Ultra rare Design M lamp, by Ingo Maurer.
Via City Furniture.
Along similar lines to my recent Beauties of the Common Tool post, this video promoting the recent No Name Design exhibition at Gewerbermuseum, celebrates the beauty in simple, honest, functional objects.
“No Name Design is a paean to the inconspicuous things that surround us in our everyday lives, rarely attracting a second glance … a tribute to them and a treasure trove for devotees of found objects and curios that do not attempt to dazzle or seduce, but are simply there, waiting to be discovered by an attentive observer such as Franco Clivio.
In addition to being a designer and lecturer, Franco Clivio (born 1942) has been a seeker and a finder for decades. He is passionate about the banal and apparently artless. He tracks down top quality design and looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary. To do so he rummages not only through second-hand shops, flea markets and junk shops, but also hardware stores and department stores – drifting wherever his curiosity takes him. This has resulted in a magnificent array of anonymously designed objects which, viewed in the right light, suddenly reveal qualities that usually lie dormant and hidden.
The common denominator is always the sophisticated quality of the design, which is concerned less with beauty of form than with an unusual aspect of function, material or construction.”
With thanks to @presentcorrect.
Wire cage pendant lamp from Flea Market Rx.
Detail from the dashboard of the Ferrari 308 GT4, 1970′s.
“Among low-priced, factory produced goods, none is so appealing to the senses as the ordinary hand tool. Hence, a hardware store is a kind of offbeat museum show for the man who responds to good, clear ‘undesigned’ forms.”
“Who would sully the lines of the tin-cutting shears with a single added bend or whorl? Or clothe in any way the fine naked impression of heft and bite in the crescent wrench. To be sure, some design-happy manufacturers have tampered with certain tool classics; the beautiful plumb bob, which used to come naively and solemly shaped like a child’s top, now looks suspiciously like a toy space ship, and is no longer brassy. But not so much can be done to spoil a crate opener, that nobly ferocious statement in black steel. In fact, almost all the basic small tools stand, aesthetically speaking, for elegance, candor, and purity”
Beauties of the Common Tool, a portfolio by photographer Walker Evans for Fortune Magazine, July 1955.
New Balance ML999 trainer.
Via Nitty Gritty.
Café Balão glass coffee maker from Davide Mateus.