Category Archives: Industrial design

Vitsœ video

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Tidy Up Your Life / Definitely No Robots

Two stunningly beautiful films from Vitsœ. Watch them now, and prepare to start lusting after shelves.

Tidy Up Your Life

Definitely No Robots

Pacific iF folding bike

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iF Mode folding bike / Pacific Cycles, 2012

Officially the coolest bike I have ever seen – the iF Mode by Pacific Cycles. You need to see video of this thing in action, such impressive engineering.

Manual rethink US road signage

US road signage rethink / Manual, 2012

Great project by San Francisco-based Manual – rethinking the US road signage system. I love it when designers approach such enormous and seemingly impossible tasks. I’d be interested to see if implementing this could ever be achieved. That’s a whole lot of signs to re-make.

BMW Art Drive

BMW 3.0 CSL / Alexander Calder, 1975

A great exhibition currently open in Shoreditch – Art Drive showcases 17 BMW cars given makeovers by some very important artists, like this absolute beauty from Alexander Calder in 1975.

Boxx

Boxx / Boxxcorp, 2012

This awesome-looking electric scooter may look like a concept, but seemingly it is actually real! Buy here for $3,995.

Bell & Ross Time Instruments

(Top) BR 01 92 Turn Coordinator

(Centre) BR 01 92 Radar

(Above) BR 01 92 Horizon

I’m not usually much of a ‘watch person’, but these outrageously nice Aviation watches from French brand Bell & Ross are just stunning.

At around £4,000 a go, I’ll just add them to the ever-growing list of really nice stuff I’ll never own. Sigh.

An introduction to the OP–1

An introduction to the OP–1 / Wallpaper, 2012

So Wallpaper* featured an article on the truly awesome Teenage Engineering OP–1 synthesiser last month, and as part of the iPad edition extras, I got to make some films explaining how the thing works.

The tune is a little cheesy and basic, but I hope it gives an introduction as to how easy and quick it is to make music on this great device. I picked it up – with zero prior knowledge of synths – and put together some fun music in no time at all.

Read the article here. Buy the OP–1 here.

Video: Leo Cackett, Edit: Emily McDonald

Overdose Desk by Bram Boo

Overdose Desk / Bram Boo, 2012

Very nice work from Belgian designer Bram Boo.

K8 phone box

K8 phone box / Bruce Martin, 1967

The ‘kiosk 8′ phone box is a classic of mid-century industrial design. Introduced in the late 60s by Bruce Martin, it was conceived as a modern, rational successor to the classic K6 by George Gilbert Scott (you know, the typical British red phone box). Although 11,000 K8s were originally installed around the UK, now fewer than 60 remain. Thankfully a preservation campaign by the Twentieth Century Society is gradually gaining momentum, ensuring that the remaining examples are saved and restored.

Little did I realise that there’s one at Amersham Tube station, which I must have walked past hundreds of times over the past 20 years. It’s no longer functioning as a telephone but you can step inside. I noticed there are examples at Chalfont & Latimer and Chorleywood stations too, although they have been painted navy blue and dark green, and seem to be reserved for use by station staff.

It’s a beautiful piece of work  up close; sturdy cast iron painted a rich poppy red. The type is gorgeous too – clean, functional and modern. Both Stefi Orazi and People Will Always Need Plates agree, and have produced some loving illustrations.