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
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
Black Diamond is a luxury carbon fiber bracelet. High-tech, rich and timeless.
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.
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
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
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
The world of motor cars and performance boats have merged with the XSMG.
‘Globally the ultra-rich are spending vast amounts of money on super-luxury ‘Supercar’s', but there was no marine equivalent in the market; so we challenged ourselves to create a Superboat, a state of the art performance powerboat with the DNA of a Supercar’
- Ian Sanderson
XSR48, £1.2 million, by XSMG
A concept that we are looking to get our hands on, when it first comes off the production line. The Minu Tuner is a minute edition of Time tuner. Same style, same base of design but more colourful touch and more digitalized. The Minu Tuner is based on the linear flow of time and it have a led based screen, line indicator for minutes, big numbers for hours. It’s colour options; red, yellow, blue, orange or green.
Minu Tuner, by Antrepo Design Industry
Alexandros Stasinopoulos has won an IF Concept Award for his design of BRIEFCeramicASE.
“The challenge in this project, was to mix the concept of traditional ceramics, a primitive material with long history in many cultures, with the unique properties high tech ceramics posses like their extreme hardness, scratch- and abrasion-resistance, skin friendliness and their unique sensuous tactility. A briefcase is the medium to explore the potentials of this combination”.
BRIEFCeramicASE, IF Concept Award, design 2008, by Alexandros Stasinopoulos