Retrospect

Celebrate light

Although in the last few years we 
have assisted in an acceleration of the 
binomial design+art (just think of the success of fairs such as Design Miami/Basel, or of the growth of limited-editions design business – almost a contradiction in terms), the two disciplines have been going hand in hand for decades.

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Tom Matano

Tom Matano

Mazda’s iconic pastille-shaped MX-5 changed the face of sports car motoring when it launched in 1986. Designed by Matano, it’s now the world’s best-selling convertible sports car.

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More than skin deep

More than skin deep

The beauty and skincare industry grows year on year, with ever more products appearing on the shelves jostling for consumers’ attention.

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The bentwood turns 150

The bentwood turns 150

When Michael Thonet first introduced his bentwood chair, originally known as the ‘14’ and now known as the ‘214’, in Vienna in 1859, he probably didn’t realise that he had created the first mass-produced chair in the world.

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The shipping container

The shipping container

The modular shipping container is one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary products. The design development and integration of a standardised shipping container into the global transport system continues to transform the world’s economy.

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On the cutting edge

On the cutting edge

A knife is not a multipurpose tool; it is designed exclusively as a cutting tool. When a knife blade is used for a screwdriver, hole punch, scraper, wire cutter or prising lever, the result can be a disaster for the blade, the blade point and the handle assembly.

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Clement Meadmore

Clement Meadmore

The Australian industrial designer Clement Meadmore (1929-2005), whose design career was overshadowed by his international reputation as a sculptor, began studying engineering at Melbourne Technical College (later Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) at the age of seventeen.

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The machine-made Beaufort House

The machine-made Beaufort House

The dream of the ‘machine-made’ house was part of the early 20th-century modernist vision of standard-ised housing with factory-produced interchangeable components, modular plans and elevations produced at a price accessible to every citizen.

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