Love that chandelier
but unfortunately have no information on it.
Via The Gifts of Life.
UPDATE: Thank you to Dominic for informing me that this fine lamp is in fact the Zeppelin, designed by Marcel Wanders for Flos.
Nice paintjob on this Rik x Biascagne Cicli “Forgood 2012″ road to fixed gear conversion.
Loving the vintage-inspired Breitling Chronoliner aviator watch.
Via Forgotten Nobility.
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.
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.