Title: Products, interiors, events, ideas
Pages: 30 - 37
Text: Products, interiors, events, ideas
Lamplight - new style
The range of six lamps, illustrated below, recently introduced by Lumitron Ltd (a member of the Grampian Lighting Ltd group of companies) combine a pleasantly Victorian feeling in design with the use of modern materials and production methods.
The metal parts of the fittings are made from anodised aluminium, while the diffusers are moulded from white and grey acrylic. The range has been carefully designed so that some of the components are standard throughout - for instance, the outer dome for the small table lamp, right, becomes the inner dome for the large pendant light. In addition, the lower lamp housing on the table lamps is also used as a separator between the outer and inner domes of the top assembly, and becomes the lamp housing in the pendant fittings. This rationalisation not only facilitates production but also helps to give the range a family likeness.
Intended for both contract and domestic applications, the range was designed by Robert Welch. Prices start at about £10 17s 2d for the small pendant, rising to about £25 6s 8d for the floor standard lamp.
Started in 1961 by Jan Pienkowski and Angela Holder, Gallery Five Ltd is a small company which has built up a considerable reputation for well designed Christmas cards in the medium price range. And not only at home either about a quarter of the firm's annual turnover comes from exports. The cards are particularly notable for a striking use of strong colour. Shown here: Robin Tree, right, designed by Jutta Werner, and Hat, far right, designed by Mr Pienkowski.
Design for a good cause
An appeal to members of the jewellery trade and the public for gifts of jewellery, silver, etc. to be auctioned in aid of Oxfam and the National Association of Youth Clubs, met with an excellent response, and numerous valuable gifts, some from overseas, were donated. To increase the value of the collection still further, Richard Ogden, chairman of the Jewel Auction Committee which launched the appeal, suggested that some of the smaller items of jewellery be broken down and the materials used again in pieces of modern jewellery.
Eleven leading British jewellery designers agreed to take part. Working with the second hand materials and a supply of 18 carat gold donated by the bullion dealers, Johnson Matthey Ltd. they have created between them 15 designs. Three examples are shown here: a ring by Stephen Keeling and two brooches, one by John Donald, top left, the other by Roger Millar, bottom. The specially designed pieces and some other jewels will be auctioned at Asprey's at 9.30 pm on December 7. On the morning of the same day, the silver and other objets d'art will be auctioned at Christie's.
The library, above right, of the new University of Warwick, designed by Yorke Rosenberg Mardall, has been planned for maximum flexibility to meet present and future needs. Thus the two floors of the six storey block are at the moment used for teaching purposes, but will revert to use as part of the library when required.
The ground floor accommodates staff working areas, storage and seminar rooms, and the first floor houses the main public areas. The remaining library floors are designed on an open plan, allowing for the greatest possible flexibility in arrangement as reading areas, departmental sections, book storage, etc. The building is constructed in reinforced concrete with white glazed tiles as the external wall finish.
The illustration, below right, shows the quadrangle of the university with the new arts lecture theatre designed by Gray, Goodman and Associates.
Dashing and durable
Simple in form, robust and carefully detailed, these two new Classic dry irons are made by Morphy Richards Ltd (part of British Domestic Appliances Ltd) and designed by Kenneth Grange in conjunction with the firm's design team.
The introduction of the two models resulted from careful research into the potential market in Europe and Britain. Open handle irons - which help to make ironing sleeves, etc. easier - are popular on the continent, while closed handle irons are as yet more acceptable over here. The cut back shape of the closed handle is, however, designed to give this iron a similar advantage in ironing inaccessible parts of garments.
The handles of both irons are bulky enough to be comfortable without being too definitely shaped to the hand. Clear and simple graphics on the control switch and a positive action are two further points.
Prices are: about £4 0s 9d for both models with a black handle, blue backplate and chrome cowl; about £3 16s 2d for the open handle iron with a black handle and backplate and choice of yellow, blue or green cowl.
