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IC Lights table lamp

Nice table lamp from the IC Lights collection by designer Michael Anastassiades for Flos.

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Fiat 500 & 600

Via Forgotten Nobility.

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Bamboo copTer mobile

Invented in China thousands of years ago, the bamboo helicopter is a simple wooden toy which catapults into the air simply by spinning the shaft between your hands. Japanese designer Shunsuke Umiyama has recently incorporated this nostalgic toy into a mobile.

Via Spoon & Tamago.

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Curta mechanical calculator

Curta mechanical calculator

Curta mechanical calculator

The Curta is a small, hand-cranked digital mechanical calculator introduced by Curt Herzstark in 1948. It can be used to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and (with more difficulty) square roots and other operations.

The Curta’s design is a descendant of Gottfried Leibniz‘s Stepped Reckoner and Thomas‘s Arithmometer, accumulating values on cogs, which are added or complemented by a stepped drum mechanism. It has an extremely compact design: a small cylinder that fits in the palm of the hand.

Curtas were considered the best portable calculators available until they were displaced by electronic calculators in the 1970s.

I’ve actually used one of these devices. One of my first jobs was working for an importer of business machines and the Curta was just one of a number of mechanical calculators they had kept in their archive of previously held stock. As I recall it was an extremely impressive, solid and beautifully engineered piece of equipment.

Images via Technophilic Magazine, where you can find out more about this amazing device.

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Cattiva e-bike

Featuring a beautifully minimal steel frame, the Cattiva e-bike from Vrum is an assisted hybrid bike, powered by the very smart Bike+ hub from ZeHus.

Electrical assistance, optimally transferred to the road by the Cattiva design, gives you the extra boost you need for sprinting at traffic lights and racing up hills. When you need an extra push to take you to the next riding level, Cattiva helps you move faster and save your energy.

In this way, electrical power is basically used only when really useful and in general, much less than on a normal e-bike.

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Sorapot

Sorapot

Sorapot

Sorapot, by Joey Roth, is a simple, minimalist teapot made from investment cast stainless steel and borosilicate glass.

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Cabin Fever Honda XR650 custom

Cabin Fever is a sweet, lightweight, 70’s style custom based on a Honda XR650 motorcycle.

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Skeletubes

An ongoing series of hand-painted vintage vacuum tubes by Noah Scalin.

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VW Karmann Ghia, 1955

1955 VW Karmann Ghia.

Via X-ray Delta One.

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R.I.G. shelving

R.I.G. Modules shelving by Mikal Harrsen & Adam Hall for MA/U Studio.

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