Pocket Operators / Teenage Engineering, 2015
Those guys at Teenage Engineering have done it again. Their brand new line of synths – Pocket Operators – just launched, priced at a mere €59 each. They look stunning, and they sound incredible. I especially love the cases, they feel very influenced by the calculators Dieter Rams designed for Braun. Except with awesome little characters on the buttons like a bird and an octopus.
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.
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
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.
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.
Boxx / Boxxcorp, 2012
This awesome-looking electric scooter may look like a concept, but seemingly it is actually real! Buy here for $3,995.
(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.
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.