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IKEA plus tertial

IKEA plus tertial

An ordinary lampshade gets a transparent porcelain cover with a pattern inside portraying a mythical battlefield of tigers and dragons – which is brought to life when the light is switched on. A new lampshade for a desk light turns a plain light bulb into a mysterious fireball.

IKEA plus tertial

Designed by Pili Wu and crafted by Jian-an Su as part of project Yii, a brand conceived by the Taiwan Craft Research Institute that aims to transform traditional Taiwanese crafts and bring them into the contemporary context through design.

Via Designboom.

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False Friends: Blackout

False Friends: Blackout

False Friends: Blackout, limited edition of 300 pieces, from Coarse.

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Aplomb

Aplomb

The Aplomb range of pendant lamps, by Italian designers Lucidi and Pevere for Foscarini, distances itself from aseptic minimalism with the material richness of concrete. Available in brown, grey and white finishes.

Aplomb

Via Dezeen.

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Kaoiro

Kaoiro (which means ‘facial expression’ in Japanese) is a Japanese emoticon stamp that mixes digital culture with a traditional stationery item.

Kaoiro

With 7 belts of 20 characters each you can mix up the symbols to create over 2000 kaomoji (japanese emoticons).

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Via today and tomorrow.

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Swami's Surf Company

Named after a point break in California and based in smokey old London, Swami’s Surf Company combines traditional artisan surfboard craftsmanship with hi-tech imagery.  Bold graphics are printed onto silk and cut into the surface of the board which is then encapsualted within layers of resin to give striking depth to the visuals.

Swami's Surf Company

Via Acquire.

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Olympus OM-2 camera

My first ‘serious’ camera was an Olympus OM-2 SLR, and I loved it so much I ended up getting two — one in silver and one in black. One of the things that I loved about the camera was the arrangement and design of the controls on the top-plate. You see I was obviously a bit of a UI design geek from a very early age…!

Olympus OM-2 camera

Part of the OM system, first released in 1975 and designed by Yoshihisa Maitani, the OM-2 had the world’s first TTL direct metering system, which measures light reflected off the surface of the film. This allowed exposure control during shooting, and automatic TTL strobe adjustment using a specially designed strobe (doesn’t sound much of a big deal now but it was a big deal back then!).

OM system cameras were notable for their relatively small size with the OM-1 and OM-2 just a little bigger than the Leica M4 rangefinder camera and through a system of internal shock absorbers, whilst not quite as quiet as the M4, a lot less noisy than most other SLRs at that time. But what I loved most of all about these cameras and still do now, is the pared back, sleek functional elegance of the design.

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Sawdust - Relentless Pursuit of Happiness

Sawdust have released a screen print version of their recent Computer Arts cover illustration, ‘Relentless Pursuit of Happiness’.

Sawdust - Relentless Pursuit of Happiness

Hand printed in silver on Black Plike by London based K2 Screen, the print is limited to 100 copies and is available from the Sawdust shop.

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Archigram

Archigram

Formed in London in the 1960s, Archigram was an avant-garde architectural group that was futurist, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was solely expressed through hypothetical projects and went on to become a recognised influence on many of the world’s greatest contemporary architects and buildings.

Archigram

The Archigram Archival Project makes the group’s work between 1961-1974 available online for public viewing and academic study and contains some extraordinary material that’s well worth browsing through.

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Paul Sych: Lush

Beautiful examples of typography and editorial design in the portfolio of Paul Sych, aka Faith.

Via IdN.

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Susanne Klemm

Susanne Klemm

Jewellery designer Susanne Klemm, “regards nature as her inexhaustable source of inspiration and is moved to intervene in the endless rhythm of growth and decay to add a touch of immortality to the happenings”.

Via Reluct.

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