Launched in 1988, the Olympus O-Product was an aluminium bodied, 35mm compact camera, featuring a detachable strobe unit and a bold geometric design based on circles and a square, making it reminiscent of hardware from the 1920s and ’30s. It was sold as a pre-ordered limited edition of 10,000 units in Japan and 10,000 overseas.
Available in 1800 mm or 2400 mm lengths, with doors, drawers or open compartments, the cabinets are veneered in elm, with surfaces finished either with a clear lacquer, or a fine white or telegrey matt varnish that looks and feels like raw porcelain.
Showing at IMM Cologne 2011.
Renowned for their stylistic purity and respect for materials, Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline Lecoq created functional furniture in great numbers throughout the 1950’s and 60’s.
Shown here (from top):
Multifunctional furniture, 1958-59 — TV, record-player and bar.
Cabinet, 1962 — mahogany, white formica, chromed steel legs.
Bureau, 1960 — palissander wood, aluminium and glass.
A clever combination of die-cut holes, hand screen-printing and foil embossing on the snugly fitting inner sleeve, gives the impression that there are several layers of card in the pack, with the centre hole of the record itself providing one of the layers.
The aptly named, Fine Chair, by Olle Gustafsson was “developed around the Japanese word ‘ma’ which deals with void, time and space.” Produced in two versions, one in ash and one in alder, the tips of the legs on the ash chair are clad with leather, and the alder chair in rubber.