Keeping up the good work
Quality and Reliability year was inaugurated last month by the Duke of Edinburgh, and, as a contribution to the campaign, the British Productivity Council has commissioned a cheery set of posters to publicise the very important message. The posters, 24 in all two for display each month of the year - are intended for use in factories and offices. A set of posters, price £5 (postage included) can be obtained from the printers, Brown, Knight and Truscott Ltd. Department QR, Dowgate Works, Tonbridge, Kent. The posters were designed by Lawrence Edwards.
Not resting on their laurels
The Scandinavian Industrial Art Fair was the title given to an exhibition held recently at Markaryd, Sweden, to show craft and mass produced items from relatively small industries. Conscious of their reputation for good design, one of the aims of the exhibition was, in the organiser's words, to
encourage Scandinavian craftsmen and manufacturers to "defend and strive to develop still further the position which 'Scandinavian Design' has captured on the world market."
About 80 exhibitors took part in the exhibition and products shown included glass, ceramics, carpets and giftware. Illustrated here are, top left, a hand thrown stone-ware teaset, Jasmin, designed by Hertha Bengston (Sweden); middle, a necklace designed by Bjorn Weckstrom and made by Kruunu-Koru Oy (Finland); and top right, lamps designed and made by Hans-Agne Jakobsson (Sweden).
Griffn and George Ltd and R. and J. Beck Ltd have jointly introduced a student microscope for use in schools up to 'O' level studies. The microscope, which is being marketed by Griffn and George, is easy to use, accurate and robust, and the price, which is less than £20, is very competitive.
The microscope was designed by Beck designers to the specific requirements of Griffn and George. It has a split base: when turned, the stage (platform for specimens) moves from a horizontal to an inclined position. (The horizontal position is for wet specimens; the inclined position for dry.)
One control, which can be worked from either side, is used to focus the system. This control is sensitive enough to allow the accurate focusing of the three objective lenses of x 3 5, x 8 and x 20 magnification. These lenses are permanently aligned with the eye-piece tube, and are held in a turret nose-piece. A captive eye-piece of approximately x 15 magnification is fitted to the body tube giving a large field of view. The underside of the stage is fitted with a condenser, and a mirror attached to the base. A 12 volt illuminator is available.
Beating the bulges
The Salter 209 personal weighing machine, recently accepted for Design Index, has been designed to combine accuracy and robustness with ease of use. A lever system pivoting on hardened steel knife edges and self aligning seatings has been used to provide a very sensitive movement. The weighing mechanism is rust-proof and unaffected by changes in temperature. The dial conforms to BS 3693 requirements for legibility and size; a magnifying lens fitment is also provided.
The clean lines of the weighing machine reflect the precision of the instrument. It also represents a most enterprising approach on the part of the manufacturers, G. Salter and Co Ltd. At the beginning of the project, the firm gave the brief for the appearance design to a student at Birmingham College of Art and Design, Terence Rowntree, who was introduced to the company by Eric Clements, head of the school of industrial design (engineering). Having completed the first stage of the design at the college, Mr Rowntree joined the firm for a period to supervise the engineering activities associated with the introduction of the design into production. The Salter 209 sells at £10 19s 5d.
The Speech Trainer 98 shown here is used in teaching deaf and mute children to speak. It works on the principle of combined colour signals, moving images and amplified sound.
The upper unit incorporates a screen in front of which a strip of film passes showing words, phonics, and illustrations of objects. The three coloured lenses and the window below can be lit up as required by the teacher. The blue lens corresponds to 'breathed', the red to 'voiced' and the brown to 'nasal' sounds, and the awkward 'ch' sound is indicated by the use of the illustration of the steam locomotive. The lower unit contains an adjustable intensity compression amplifier which is coupled with the teacher's microphone and three sets of earphones. The compact and rationalised two-part form of the equipment, and the design and positioning of the controls makes it a significant advance over the original version. It was designed by Richard Neagle and made by Amplifon sas (Italy).
Among the products on the Block and Anderson Ltd (a member of the Ozalid Group of companies) stand at the Business Efficiency Exhibition held recently at Olympia was the Banda 900RF spirit duplicator, right. This product won a Gold Medal - awarded for the 'highest technical development showing real technological progress'- at this year's Leipzig Fair. The Banda 900RF is one of a range of spirit duplicators (all of which produce clean copies without inks) on which A. B. Kirkbride and Associates worked as design consultants to Block and Anderson.
