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Palm Springs Retrospective

It was the heyday of modernism in Palm Springs — some images from that time.

via: The Palm Springs Modern Committee

Icon: A Behrens Fan

An oldie but a goodie.

Fan (model GB1). c. 1908, for Allgemeine Elektricitæts Gesellschaft (A.E.G.), Germany, by Peter Behrens

Icon: Millau Viaduct

This Iconic bridge is a cable-stayed, masted structure, one of the finest structures built in this century. To accommodate the expansion and contraction of the concrete deck, each column splits into two thinner, more flexible columns below the roadway, forming an A-frame above deck level. The tapered form of the columns both expresses their structural loads and minimises their profile in elevation. The bridge enables motorists to take a drive through the sky, 270 metres (equivalent to the height of the Eiffel Tower) above the Tarn River valley for a 2.5 kilometre stretch through France’s Massif Central mountains

Millau Viaduct, by Foster and Partners Co-architects: Chapelet-Defol-Mousseigne

Icon: Lucky Strike

“It’s Toasted” 
As a university student, I used to smoke about a pack of these every day — it helped me think. Clearly the best brand of cigarettes ever made, even then it was hard to find in the shops. The logo was created by the industrial designer Raymond Loewy in 1940.

Lucky Strike, by Raymond Loewy, for American Tobacco Company

Icon: Bugatti Veyron

Build your own Bugatti Veyron, the quickest accelerating production car in the world, able to achieve an staggering top speed of 407 km/h — if you have the open space and are into that sort of thing.

Bugatti Veyron, € 1.1 million, by Bugatti

Icon: Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi, American (1904-1988), was the illegitimate son of Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet who had gained great acclaim in the United States. More of a sculptor than a designer, the everyday objects he created are best seen as sculptures with a practical value, “things for everyone’s pleasure”. His sculptural style exerted a lasting influence on the whole organic design language of the 1950s. The furniture he designed for Herman Miller Vitra and Knoll are still in production today.

Isamu Noguchi Products: (top to bottom) Herman Miller Table, Knoll Cyclone Dining Table, Radio Nurse Speaker, Akari lamp

Icon: Olympus XA

 
I have recently retired my Olympus XA — it has served me well for over 15 years, the flash unit was stolen during a mugging in Belgium in the early 1990′s. The quality of the photos are excellent. One of the smallest 35mm rangefinder cameras ever made, with total control over F-stop and manual focus. The original model, the XA, was sold from 1979 to 1985.

Olympus XA, by Yoshihisa Maitani, for Olympus

Icon: Wandstereoanlage by Dieter Rams

“Less. but better”, is his motto, and certainly the work he did for Braun in the ’60′s and ’70′s exemplified this. One of the most influential Industrial designers of the 20th century, Dieter Rams worked with Braun to produce some of the most pared down and beautiful stereo equipment ever produced.

Wandstereoanlage, by Dieter Rams, for Braun

Icon: Rare Table by Carlo Mollino

When moving house, don’t throw away your Carlo Mollino table.
This 1949 design classic fetched a record price at auction. The table, whose presale estimate was $150,000 to $200,000, was part of the collection of Greek art collector Dakis Joannou according to the New York Times — the buyer’s identity was not disclosed.

Table, $3.8 million (sold at auction), by Carlo Mollino, at Christie’s

Icon: Tiffin Lunch Box

A network of Tiffinwallahs has been functioning in a very efficient way for the last 120 years in India, recognised by management gurus as a best case of network management in the world; they will deliver 175,000 lunches (or “tiffin“) each day to offices and schools throughout Mumbai. The tin containers consists of a number of bowls, each containing a separate dish, held together in a frame. There is an error rate of one in every 8 million deliveries — simply amazing.

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