Think of it as a Chevrolet Camero that came back to its class reunion sexier than ever. While the custom car was created for the 2010 science fiction movie “Jinn,” starring Ray Park (think Darth Maul from Star Wars I), 50 clones have been built. And to be sure, this is the Darth Maul of cars. Clad in black, red, and a leather interior, the car is like a Pontiac Firebird with a particularly nasty attitude.
But it’s not just about looks. A supercharger combined with a cold-air intake system help the Firebreather achieve a whopping 599 horsepower. The sight lines aren’t good, but when you’ve got that much power, where are you going to be looking but straight forward?
When you’ve been making quality cars for decades, how much do you want to change? The 2012 Mercedes-Benz is a four-door coupe with a shallow back seat. The CLS features a V-8, and though rear passengers will be cramped, the console has been rearranged for the driver’s convenience. As for looks, the car’s lines are more muscled. The passenger compartment shifts ever-so-slightly to the rear, trading wanna-be sedan for more of a sports car look. And compared to the 2004 model, which sported smooth, rounded body curves, the 2012 model looks like it has been to the gym. The character lines that ripple across the doors stand out like cables, and the grill and hood have been tightened up considerably.
“Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams” is a comprehensive outline of almost four decades of work by Dieter Rams. Clearly the most influential industrial designer of the last century, Rams’ work is prominently examined from his earliest contributions.
The book was prompted by an exhibition of Ram’s design work that began in Osaka in 2008, and was edited by Ueki-Polet, a celebrated Japanese design curator who joined forces with Ram’s personal acquaintance, Klaus Klemp, himself an expert on industrial product design.
While Rams contributes to the text independently, the book includes a convergence of internationally known design experts who discuss his work within the context of today’s contemporary design. Included are a premier collection of images and sketches that reflect Ram’s designs and models during his time with German consumer products companies, Braun, Vitsoe and FSB.
Less and More is a substantial, museum-quality, bound volume worthy of even the most discerning collectors. Readers walk away from it possessed with a renewed understanding of what design is and what it has the potential to do. The beautifully illustrated pages explain Rams’ basic design principals and his overall philosophy as a designer. It explores the array of possibilities created by design for the consumer, and for the manufacturer, in terms of improving life through functional, attractive, earth-friendly solutions. Rams’ were ahead of their time. Probably most noted for his “ten commandments” of design, this text aptly proves that they are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote them decades ago.
Vintage appeal can make an ordinary gadget much more fun, and NES hard drives pleasantly capture the spirit of old Nintendo cartridges with a modern twist. NES hard drives house a standard laptop hard drive in the classic case of an NES cartridge.
Easy connection is provided via a USB 2.0 port, which works wonderfully. Several sizes are available, all the way up to 1TB of storage at reasonable prices considering the average cost of external hard drives. The unassuming cartridges provide great security in addition to their great looks and classic feel.
The storage capacity and retro looks of NES hard drives make them a must-have form of data storage for tech fans, computer lovers and video gamers alike.
With letters A-Z and digits 0-9, Metalvetica can make a statement— Big time. Metalvetica art forms are chunky blocks of metal about 35 cm high and 8 cm thick. Like the sans serif font they parody, they are amazingly adaptable. Think: organic meets geometric. Aluminium from the ancient earth is wrought into contemporary straight-edged sculpture. The combination is positively striking. Metalvetica is part industrial grunge, part modern hi-tech, and totally crammed with minimalist elegance. Its metallic lustre fits with every colour scheme.
The savvy art enthusiast will ‘initially’ love the way its form follows function as art and room décor. Metalvetica letters and numbers come with holes in back for hanging or they can be spryly propped on a shelf.
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