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“Satellite navigation (SatNav) is a lot older than previously thought. In fact, it’s even decades older than man-made satellites themselves. This fantastic contraption, called the ‘Routefinder’, showed 1920s drivers in the UK the roads they were travelling down, gave them the mileage covered and told them to stop when they came at journey’s end.

The technology – a curious cross between the space age and the stone age – consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ’scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch to suit the particular trip the driver fancied taking.”

Source: Strange Maps

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“I imagined that if the surface of the package imitated the colour and texture of the fruit skin, then the object would reproduce the feeling of the real skin” – Naoto Fukasawa

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Coffee Wagon from Argentina

"Coffee wagon" from Argentina

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FredriksonStallard s Table #6

Fredrikson Stallard 's Rubber Table

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Hackenbroich

Hackenbroich Architecten's interior for Haarwerk hair salon

Hackenbroich Architectens interior for Haarwerk hair salon

Hackenbroich Architecten's interior for Haarwerk hair salon

John Truex Bracket Shelves

John Truex' bracket shelves

John Truex bracket shelves

John Truex' bracket shelves

John Truex rope chair

John Truex' rope chair

Source: Design Boom, Dezeen

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To Go

Dalvey pocket flask and telescopic cup

Dalvey pocket flask and telescopic cup

Dalvey telescopic cup

Dalvey telescopic cup

Orikaso cup

Orikaso cup

I’ve been a staunch supporter of reusable coffee cups for years and have a shocking collection of travel mugs ranging from functional stainless steel 20oz to purely attractive transparent Perspex 8oz. As much as I love them, the dimensions are simply too cumbersome to carry on a regular basis, and I have used too many paper cups for lack of a tumbler tucked in my carryalls.

It’s about time for the telescopic styling of vessels made for hikers and campers to be brought into the forefront of the nomadic urban landscape. Dalvey does a beautiful job with their stainless steel collection, although a functional matching lid could swiftly move their products beyond a gentlemen’s demographic. Orikaso‘s folding cups are a sweet option for casual use and the polypropylene structure has a load of potential, as does the design of these telescopic glasses.

I anticipate some young industrial design student doing great things with this concept in the coming semesters and successfully marketing it to this generation’s yuppies, international airport transients and modern kitchen boutique afficionados.

Source: Dalvey Depot, Modern Outpost, Myriad, Saddler, TFTS

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Rob Brandts porcelain Crinkle Cup

Rob Brandt's Crinkle Cup

Julien de Smedts china Crushed Bowl

Julien de Smedt's Crushed Bowl

Selettis ceramic Fruit Plate

Seletti's Fruit Plate

For years, I’ve been amassing a table service of ceramic dishes with Century Gothic curves, each painted in contrasting colours to mix and match. This year, Seletti has thrown me for a loop with witty and beautiful pieces and a clean white aesthetic. I’m particularly keen on their white patent leather tablecloth that takes me back to the fabric-lined synthetic tablecloths we used to take camping that are so practical, but never lovely.

Julien de Smedt‘s origami-style china bowl would look fantastic filled with colourful spherical fruit and Rob Brandt‘s Crinkle Cup is begging for a chewed-up bendy straw to slurp pink lemonade from.

Source: Design Museum, Dezeen, Frizzi Frizzi

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