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Icon: Sony TV8-301

The Sony TV8-301 was the world’s first truly portable television. There had been earlier ‘portable’ TV sets, but you needed to be very strong to carry them. When the sets went on sale in 1960, television was still considered a luxury commodity for the average family. For the price, most people considered a large console set more practical than a portable model. In fact, most of the early Sony TV owners were either very rich or eccentric.

TV8-301, by Sony

Nixie Clock, by Moooi Now in Production

“How many clocks have been designed over the course of history? But how many clocks invite you to look at them, not just to know what the time is, but for the sake and joy of looking? After being designed in 1996 moooi is very happy to finally produce this almost classic icon”.

Nixie Clock, by Peter van der Jagt, for Moooi

Go Cart by Piet Hein Eek

Henk Vos asked fellow Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek to make some pedal cars for his grandkids to race. After a year, they came up with the Skelter: three speeds plus reverse, aluminum and leather and rubber construction. We are already at the starting gate.

Go-kart in aluminium, € 3,895.00, by Piet Hein Eek

DJ Tables by Metrofarm

Custom made DJ Tables for the client with built in technical equipment.

DJ Desks, by Metrofarm

Luxury Crash Helmets by Jérôme Coste

If you have ever had to the need to purchase a crash helmet for your new motorcycle, then you are well aware of the dearth of choices out there. French Designer and motor sports enthusiast Jérôme Coste was inspired by Japanese biker gangs, who expertly mix street culture and a vintage motorcycling spirit. The Ruby brand is born, a mix of technology, excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Luxury Crash Helmets, by Jérôme Coste, for Les Atelier Ruby

Oceano Travel Trunk from Poltona Frau

TheOceano steamer trunk evokes the spirit of overseas travel of the 1930′s aboard transatlantic ships. The bedroom trunk is for storing objects, clothing and accessories.

Oceano, by Andrée Putman, for Poltona Frau

Icon: Polaroid SX-70

Polaroid’s first fully automatic, motorized camera was an instant design classic, even starring in a documentary the year it was introduced by company cofounder Edwin Land. The camera is detailed with tan leather and folds into a rectangle the size of a paperback book. Smart.

Polaroid SX-70, by Edwin Land, for Polaroid

Concept: Strato Cruiser Airship

You have seen Jean-Marie Massaud’s Manned Cloud airship, now another concept for a helium fueled trip around the world. The Strato Cruiser will offer “medium-haul” transits between hubs: transatlantic, transpacific, trans-american or Europe-Middle East routes. Sign me up.

Strato Cruiser, by Tino Schaedler and Michael J Brown.

Rejuvenation Reborn by Lomme

Created as a result of two years research into sleep, Lomme skilfully combines natural therapies with the cutting edge technology. Using light, sound and massage therapies, Lomme offers an environment to enhance all the senses – forming a place to rejuvenate, meditate and above all sleep.

LOMME (Light Over Matter Mind Evolution), €42,000 by Günther Thöny, for Lomme

Not Your Usual Ceiling Fan by Serien Lighting

Ventilator was designed over 20 years ago and is still being produced today. Its success is due to its unique shape, which is derived more from that of a propeller than a windmill.

Ventilator, by Manfred Wolf, for Serien

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