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Leica M Edition 60

Any­one have $20,000 to drop on this Leica?

To cel­e­brate of the 60th anniver­sary of M cam­era, Leica pro­duced the lim­ited edi­tion Leica M Edi­tion 60. The kit includes a Leica M-P dig­i­tal cam­era and the Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both cre­ated by Audi Design.

This is more of a col­lec­tors item than any­thing, but it’s amaz­ing to see the amount of detail that went into it, even down to the pack­ag­ing and presentation.

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Leica T

Leica T

Leica T

The Leica T is a new mirror-less cam­era sys­tem which fea­tures a super min­i­mal design, and a body made com­pletely out of a sin­gle block of alu­minum. Aes­thet­i­cally, it’s beau­ti­ful. There are only a few but­tons on the top, and the every­thing else is han­dled through the touch­screen on the back.

The level of engi­neer­ing and crafts­man­ship that goes into mak­ing a Leica T is impres­sive as expected. The way the strap con­nects to the cam­era seems bril­liant, and the body is pol­ished by hand for 45 min­utes. The video above shows the entire 45 minute pol­ish­ing process.

A lot of prod­ucts today don’t offer this kind of crafts­man­ship. Good to see some com­pa­nies that still care.

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Naoto Fukasawa: Hiroshima Chair

Here’s a great video of Naoto Fuka­sawa speak­ing about the ele­gant Hiroshima chair that he designed for Maruni. The video also gives a glimpse into the crafts­man­ship that goes into mak­ing the chair.

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The Encounter Collection

This short film by Process Cre­ative for fur­ni­ture and bag designer Stephen Kenn is just per­fect. It’s beau­ti­fully shot and the story is very emo­tional. It really high­lights how an object can carry so much his­tory and sentiment.

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Munich 90

Ruby Munich 90

Ruby Munich 90

Ruby, mak­ers of fine motor­cy­cle hel­mets and acces­sories, is cel­e­brat­ing the 90th anniver­sary of BMW Motor­rad with their lim­ited edi­tion Munich 90 col­lec­tion. The col­lec­tion of hel­mets fea­ture the color schemes of BMW’s leg­endary rac­ing motorcycles.

These are stun­ning, and very expen­sive, but could be nice as a dec­o­ra­tive piece in the home. I’ve always been a sucker for BMW’s rac­ing stripe graph­ics.

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Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews

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helvetica-objectified-urbanized-complete-interviews

Gary Hus­twit, the direc­tor of Hel­vetica, Objec­ti­fied and Urban­ized, is releas­ing almost 100 hours of unseen inter­views from the three films as a book. The book, designed by Build, will include in-depth dis­cus­sions with Paola Antonelli, Michael Bierut, Neville Brody, Matthew Carter, Wim Crouwel, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jonathan Hoe­fler, Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set, Naoto Fuka­sawa, Jonathan Ive, Michael C. Place, Rick Poynor, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Ste­fan Sag­meis­ter, Paula Scher, Erik Spiek­er­man, Mas­simo Vignelli and more.

A Kick­starter has been setup where you can back the project.

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The Wishbone Chair

The Wish­bone Chair was designed in 1949 by Dan­ish designer Hans J. Weg­ner for fur­ni­ture com­pany Carl Hansen & Søn. The clas­sic chair has been in pro­duc­tion since 1950, and is always been hand­made by the finest crafts­man. The chair is made of 14 parts, and requires 100 sep­a­rate processes, which takes around 3 weeks to complete.

What’s so impres­sive with Wegner’s chair designs is that they’re over 50 years old, but still look very mod­ern. He was ahead of his time.

Design Milk got a behind-the-scenes look at how the chair is made, and they took some great pho­tos of the process.

The video above also gives a glimpse into the qual­ity and crafts­man­ship that goes into every chair. They are expen­sive, but worth every penny.

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Biltwell Gringo Helmet

Biltwell Gringo Helmet

Biltwell Gringo Helmet

Biltwell Gringo Helmet

This Gringo hel­met by Biltwell makes me wish I still had a motor­cy­cle. The min­i­mal design doesn’t over­due it in any­way. It’s just a pure hel­met design with­out all the fancy vents and shapes. It’s a clas­sic design that will never get old, and you can get an awe­some bub­ble shield for it. Reminds me of the awe­some James Cann film, Roller­ball.

Open Cycle

Open Cycle

Open Cycle

Open Cycle

Open Cycle

Open Cycle

Open is a bike com­pany that devel­ops high-end moun­tain bikes, who’s guid­ing prin­ci­ple is “Relent­less Sim­plic­ity”. They stick to this is in every aspect of the com­pany, from prod­uct line-up all to way to the indus­trial and graphic design of their frames. These have to be some of the most beau­ti­ful bikes I’ve ever seen. Not only are they made out of car­bon, and weight almost noth­ing, they sport a stream­lined frame design, and a very min­i­mal graph­ics. Some­thing that is almost never seen in the cycling com­mu­nity. Most brands slap their logos all over their bikes, but Open has shown great restraint, and it has paid off.

Beau­ti­ful.

Adidas Soccer Ball

Adidas soccer ball

Adidas soccer ball

Not sure if this is a real project, I hope so, but this soc­cer ball design by Maxim Bykov is excel­lent. Sim­ple, and has tra­di­tional feel to it.

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BMW Concept 90

BMW Concept 90

BMW Concept 90

BMW Concept 90

To cel­e­bra­tion 90 years of BMW Motor­rad along with 40 years of the iconic R90S design, BMW teamed up with Roland Sands Design to cre­ate the Con­cept 90. It’s a mod­ern take on a clas­sic motor­cy­cle, and it’s extremely well done. It mixes a time­less cafe racer style, with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate the per­fect motor­cy­cle. I’m hop­ing that BMW pro­duces it because I would get one right now.

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Braun ET66 Calculator

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Braun has announced that it will reis­sue the iconic ET66 Cal­cu­la­tor. It will be based on the clas­sic 1987 design by Diet­rich Lubs and Dieter Rams, that inspired the iPhone cal­cu­la­tor app. It will be avail­able dur­ing the sum­mer, and you can bet that we will be stock­ing it at Vet­ted. Stay tuned.