Salon in Chelsea
Holding its own against the trendy little shops in the Kings Road, Chelsea, is a small hairdressers, Joseph Salon 33. Working on a limited budget the designer, Sheila Walters, has turned what was originally an old fashioned establishment into a modern and attractive salon.
The frontage has been divided with a small 'shop window', see illustration bottom left, which both protects the clients inside from the curious stares of passers by, and also gives the salon a boutique like quality. Inside, the high narrow room which forms the work area, top left, has been lowered by the use of a false ceiling of slatted cedar. The use of black paintwork above this and a dark lino floor also help to counteract the height. Orange and yellow walls and maize curtaining against white paintwork and white fittings give a cheerful and sunny atmosphere.
Some of the existing equipment has been retained but it has been modified and adapted to suit the new interior. Soft lighting has been provided for the drying areas and bright spot lighting for the rest of the work area. The shop fitter was Andrew Pegram Ltd.
The wine trolley illustrated here was designed and made by Andrew Bray and was commissioned by Lord Annan, formerly provost of King's College Cambridge, as a farewell gift to his old college. It is intended for regular use at dinners by members of the college, in the fellows' wine room. It carries a
selection of wines and is pulled around the dining table by each diner. Mr Bray designed the trolley, basically, as a simple articulated platform, which gives it an ability to turn in a given table area and allows clear access to the decanters. The large handle enables it to be manoeuvred easily. The curvilinear form of the trolley follows the characteristic shape of the existing glass decanters. which were designed by Professor Robert Goodden.
Following study of the ticket machines in London's Underground stations, P. S. Hepworth, research fellow in the faculty of industrial design at Leicester College of Art and Design, designed the mock up of a ticket vending unit, left. The novel features include an index at eye level on which stations are listed alphabetically along with the price: travellers can thus see at a glance the cost of the fare to their particular destination. As a further convenience for passengers, untiI the introduction of decimal coinage, Mr Hepworth suggests the introduction of fares based on 6d increments.
For informal entertaining
An attractively rustic range of cutlery, called Bistro and made by Old Hall Tableware Ltd. has recently been accepted for Design Index. The range comprises the six items shown here and is designed for what might be described as informal eating - barbecue parties and tv suppers rather than grand dinners (though there is no reason why they could not be used on formal occasions also).
The rosewood handles are comfortable to hold and practical in use since the wood is impregnated with a special protective plastics lacquer finish. The method used to join knife blades, etc. to the handles - a concealed tang held by rivets - adds to the elegance of the design.
The prices are reasonable: a two person set (two steak knives, two forks and two desert spoons) sells at about £2 8s. Items from the range sold in boxes of six start at about £1 6s per box. Individual pieces are also sold separately. Bistro was designed by Robert Welch.
Chair for communities
The folding chair shown here, designed by Pierangela d'Aniello and Aldo Jacober, won first prize in the 'chair for communities' section of the furniture competition organised in conjunction with the International Samples Fair held recently in Trieste.
The judges (who included M. Zanuso, see item below) praised the simplicity of design, good use of materials, and the attention paid by the designers to ease of manufacture. The chair has a wooden frame and a cane seat: when folded, it is 4 5 cm thick. It is made by Bazzani of Bovisio (Milan).
Desk top computer
Latest in the range of impeccably designed Olivetti products to be introduced into Britain is the Programma 101, an electronic computer not much larger than an electric typewriter. The Programma 101 is inexpensive, versatile, and easy to operate and maintain. An important feature is the
fact that the programmes are prepared on the machine itself, using the keyboard, without the need for any coding. The programmes are registered on magnetic cards.
It was produced for use in scientific research, statistics, etc. when a conventional calculator is not adequate and a large computer impracticable.
Developed by Dr P. Perotto, Olivetti's chief production engineer, in association with M. Bellini and M. Zanuso, it sells at £1,680.