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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.