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
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
“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
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
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.