Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Cameron » November 23rd, 2012, 12:54 am

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If BIC ever stopped making these, it would initiate my equivalent of a lifetime supply twinkie run... =)
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Mr-914 » November 23rd, 2012, 8:39 am

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Cameron: I'm a round stick fan myself. I agree.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby SmartWorks » November 28th, 2012, 5:42 pm

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rkuchinsky wrote:Just picked up one of these Rimowa pieces for my recent trip to Asia. Awesome. Beautifully constructed and full of great, honest details.

http://www.rimowa.de/

One of the very few things that looks better with a nice patina. They had one in the store that was 30 years old with tons of stickers and dents that had been through 2 plane crashes (dunno how that happened!). Even better looking!

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How solid are those wheels ?

In my experience no matter how much you spend the wheels are never strong enough to survive some baggage handlers and are always the first thing to go. If they did get smashed do you think they would be replaceable ?

Re: Good design you love to have

Postby eobet » May 24th, 2013, 4:58 pm


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I have to resurrect this thread to talk about a recent purchase that was really unexpected. Many things these days, consumer electronics especially, are so cheaply made that they bring no satisfaction apart from their utility and quite a lot of them barely even satisfy their function. So imagine my surprise when I bought an electric toothbrush from Philips that not only turned out to be well built (so far), but also well designed and came with a bunch of equally high quality accessories:

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The first accessory is the glass, which appears to be very thick! I know that glass blowers appreciate thin glass to show off their craftsmanship, but thin glass screams fragile at you and broken glass screams danger, so that affects the way you handle it. This feels as if you can drop it on a tiled bathroom floor and it won't break.

The second accessory is the stand that goes under the glass. This charges the toothbrush via induction, through the glass. Engineering wise, that's probably not terribly impressive, but it feels impressive. The way the stand and glass are shaped so that they seamlessly fit into each other is also very nice.

The third accessory is the travel case. This is also made with quality detailing, for example the way they have symmetrically stretched the fabric of the case so that the pattern in the weave actually creates pleasant shapes, even around the corners. It also has slots for an extra brush head, hidden magnets to close it and a mini-USB port for charging on the go, again via induction.

And then there is the toothbrush itself. As with the rest, it feels like a well designed quality item, with for example brushing program indicators which are invisible when the brush is off, but glow white when active. The battery indicator is also invisible unless active, and pulsates in green and orange. The chrome details around the brush head mount and especially the bottom where it receives the charge are also nice, in that they are the only details in another material and they highlight the places where the brush receives external input, if you follow me.

I don't know, maybe it's post-decision dissonance, after all I've only owned it for a few months, but this feels so far like the best thing I've bought in a long, long time. Oh, and it brushes really well too. :)

With products like this, I would have loved to work at Philips design. Too bad I read that they've sold off all of their consumer stuff except the lighting. :(

EDIT: I actually just noticed that the main toothrush volume transitions from a square at the base to a circle at the top, while the glass transitions from a square at the top to a circle at the base. Perhaps not just for looks either, since it provides a slightly larger area for the toothbrush to stand on and also nice corners in the glass for the brush to lean on. So far, this design just keeps getting better the more I look at it!

Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Cameron » May 25th, 2013, 12:49 am

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Mr-914 wrote:Cameron: I'm a round stick fan myself. I agree.

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I think you mean agree to disagree! I dispise the round-stick. So cheap and flimsy, parts slip off all the time. The Crystal is a quality, solid, pencil-style grip! If your round stick ever kills off the crystal, it will be a 1st-world design tragedy of epic proportions. =)
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby scrotum » October 21st, 2013, 6:16 pm

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Just got me a Sonicare DiamondClean too, awesome toothbrush. But I've been so busy using it I haven't had time to check out the accessories yet. The glass is bigger than I thought.
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Generatewhatsnext » October 22nd, 2013, 7:25 am

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Ahh, the simple things...this little lid is so simple, does its intended job so well, works just long enough and is a BIG improvement over earlier versions of products like it. Even the Starbucks lid, seemingly more designer-y, can't touch it.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby yo » October 22nd, 2013, 10:06 pm

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The original Audi flip key. When that came out it '99 or 2000 it was pretty crazy and it is still awesome. I love playing with it. Great pocketable talisman of the brand, I know they used it for VW too, and then Mazda and everyone else did one before it all switched to push button keyless, but I still love it.
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby rkuchinsky » October 22nd, 2013, 10:29 pm

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Not sure if the key was Audi or vw first. I had one on my (?) 1997 or 1998 new beetle.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby maj029 » October 25th, 2013, 9:28 am

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Someone popped this up on here a while back, urged me to run out and buy one straight away! It doesn't peel off your keyring and is near indestructible. Quite a sexy wee number too!
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby rkuchinsky » October 25th, 2013, 10:10 am

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Eames Splint. Picked one up recently on craigslist. Very inspiring Good Design.

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In one simple object, it shows-
1. Low cost/high volume doesn't have to mean compromise.
2. Simple can be smart. A lot of built in functions for "free" reduces complexity and need for additional parts/fasteners.
3. Material innovation. Use of new wood molding techniques can drive all the above.
4. Functional can be beautiful. As great as it functions, it is also sculpturally beautiful.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Mr-914 » October 25th, 2013, 11:11 am

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How come I never see an Eames splint in use or with straps on it? Just an observation...

What are you going to do with it Richard? I hope your legs are OK!
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby rkuchinsky » October 25th, 2013, 11:15 am

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I think the straps were part of the Army field kit or a stock item and not part of the splint itself. Splint was wrapped in paper and then in boxes. Funny thing is actually that those that are wrapped and sealed cost more, but you ruin the value if you open it, so all you can see is a bulky thing wrapped in paper.

I actually had the opportunity to buy one still wrapped as well, but seemed like overkill to have 2.

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I've got it hanging on the wall as a sculptural piece.

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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Mr-914 » October 25th, 2013, 2:12 pm

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That was the only 'in-use" photo I could find on Google too. Strange.

I did see a bunch of images of it wrapped. It reminds me of when I was a kid collecting comic books. I'd buy two every time they had one that came sealed. One to read, one just in case it became valuable.
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Re: Good design you love to have

Postby Lmo » October 27th, 2013, 9:33 am

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Well, I'll say one thing, it's certainly big; you wouldn't find it in a field corpman's kit. Perhaps never seen with "straps" because cravat bandages were everywhere.

Another Eames product manufactured by Evans.

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