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Minox CLX 60th Anniversary Special Edition

This is the 60th anniversary of the first production of one of the most revolutionary cameras in photographic history and it has inspired Minox to bring out the Minox CLX, the latest in the 8x11mm camera series. Walter Zapp’s legendary idea to design and make the Minox originated way back in 1922. The camera “was to be so small that it would disappear in a closed hand”. Although very much inspired by this idea, Walter Zapp was hindered again and again by various financial squeezes, and it took 13 years before he was able to file a patent application for the “Ur” Minox in 1935. The camera comes with a dark grey leather case, film, batteries as well as the famous measuring chain for close-focus shots.

Minox CLX, Special Edition, by Minox

Plain Air by Patrick Norguet

Patrick Norguet has designed Plain Air an indoor air purifier. Plain Air cleans air by accomplishing three major tasks: Breaking down the main pollutants to avoid risk of people contracting ‘Sick Building Syndrome’, which causes nausea and dizzy spells to people who stay too long in a confined space; efficient disinfection of air-borne bacteria, spores, moulds, yeasts and viruses, and swift deodorization of unpleasant biological and chemical smells by changing contaminated elements into natural molecules. All three of these depolluting actions are carried out using the Photocatalysis Oxidation miniaturized technology developed by TLV, which uses Philips light sources to mineralize pollutant particles and turning them into natural molecules. The device has been tested by the Institut Pasteur and by University Hospitals in Lyons.

Plain Air, by Patrick Norguet, for TLV

Analog Digital Clock by Maarten Baas

Maarten Baas has designed an entry level art piece– an iPhone app based on his Real Time project, in which actors physically indicate the time in hours and minutes. This clock was made by videoing someone actually painting the time! He’s inside your phone with a bucket of paint and manually changes the digits on an old-school digital clock.

The Analog Digital app is the next installment in Dutch designer Maarten BaasReal Time series. His works cross the fields of art, design, theatre and performance. The anonymous digital clock becomes a performance as each minute is being hand painted by a hidden man “in” the clock.

Analog Digital Clock, by Maarten Baas, 99 cents at App Store (opens iTunes)

TUDOR Heritage Chrono

TUDOR Heritage Chrono Watch

TUDOR Heritage Chrono Watch

Created at the crossroads of vintage and velocity, the new TUDOR Heritage Chrono, launched at the Baselworld watch fair this month, is a timely addition to the TUDOR Sport collection. Ingeniously inspired by the celebrated TUDOR Oysterdate Chronograph of the early 1970s. Some forty years down the road, the watch is a fitting ode to the historic links and shared values of the TUDOR and Porsche brands. The 2010 TUDOR Heritage Chrono mirrors the original shape and proportions of the middle case, bezel, lugs and bracelet of the 1970s model, right down to the black, grey and orange fabric strap, with a newly-developed vintage–and seat belt-inspired buckle.

TUDOR Heritage Chrono, by TUDOR Watch

Tracks Headphone Series by AIAIAI

Tracks Headphone Series are on-ear headphones inspired by the function and design of the old iconic Walkman headphones. The design is simple and comes in three easy-to-assemble parts: a brace which allows you to slide off and adjust the ear cups, and a set of sliders connecting the ear cup and the brace which can be customized with three different colors provided. The 40mm speakers offers a full spectrum sonic experience from the deepest base to high frequency tones.

Tracks Headphone, by Kilo Design, for AIAIAI

Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson

Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson

Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson

Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson

The Ikepod Hourglass is a remarkable and luxurious 60 minute counter made up of high-grade glass with “sand” that consists of carbon or nickel-plated nanoballs. A gold-plated nanoball version is also available.

Hourglass, by Marc Newson, for Ikepod

DJ and Commander Headphones by MUSE

Based in Melbourne, Australia, MUSE makes well-designed headphones for people who want something that looks good, sounds good and at an affordable price. The young Company is a collective of an entrepreneur, a gadgeteer, a communicator and a designer. New products include The DJ with its retro look, made for true music lovers who want an immersive listening experience, and The Commander, custom designed for the gaming experience, complete with adjustable ear-cups and a noise-cancelling microphone.

The DJ and The Commander, by Cedric Austria, for MUSE

Sailing Yacht by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Most Yacht interiors steer toward the traditional; Claesson Koivisto Rune have designed a sleek modern space with a high water mark.

Sailing Yacht, by Claesson Koivisto Rune

lotta by Ichiro Iwasaki for iida

Ichiro Iwasaki has designed a new mobile phone for the Japanese company iida. Beautiful shapes, colors, and a playful comfortable feel–that’s a whole lotta charm.

lotta, by Ichiro Iwasaki, for iida

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