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Leica M8 Limited Edition in White

When compared with the classic black and silver models in the M8 series, this special limited edition with a white leather finish is destined to be the eye-catcher of this summer.
The Leica M8 ‘White Edition’ is available in a set including a silver anodised lens and strictly limited to just 275 examples. The uniqueness is further emphasised by the special serial numbers assigned exclusively to the cameras. All control elements are finished in silver chrome and, in combination with the lens, perfectly round off the overall styling of the set. The top cover, bottom plate and the camera back are finished in white paint.

Leica M8 White Edition, by Leica

NASA Space Tools Designed for Hubble Mission

When space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on the final flight to Hubble, the astronauts will be carrying 180 special tools, and 116 of them were designed just for this mission, which involves tricky repairs to two science instruments that were never intended to be fixed in space.

Photos:
1. (left) The EVA pistol grip tool is a high-torque, low-speed, microprocessor-controlled power tool used by spacewalking astronauts. It greatly reduces hand fatigue while astronauts work in pressurized spacesuits and helps reduce the amount of time it takes to loosen and tighten fasteners. (right) The washer extraction tool is used by spacewalking astronauts to secure washers that would otherwise float away in space.

2. This is a high-speed, low-torque power tool designed to help astronauts quickly remove the large number of screws during the repair tasks.

3. The EVA mini-workstation mounts to the front chest of an astronaut’s spacesuit and holds equipment needed during spacewalks.

NASA Space Tools, for NASA, Photography by Michael Soluri
via: NPR

Röshults Grill by Broberg & Ridderstrale

This is a sturdy grill that will benefit from standing outdoors all year round. It is designed with an architectural design that complements the house and garden to become a natural part of the dwelling environment. The solid construction and large grill surface makes cooking outdoors a pleasure in the summertime.

Röshults Grill, by Broberg & Ridderstrale, for Röshults

Konstantin Beta by Nika Zupanc

Here comes a charming toy-like rollercoaster for you and your delusions. It is actually the compensation for all the things you simply did not do, polished to perfection. Except that it ceases to be comfortably navigable the moment you answer the instrument’s artificial call. There is no serial equipment to be expected, no gloves and no air bags, so caution is mandatory. Although it is an instrument of tiny proportions, this is a poisonous item because it efficiently grooms your vanity into an asset of unavoidable dimensions.

Konstantin Beta, an Unexpected Vehicle to Drive You Mad, by Nika Zupanc

Buy the production model here: Konstantin B

MC-1000 Vacuum Cleaner at The Panasonic Design Museum

Before the mid-1950s, vacuum cleaners weren’t in many Japanese homes because dusters, brooms, and floor cloths were considered adequate for cleaning traditional Japanese homes. But through extensive marketing efforts by manufacturers, Japanese-made vacuum cleaners gradually became household necessities by the 1960s – with the MC-1000 top of the list.

MC-1000, by Panasonic, 1965, Part a selection from the Panasonic Design Museum

The Black Diamond Bracelet by PURISME

Black Diamond is a luxury carbon fiber bracelet. High-tech, rich and timeless.

Black Diamond, by PURISME
via: Yanko Design

Aurumania Gold Bike Crystal Edition

Made out of 24-carat gold and more than 600 Crystallized Swarovski elements, this hand-built track bicycle will set you back €80,000—with personal delivery of course.

Aurumania, Limited Edition of 10, On view at Normann Copenhagen Showroom, Copenhagen, Denmark, in April.

Luxury Vending Machine by Mari Balestrazzi

The automat — that ’50s-era icon of American ingenuity known for vending rubbery sandwiches from glass compartments — is back, and this time it’s boutique. Exhibit A: The most opulent and cheeky element of the Mondrian South Beach, a Marcel Wanders-designed hotel that opened in Miami in December, is a vending machine that now anchors the lobby. The Semi-Automatic was designed not by Wanders but by Mari Balestrazzi for the Morgans Hotel Group, to conquer the cliché of the gift shop.

via: The Moment, New York Times

Eki Station Clock by Takenobu Igarashi

The Eki Clock channels the design of the famous concourse clock in Japan’s northerly Sapporo Station in Hokkaido. Accomplished sculptor and designer Takenobu Igarashi is the master behind the clean, classic lines of this iconic timepiece.

Eki Clock, by Takenobu Igarashi, from HH Style

Brains and Braun, More on Dieter Rams

Braun T1000 World Receiver

Braun Record player PS 45

Braun Pocket radio T-41

Interior Design has posted an article “Brains and Braun” by Larry Weinberg looking at influential product designs produced by Braun from the 50s and ’60s.

“order rather than confusion, quiet rather than loud, unobtrusive rather than exciting, sparse rather than profuse, and well-balanced rather than exalted.”
- Dieter Rams

Images: (top) T1000 World Receiver, 1963, (middle) Record player PS 45, (bottom) Pocket radio T-41, all by Dieter Rams, for Braun

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