"Branch's extensive experience in designing consumer electronics made it all the more sensitive to the importance of going technology-free from time to time. Airplane Mode is designed to contain a mobile phone, so that it's owner can temporarily focus on the more tactile things in life. Cast from high-grade concrete, the vessel shields its contents from phone and WiFi signals while muffling sound. The rough-hewed exterior is left deliberately unpolished to evoke a natural stone, while the interior is smooth and padded in leather, to create a textural contrast and a sense of refinement. Airplane Mode adds a ceremonial aspect to the experience of disconnecting, elevating it to a ritual"
Airplane Mode was the result of a collaboration between Branch and Concreteworks, and was exhibited at Wallpaper Magazine's annual Handmade event during the Salone Del Mobile in April 2017.