Knoll Wassily Chair cost 2,354USD
Is design a piece of art? How important are things that surround us? What you need more: function or esthetic? What is beautiful? I want to tell a little about one of my most favorite chairs - Wassily Chair. It was created by Marcel Breuer who graduated in Bauhaus. All his works, architecture and furniture, aspire to reconcile art and industry. Inspired by the frame of a bicycle and influenced by the constructivist theories of the De Stjil movement, Breuer reduced the form of the classic club chair to its elemental lines and planes. These design (and all subsequent steel tubing furniture) was technologically feasible only because the German steel manufacturer Mannesmann had perfected a process for making seamless steel tubing. Previously, steel tubing had a welded seam, which would collapse when the tubing was bent. In an interview Marcel Breuer described how he came to begin experimenting with bent tubular steel while at the Bauhaus: “At that time I was rather idealistic. 23 years old. I made friends with a young architect, and I bought my first bicycle. I learned to ride the bicycle and talked to this young fellow and told him that the bicycle seems to be a perfect production because it hasn’t changed in the last twenty, thirty years. It is still the original bicycle form. He said, “Did you ever see how they make those parts? How they bend those handlebars? You would be interested because they bend those steel tubes like macaroni. …This somehow remained in my mind, and I started to think about steel tubes which are bent into frames—probably that is the material you could use for an elastic and transparent chair. Typically, I was very much engaged with the transparency of the form. …That is how the first chair was made…I realized that the bending had to go further. It should only be bent with no points of welding on it so it could also be chromed in parts and put together. That is how the first Wassily was born. I was myself somewhat afraid of criticism. I didn’t tell anyone I was doing these experiments actually. [Wassily] Kandinsky, who came by chance to my studio when the first chair was brought in, said, “What’s this?” He was very interested and then the Bauhaus got very interested in it. A year later, I had furnished the whole Bauhaus with this furniture.” Kandinsky was so admired Breuer’s finished chair design, and only then did Breuer make an additional copy for Kandinsky’s use in his home. And yes, against popular belief,the chair was not designed for the great painter Wassily Kandinsky, who liked it so. The chair was first manufactured in the late 1920s under the name Model B3 and went out of production during World War II. And only then, when the chair was re-released in the 1960s, it was designated “Wassily” by its Italian manufacturer, who had learned that Kandinsky had been the recipient of one of the earliest post-prototype units. Design of this became a classic and is still available today. Based on existence of such things, recognition these things, they are more than nice looking things.
Lexon Tykho cost 80USD
The Tykho Radio designed by Marc Berthier is a great example of functionality and form working harmoniously for a truly useful and good looking product. In March, 2000 Time Magazine featured an article on the front page entitled, “The Rebirth of Design”. The Lexon Tykho radio was the chosen product for the spot, making it an iconic choice before its time. It’s featured in MOMA’s permanent collection in New York and has received numerous awards. Things aren’t always simple things.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Form 2 cost 119USD
Bang & Olufsen introduced their iconic headphones in 1985. Form 1 represents minimalism in product design at its finest. The headphones combined excellent sound reproduction with customisation. A natural evolution of Form 1, Form 2 designed by Steve McCugan brought an even lighter and more sleek feel to the iconic design. Form 2 weighs in at only 86 grams and comes in a variety of colours. A true testament to the timelessness of its design, and a part of MoMA’s permanent collection, Form 2 stands out in the lineup by having been in production for more than 25 years and counting, a claim no other headphone can make. I think that it’s one of those things which should be yours if you work in or you like industrial design. So draw your own conclusions ladies and gentlemen.
Apple iPhone 5c from 549USD
Certainly iPhone 5c is not the most commercially successful phone in the history of Apple. But I need to say a few words about it. I do not think that the main purpose was commerce. In my opinion Jony Ive managed the creation of the phone and iOS7 to be able to do something that really can not be divided into hardware and software, internal and external. It’s very difficult to describe in words how deeply this phone designed. Also superbly is that the case does not hide and significantly expands the design of the device. And very sad that this phone is strongly underestimated in terms of design. Joking apart it should be bought by MoMA museum for the permanent exhibition.
Bang & Olufsen Beolab 18 cost 6,590USD
What things are icons of design? Absolutely, Beolab 8000 is icon. Beautiful and genius in everything from how it works and how it is produced and how great it looks. From the beginning to the end it’s built in perfect way. BeoLab 18 is a tribute to this iconic 1992 design in modern way with a new and innovative ways to use wood for lamelle grill and changed the shape for more graceful and elegant sophisticated silhouette. Plus WiSA technology which means you’ll be able to stream 24-bit uncompressed music at native sampling rates. If you have money, you must buy them.
Aedle VK-1 cost 290EUR
Combining latest audio technologies with traditional craftmanship, the VK-1 embed high-performance titanium-neodymium transducers in a minimalistic designed body entirely made of noble materials. Each of the VK-1 aluminum parts are sculpted one by one in a virgin aluminium ingot. Handsewn genuine lambskin leather for headband and cushions.