The great thing about Kenneth Grange’s classic parking meter was that, like all good pieces of functional design, it became part of the landscape, blending into invisibility until you parked your car alongside and were required to use it.
A retrospective of Grange’s work, Kenneth Grange: Making Modern Britain, is currently showing at the Design Museum in London.
Naturally shed antlers, beautifully decorated by Cassandra Smith.
Photo of actress Carole Lombard wearing a cool pair of aviators for skeet shooting, by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1938.
Via tokyo bleep.
Vitsœ 606 Universal Shelving System (1960) / 622 Chair Programm (1962) / Technolumen rh1 desklight (1987)
Dieter Rams / Dieter Rams + Andreas Hackbarth
Via Das Programm.
This is what Das Programm has to say about the Lectron System:
“Dieter Rams and Jurgen Greubel designed the BRAUN Lectron System (1967- 69) as a pedagogic instrument for use in schools and universities. It consists in an extensive range of magnetic modules that can be freely organised on a conductive plate to form a variety of functional circuits.”
“According to Rams, the purpose was to dispel the mystery of electronics by encouraging children to engage in the construction of their own operational systems – radios, Morse transmitters, etc. Most modules have transparent perspex walls through which the electronic component housed can be directly observed, whilst the module’s opaque upper surface is printed with the diagrammatic icon corresponding to its contents. A classic piece of Rams ‘New Functionalism’ – function, here, is precisely the communication of function. Rams’ Lectron System design has recently been exhibited as part of the London Design Museum Dieter Rams retrospective and is now part of MoMA’s permanent collection.”
Porsche have applied their sleek minimal styling to many objects, but this is just about the last thing I would have imagined — a Porsche Design Sisha water-cooled pipe.
A collaboration between Parlee Cycles and DeepLocal, the Toyota Prius concept bicycle not only looks pretty darned sweet, it allegedly also features gear shifting controlled by an EEG powered neuro-helmet.
It all seemed pretty impressive until I realised that I can change gear using “the power of my mind” to control my thumbs to push the thumb-shifters on my bike!