Here’s a shot of the full Bang & Olufsen Beo System from 1974. I posted the Beogram a while back but had yet to find a decent shot of the full system. This one appears to have been resized, so the qulality isn’t the best. If anyone knows of a press archive for 70′s B&O stuff let me know.
Some vintage Braun goodness from the Dieter Rams Flickr Pool. Rams was the head of design at Braun A.G. during the heyday of industrial design. I think his philosophy is one we can all look to for inspiration:
Rams once explained his design approach in the phrase "Weniger, aber besser" which freely translates as "Less, but better." – Wikipedia
Elea 9003, calcolatore elettronico, developed in the Borgolombardo research laboratory headed by Mario Tchou – design: Ettore Sottsass, 1959. Detail of the console. Via Olivetti SPA History.
I think the calculator on most cell phones would blow this thing away.
Some great shots of the Carl Zeiss Universarium IX from the Griffith Observatory in LA from Metroblogging LA via FFFFOUND. Someone needs to start producing scale replicas of this thing, I’d be first in line.
Italian manufacturer Brionvega has reissued Richard Sapper and Marco Zansuso’s iconic TS502 portable radio, now dubbed the TS522. These things go for $250 which is a bit steep, especially considering I haven’t listened to the radio in years, but with this kind of style who cares what it does.
Images via Anthony Mark
This is the sign out front at the Camper Hotel, Barcelona. Camper is a Spanish company that makes great shoes and although I’m not sure what they’re doing in the hospitality industry, I’m all for it. This place was amazing, very nice design throughout. If you have a chance be sure to visit, it’s in the El Raval which is a very cool neighborhood with great design shops and one of the best book stores I’ve seen at the CCCB (where OFFF is held each year). Loved this sign, was a nice take on Americana via the venerable motel sign.
George Nelson’s classic 1958 design. Always loved this desk (walnut and white laminate gets me every time), so pricey though ($1745!). As a designer it’s a tough decision when it comes to furniture. Do you spend your money surrounding yourself with inspirational pieces of design like this, or do you spend it on equipment to make better design yourself? I always lean heavily towards the latter, as evidenced by the glut of Ikea products that fill my house.
Andre Morin’s HiFi for RCA – 1967. Is that a Perspex lid? Image sent in by Element Kuuda. I couldn’t find it on the Ikea site, but I know I’ve seen something there that very closely resembled the center console of this system. It was some sort of cabinet and looked almost exactly like this. Anyone remember what I’m talking about?