surprise to me to hear about 12 years ago that he was going into Interior Design. There are just some people who have it, and Kurt is absolutely one of them. When he won an award for one of his designs last year, I was ecstatic for him. His Vero bathroom range for Duravit blew my mind away when I viewed it on their website. I’ve come to learn in all the years I’ve known him that there are very few things his mind comes up with that I won’t like. In all honesty, I cannot think of a single thing Kurt has shown me that I did not like. It is to me, simply impossible.

Photo credit: http://www.duravit.co.uk

Prior to us catching up this year, a significant amount of time had passed since we last spoke. He lives in Switzerland now, and I moved from Ghana, a country we both have strong ties to (Kurt’s half Ghanaian, half Swiss) a while back. In a chat a few months ago, he showed me a concept design for a new type of Mac computer he had put together last year, in honour of Apple’s 30th anniversary.

Photo credit: Kurt Merki Jr
Photo credit: Kurt Merki Jr


It was just one of those things he had thought up in between the projects he works on. If anyone else had shown me the iPro, I honestly would have assumed that Apple was gearing up to launch another computer. Even looking at it now, I still have to remind myself that this machine does not actually exist. Combining an iMac and Mac Pro, the iPro aesthetically follows the same clean curves and lines Apple is synonymous for. It sits on a cylindrical base and features a Tilt button centre-front, allowing the angle of the display to tilt back by up to 20 degrees. The button also balances the computer, stopping it from tipping over. Connection portals are hidden away at the back, and with a 35” screen, is not on the small side. Kurt certainly has put a lot of thought into the idea. As he says on his website, “The iPro is made for professionals who need a lot of everything be it memory, workspace or processing power. All components are cutting edge from the OLED display up to the integrated Mac Pro technology.”

An entire gallery on Kurt’s iPro can be found on his website.

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Photo credit: Kurt Merki Jr


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Photo credit: Kurt Merki Jr


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    1. @NC, thank you so much for your comment on the article. I can’t take credit for the concept (I’m assuming you mean Kurt Merki’s design) though!

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