Lingam by Jean Arp. 1939, cast in 1956.
Bronze. Height: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in). From an edition of 5 and cast by Georges Rudier, Paris.
Via Phillips de Pury.
Vitsœ 606 Universal Shelving System (1960) / 622 Chair Programm (1962) / Technolumen rh1 desklight (1987)
Dieter Rams / Dieter Rams + Andreas Hackbarth
Via Das Programm.
This is what Das Programm has to say about the Lectron System:
“Dieter Rams and Jurgen Greubel designed the BRAUN Lectron System (1967- 69) as a pedagogic instrument for use in schools and universities. It consists in an extensive range of magnetic modules that can be freely organised on a conductive plate to form a variety of functional circuits.”
“According to Rams, the purpose was to dispel the mystery of electronics by encouraging children to engage in the construction of their own operational systems – radios, Morse transmitters, etc. Most modules have transparent perspex walls through which the electronic component housed can be directly observed, whilst the module’s opaque upper surface is printed with the diagrammatic icon corresponding to its contents. A classic piece of Rams ‘New Functionalism’ – function, here, is precisely the communication of function. Rams’ Lectron System design has recently been exhibited as part of the London Design Museum Dieter Rams retrospective and is now part of MoMA’s permanent collection.”
Located in Olot, north-east Spain, 6T7 Espai Cafe, by Spanish architects MSB Estudi Taller, has bare concrete walls and flooring along with seating booths, bars and counter tops made from thick steel plates. Panels hand woven from steel wire, filter light into this combined cafe and gallery.
Porsche have applied their sleek minimal styling to many objects, but this is just about the last thing I would have imagined — a Porsche Design Sisha water-cooled pipe.
A collaboration between Parlee Cycles and DeepLocal, the Toyota Prius concept bicycle not only looks pretty darned sweet, it allegedly also features gear shifting controlled by an EEG powered neuro-helmet.
It all seemed pretty impressive until I realised that I can change gear using “the power of my mind” to control my thumbs to push the thumb-shifters on my bike!