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. A similar Luxury Vending Machine is considered to be installed at the Epic Miami Condo.
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
What we all need is a reclining lounge chair with some serious engineering. Designer Frédéric Sofia has introduced the 35H Lounger. Controls are centralized on the armrest for precise positioning.
35H Relaxation Armchair, by Frédéric Sofia, for ligne roset
The AK-47, also called the Kalashnikov after its inventor, is one of the most successful industrial products of all time. Since its introduction in 1947, an estimated 80 million AK-47s have been built. Its success is based not only on its resourceful construction, but also its affordable production, dependability, functionality and high demand. The AK-47 is one of the icons of the twentieth century, but it is also a deadly weapon.
For a new art project, the designer Martin Postler has investigated the history, the aesthetics and the lethal seductiveness of the Kalashnikov. He has freed the AK-47 from its terrible capacity to injure and kill by deconstructing it into a paper model construction set. When putting the detailed model together, the builder is automatically confronted with the Kalashnikov and its significance – both historical and personal. At the end of the construction process each person can decide if they would like to hang their own AK-47 on the wall, paint it, customize it with stickers or simply burn it. Then ultimately this AK-47 thankfully remains a piece of paper.
AK47, Paper Gun Model Kit, by Martin Postler
Available here: Van Stockum
The UNO 24 one-hand watch presents the entire day at a glance. During the course of each 24-hour period, the single hand of the UNO 24 completes just one full rotation.
The watch’s special scale means that each time of day is indicated by an individual position of the precise hand.
A delicate line marks the point of transition from one day to the next. The positioning of the watch hand on the dial corresponds to the position of the sun in the sky. The real strength of the UNO 24, however, lies in its simple yet impressive ability to present “an entire day at a glance” in a precise, analogue graphic form.
UNO 24, by Botta
The first design computer with a ceramic casing handpainted in Delft, Holland at Royal Delft, The Porcelijne Fles.
The Delft Blue series will be available as a limited edition and with numbered certificate from Royal Delft, Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles anno 1653.
PURE*DELFTBLUE, by Plushdepartment