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Leica à la Carte–Custom Built Cameras

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la carte enables buyers to put together their own unique camera. There are over four thousand technical and styling nuances you can specify to ensure that the Leica built, will be unlike any other.
The online Configurator allows for a choice between two models, the Leica MP or M7, and from the modular component system select the details that match your needs and wishes in terms of style, functionality, and practicality. Options include: lens cap color; leather trim; viewfinder frame-lines; controls; personalized engraving.

Leica MP, M7, by Leica

Bloom by Naho Matsuno

The triangular serving plates come in five sizes, with reverse indents in the center. They have several uses depending on whether they are used upright or upside down. Stack them for buffet dining.

Bloom, by Naho Matsuno, Produced by Arita-yaki pottery, at Koransha Co.,Ltd.

Dune Bathtub by Mario Ferrarini for Antonio Lupi

Mario Ferrarini has designed a bathtub based on a sine wave. Dune is a place to relax, an oasis of well-being. The circular shape of the base transforms into “a sinusoidal evolution” with surfaces that change depending on your viewpoint. Observe, meditate and relax.

Dune, by Mario Ferrarini, for Antonio Lupi

Rocking Squares by Frederik Roije

Rocking Horse Squares Frederik Roije

Rocking Horse Squares Frederik Roije

Rocking Squares represent a reinvention of traditional furniture by using new forms and styles. Available in black or white, made of painted wood. 

Rocking Squares, by Frederik Roije

Birch Vessels by Kouta Fukunaga

Kouta Fukunaga

Kouta Fukunaga

The northern island of Hokkaido is not only famous for its cows, rolling hills, excellent seafood and ice festival. It is also home to a burgeoning community of artists and artisans who get their inspiration from the aforementioned elements.
Take Kouta Fukunaga for example. He creates carved vessels out of birch tree trunks and fashions them into exquisite wine chillers and sake bottles. The birch sake bottle recently won first place in the 2008 Takaoka Craft Competition.

Vessels, by Kouta Fukunaga, via: Spoon & Tamago

8-Inch LCD TV by Naoto Fukasawa

Portable eight-inch television for Plus Minus Zero has a flat LCD screen, designed in the shape of a traditional cathode-ray-tube set.

“It’s not about making things thin just because you can.”
- Naoto Fukasawa

8-Inch LCD TV, by Naoto Fukasawa, for Plus Minus Zero

Continue Time by Sander Mulder

Continue Time Sander Mulder

Continue Time Sander Mulder

“While moving to a new house our clock was damaged severely in transport, to a point where it’s minutes- and seconds pointer fell of the central axis, and where just laying in the transparent bubble cover.” Witnessing the random patterns that occurred with the hour pointer still rotating, the first concept for the Continue Time clock was born. The resulting kinetic artwork is continuously changing its shape during a full rotation of twelve hours. While creating mesmerizing patterns on your wall the pointers are still read as with any traditional clock.

Continue Time, Limited Edition of 20, by Sander Mulder
via: Yatzer

60′s Vintage George Jensen Pipe

Designed in the 1960′s–the form is both traditional and modern. Made from lacquered wood and plastic.

Pipe by George Jensen, Denmark, ca. 1965, $125, Sold at Auction, Wright

Library by Thomas Bentzen

Library Thomas Bentzen

Library is an extension of FBJ’s core product line furniture for receptions, offices and banks. A room divider, a cosy nook, a shot of homeliness with a sloping ceiling that can be tiled with books or magazines. The book ends offer storage space for magazines, a graphic deviation in the room, which can be used to create order or chaos. Library is made in classic ash to give the storage a warm glow.

Library, by Thomas Bentzen

Modella Glassware by Boa Design Studio

The Modella set comes from the shape of a cylinder which is tapered in the middle to lighten the cylinder’s strict geometrical shape. The fragility and simplicity of the form is further enhanced by a thin stem with a length that changes according to glass type. The stem is missing from the glasses for whiskey and water, and the bottom is thickened to balance the proportions of the form.

Modella, by Boa Design Studio, for Květná Glassworks

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