Isamu Noguchi once said: "Everything is sculpture, any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture." Nowhere is this more apparent than in his Noguchi Coffee Table, which takes the idea of a table, breaks it down into its barest components, and then re-imagines and re-energizes it.
the Arco lamp
Ettore Sottsass bookcase
The Arco lamp
Model B3 Club Chair by Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), 1925.
Ekco radio AD-65 By Wells Coates (1895-1958), wireless, 1934. Manufactured by EK Cole commit; Ltd.
Radio Cubo (Cube) originally designed by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso (c 1964) for Italian electronics company Brionvega
Tizo lamp designed by Richard Sapper went on sale in 1972. It's still on sale and desirable today which is testament to this design classic.
Red Blue Chair, Gerrit Rietveld, 1923. A little masculine and architectural but still a classic. Hoping that much of his furniture would eventually be mass-produced rather than handcrafted, Rietveld aimed for simplicity in construction.
JVC GR-C1: the first home video camera that had the recording mechanism and camera in one unit. Before this time the user would carry a deck on a shoulder strap and the camera in their hands. The JVC GR-C1 set the form factor for camera for years to come. It is also know among movie geeks as the camera Marty uses in the first Back to the Future movie.
The Moka pot (AKA caffettiera) first manufactured by Bialetti in 1933. With over 200 million units manufactured this is the classic household coffee-pot .
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona chair, 1929/ca. 1950s; furniture; metal and leather,
Hamilton Ventura (aka the MiB watch). The flying V of the watch world.
RT 20 tischsuper radio, 1961, by Dieter Rams for Braun
Saul Bass film titles. Before Bass, film titles were static. Bass introduced a new kind of kinetic typography that allowed for motion in title sequences.
The striking Tube map that is recognised across the globe was the brainchild of Underground electrical draughtsman, Harry Beck, who produced this imaginative yet stunningly simple design back in 1933.
Alessi kettle: iconic design from architect Michael Graves in dating to 1983.
Vincent Black Lightning, 1952 - this was the super-bike of its day and, at the time, the fastest production bike in the world. Also famous for being the muse for Richard Thompson's song of the same name.
Hacker-Craft sport boats - still hand made in mahogany today - if you have boat loads of money.
P H Artichoke lamp: designed 1958 by Poul Henningsen.
Bubble visor Bell Jet R-T
With a name like Tim Leatherman wasn't he destined to make this tool? There have been many 'improvements' since the original model but the original is still the best looking and useful.
Boby Cart, 1970