B&W's P5 Headphones (Bowers & Wilkins)
BRAVIA NX800 HDTV (Sony)
See Better to Learn Better (fuseproject)
I've been thinking lately of a concept I'll call "elevated design".
By elevated design, I mean design where it's clear that the designer/s have
given careful thought and attention to:
a) the selection of materials.
b) the totality of the object (how the thing looks/feels/works)
c) the experience the user will have when engaged with the design.
This concept can be expanded to include the idea of "good works" - social and environmental, for instance.
Here are three recent examples of "elevated design" that I've come across: