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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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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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Prototyp: Proben

‘All Our Dreams Are Made of Chrome’ 100 cc Vehicle Record, Angerer 2008.

From the recent ‘Proben’ exhibition at the Prototyp Museum in Hamburg, featuring 19 1:1 scale experimental vehicles, designed and realised by students of the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg from 1983 to 2009.

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G-Force Military Concept Black Digital Watch

The G-Force Military Concept Black Digital Watch from G-Shock sure brings out the Bear Grylls in me..!

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TATO commuter bicycle

This commuter’s bicycle by swiss manufacturers, TATO, holds the rider’s briefcase directly inside its frame within a small void they call the CSSB (Central Storage System for Bicycles) with no need for securing it further.

TATO commuter bicycle

This central resting point is ideal for maintaining a natural centre of gravity and the added structure around the object protects the item in case of a collision.

Via designboom.

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ES 102 Intermediate Swivel Arm Chair
The ES 102 Intermediate Swivel Arm Chair by Charles and Ray Eames, in aluminium and black leather, was introduced in 1968 and discontinued in 1973 due to high production costs.

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