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Title: Things seen

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Text: Things seen

Tower power
A 66ft octagonal tower of British stamps designed by Andrew Chadwick of Hulme Chadwick & Partners with graphics by Barry O'Dwyer, was the main feature of Philympia 1970. For the Post Office, the same designers created an 8000sq ft stand with a roof structure of pyramidal space frames tied by a grid of mild steel rods and supported by steel columns at 30ft centres. The stand was put up in three days.

Phone number
A push about stand capable of holding 11 phone books has been designed for Design Research Unit by Pierre Botschi of Richard & Su Rogers. The holder is mounted on a standard Intercraft office chair and the troughs are in bright yellow aluminium.

Belting up
The KL Jeenay Safety System has been designed to protect child car passengers of all ages. They progress from the Carrycot restraint, 3 7s (3 35p) and the Child Safety Seat, 8 15s (8 75p), a moulded polypropylene shell with seat straps and harness, to the Child Safety Harness, 3 17s (3 85p) for children who are not old enough to use an adult seat belt. The system was designed by Jean Ames for KL Automotive Products Ltd, Homerton High Street, London E9.

Family cruiser
The latest twin-keel from Westerly Marine, the Warwick, was launched last month. Designed by Laurent Giles and Partners, the boat is an updated version of the highly successful Westerly 22 (its length overall is in fact 21ft 6in) with two separate cabins, a closed off wc in the head, and 5ft 10in clearance in the main cabin. The boat is aimed at the family market in Europe and the US (Westerly export about 65 per cent of their production) and can be towed on a trailer behind a car. Basic price of 1585 is some 400 less than the 23ft Centaur.

Rose by another name
Briar Rose is one of the new additions to Formica's Architects and Designers range. It comes in three colourways on plywood or chipboard core Beauty-board with a parchment or matt finish, and costs 5s (25p) per sq ft. In the Standard range, Daisy comes in four colourways and costs from 4s 6d (221/2p) per sq ft.

Living light
This two version standard lamp, for diffuse and indirect light, uses a Philips alogenumlodium 55W 12 volt bulb with a transformer concealed beneath a bulb shaped skirt in the base. Lacquered white or grey and available in heights of 148, 170, 185 and 200cm, it was designed for Arteluce Milan by Gino Sarfatti.

Upside down vase
This double vase, made from injection moulded abs, has two truncated conical cavities, either of which can serve as a base. It was designed by Enzo Mari for Danese, Milan.

Boxing in the bedroom
This system of bedroom furniture for students' residences, designed by the Toronto firm of Muller and Stewart, uses four main pieces: a bed, a drawer unit and a desk based on a 20in x 30in x 40in module and a shelf unit measuring 10in x 30in x 40in. The shelf unit has a cork pin-up board and built-in lighting and the drawer unit, desk and bedhead have metal bushings to accommodate anglepoise lamps. All units are finished in elm veneer.

Fair copies
The desk top Lumoprint copier handles flat sheets, bound volumes and three dimensional objects over a maximum copying area of 81/2in x 14in. Original material is carried horizontally over rollers and ejected into a tray. Machines are made in Hamburg and sold in the UK by Nig Mason Lumoprint. The two available are: the LE 40 (20 copies a minute) at 395, and the smaller LE 4 (10 copies a minute) at 360.

Mirror art
The Sunday Mirror National Exhibition of Children's Art exhibited for the first time at Burlington House far outshone the Royal Academy's own Summer Show. The valuable Art Training Award. worth 300, went to Maria Fernandez, 16, of Chester School of Art and the 100 Craft Award was won by a group at the Sarah Bonnell Grammar School who created a magnificent embroidery collage to commemorate the school's bicentenary. Above, "Teeside" by Brian Herriott, 14, of the Abraham Darby Comprehensive School.

Hand held
Poltranova's sensational Joe chair, designed in the shape of a baseball mitt, was one of the chief attractions of the Tenth Italian Furniture Fair at Milan. Made from expanded polyurethane foam and upholstered in beautifully stitched hide, the chair measures 170cm x 81cm x 95cm deep. The young team of Lomazzi/d'Urbino/De Pas who designed it, have added their signatures in true baseball tradition.

Electric eel
Looking like a huge mound of illuminated pasta, these Boalum lights, designed for Artemide Milan by Livio Castiglioni and Gianfranco Frattini, can be used on walls, tables and floors. Each lamp consists of a metal and plastics tube 180cm in length and 6cm in diameter, enclosing a necklace of 20 5Watt bulbs.

