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Joe Colombo

Joe Colombo

Two chairs by Joe Colombo (1930-1971), who in his brief but brilliant career, produced a series of innovations that made him one of Italy’s most influential Italian product designers.

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Illustrated Fixie

Illustrated Fixie

Illustrated Fixie.

Via FFFFIX.

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Floating pen animation

Floating pen animation

Satoshi Endo’s Man in a Pen Walking & Man in a Pen Swimming, uses slit animation techniques to deliver an original take on the traditional floating pen souvenir, first invented by Danish company Eskesen in 1946.

Head of Japan’s ASCII research institute, Endo, in collaboration with designer Taku Sato, spent over six months of research and testing in order to create a smooth, 6-frame simulation, modelled on digitally processed video-captured images of a real person walking and swimming.

Via Designboom.

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TD 63-73

TD 63-73

TD 63-73

TD 63-73: Total Design and its pioneering role in graphic design is an account of the evolution of Total Design, one of the most important and influential design groups in the history of visual design.

Written by Ben Bos, a key member of the studio, the book describes how a group of idealistic Dutch designers came together to form a multidisciplinary design studio that helped shape the future of graphic design.

Founded in Amsterdam in 1963 by Wim Crouwel, Benno Wissing, Friso Kramer and the Schwarz Brothers, Total Design set new benchmarks for identity design, cultural design, exhibition design and product design.

The book is currently available on pre-order from Unit Editions.

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Crane task lamp

Crane task lamp

Crane task lamp

If, like me, you have an appreciation for a nicely engineered knurled adjustment knob and simple industrial styling, then you will love the Crane task lamp, by British designer Benjamin Hubert for Swedish manufacturer Örsjö.

The lamp features a bank of LEDs housed in a perforated aluminium casing. A simple clamp allows the horizontal lighting element to be both rotated and adjusted in terms of height.

Via Dailytonic.

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James Bond 007 Spy Watch

James Bond 007 Spy Watch

James Bond 007 Spy Watch

OK… whilst I accept that it’s not exactly the most discrete item from the 007 arsenal of gadgets, this James Bond Spy Watch, with built in world hour timer and… ahem… “secret” sighting lenses, made by Gilbert in the 1960s as a toy, does have a high quality Swiss mechanical movement. Examples can be regularly found for sale on eBay for around $600.

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Dream Register

Dream Register

Dream Register

Dream Register, by Samara Guzmán Fernández, is a limited edition of 55 hand-bound and silk screened journals for recording dreams.

Via of paper and things.

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Lerkenfeldt

That’s one big, beautiful mutha of a lamp, right there.

Photo by Lerkenfeldt.

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Nice watch

Via Tokyo Bleep.

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Giha Woo: Clip + Pen

Giha Woo: Clip + Pen

Clip + Pen by Korean designer, Giha Woo, is a ballpoint pen with a minimal, streamlined aesthetic and clasp formed from a paper clip.

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