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Bleu Jour ‘Haute Couture’ RIDG and Kubb PCs at CES 2022

01.10.22 | By
Bleu Jour ‘Haute Couture’ RIDG and Kubb PCs at CES 2022
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It’s another year and another virtual and distanced Consumer Electronics Show. While we certainly miss experiencing the towering and immersive mega-booths of the largest players within the consumer technology industries, it’s the smaller CES players we most miss seeing in person. Case in point: French computer manufacturer Bleu Jour is showcasing an update to their 2021 Red Dot Award winning Kubb fanless mini PCs with an array of wild graphical designs, alongside a new architecturally-inspired workstation aimed at the creative set.

Front view of cube shaped PC on desk with monitor and mouse with YouTube video open in browser.

Despite the “loud” design, the bring-your-own-monitor mighty mite machine is optimized to operate with a whisper rather than with an audible whir.

Bleu Jour’s latest Kubb remain bijou in proportions (just 12 x 12 x 12 cm), but now powered by your choice in 11th generation Intel Core CPUs (i3, i5, i7 options), with up to 64GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory, and fast M.2 NVMe SSD.  The aluminum case design has a been a mainstay of the French company – the PC equivalent of the Mac mini – and they’ve continued to update the specs while also giving the machines some eye-catching and unique exterior treatments (our favorite: the Pantone chip machine).

Angled view of cube shaped PC on desk with monitor and mouse, floor lamp in background.

Angled view of cube shaped PC with colorful exterior case on desk with monitor and mouse, floor lamp in background.

The French PC maker also unveiled a new workstation tower design aimed to serve power users – creatives, graphics designers, architects, CAM/CAD specialists – with an expressively architectural case fashioned by contemporary furniture and lighting designer, Pierre Cabrera.

Tower PC case with angled and ridged detailing in chrome finish.

The “elegant and refined” RIDG workstation’s futuristic angled silhouette is on display in the Eureka Park Marketplace at the Venetian Expo Center, the first leg forward for the French company and their plans to enter into the North American market catering to “creatives, tech and gaming-savvy users,” according to Jean-Christophe Agobert, CEO of Bleu Jour.

Tower PC case with angled and ridged detailing with blue flocked finish.

RIDG is being previewed in five finishes – chrome, aluminum, graphite, brown, and a most unusual blue flocked case – again, the styling handiwork of designer Pierre Cabrera, with hardware specs still TBA.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.