Walls have pockets
Habitat's new catalogue includes sections on carpeting, wall coverings and electrical equipment. The Wall Pocket is a hard plastics panel measuring 34in x 261/2in. It comes in red, white or black at the forbidding price of 14 9s (14 45p).

Time slides by
This ten year calendar was designed for Wallace Products by Z A Gatsey. Made of polystyrene in red, black, orange, and yellow, or in woodgrain and black it measures 4in x 151/2in x 3/4in and weighs 31/2oz. Available in English, French or German, the calendar costs approximately 17s 6d (871/2p) from the manufacturers, Wallace Products Company, 1 Barrett Street, Oxford Street, London W1.

Works on paper
The Inprint shows are arranged each year by the Textile Council in order to give British designers an opportunity to show off their work. Inprint 71, which took place in September, put some 2500 designs by 30 different designers on view. Although Inprint is concerned mainly with printed textiles, some of the designs would be more successful on paper Clowns, above, is by Sue Newton-Mason, some of whose work is to be produced in the New Year by Polypops Paper Products.
The geometrical work of Peter Pilgrim, right, is perhaps more suited to textile design. Pilgrim took his diploma at Loughborough College of Art, and has just completed three years at the Royal College of Art where he won the 1970 Silver Medal.

The air tent is full of noises
This year's festival of music and contemporary art at the Maeght Foundation, St Paul, south of France, took place inside an inflatable theatre. The structure seated 800, covered 538sq m and cost well under 6000. Its designer, Hans-Walter Muller tried to create a neutral space with no rigid separation between actors and audience, and used the skin of his inflatable as a massive projection screen.
The air tent was cut and stitched together like a suit from diamond shaped pieces of striped, clear and white vinyl chloride, and inflated in ten minutes by means of two blowers. Hexagonal on plan with a rectangular entrance point attached to one side, its floor was made up of 22 fixed or movable triangular sections, varying in height and each covering an area of 21sq m. Spectators used conventional lightweight stacking seats - instead of the air cushions originally proposed - and spotlighting was clipped onto seven 6m poles which also acted as emergency supports in case of envelope collapse. The skin itself was designed to resist 122kph winds.

Easy lay
A laser projector, for use by surveyors, has been developed by Elliott Automation Radar Systems. Called Laserline, the instrument throws a beam of red light which can be picked up by a simple reflector at a range of a quarter of a mile. The Laserline, which is battery powered and portable, acts as a reference line for laying pipes to gradients, laying roadways and runways, and putting up tall buildings. Its basic price is 500. Extras, such as tripod, tilting and panning head and battery would bring the price up to around 700.

L-shaped room

The new London showroom of J & G Meakin occupies an L-shaped area of 219sq ft on the second floor of 41 Wigmore Street. False walls and shelves displaying the Meakin range are glossy painted timber. The lowered timber ceiling and the wall-to-wall carpeting are in the same shade of dark brown. Glossy scarlet pods let into the wall at one side of the desk (which is also scarlet and white) contain all office equipment including a telephone answering machine and file racks. The interior was designed by the Wedgwood display department.

Great Scott
Scott Unit seating, designed for Hille by Frederick Scott, can be arranged to form continuous banks of seating. The units are upholstered over polyester foam on Pirelli webbing and measure 26in x 32in x 24in. Chromium plated armrests add 3in to the width of the unit. The price depends very largely on the upholstery used, but starts from approximately 40 for a single unit of seating.

Brief candlesticks
David Mellor has designed a new range of cast iron candleholders for his Sloane Square shop, David Mellor Ironmonger. The holders are finished in black and come in three sizes: small for 1in candles, 8s 6d (421/2p); medium for 11/2in candles, 10s 6d (521/2p); and large, for 2in candles, 12s 6d (621/2p). Postage and packing 5s (25p) extra.

Mosaically speaking
Hans Unger and Eberhard Schulze have made an immense contribution to London Transport poster design. Their latest Busabout poster makes witty use of one of their own mosaic wall panels. The bus is picked out in red against a background of pale brown. Available, price 15s (75p) from 280 Old Marylebone Road, NW1.

At your fingertips
Laurel and Hardy finger puppets are part of a range of Bendy Toys designed and made by Newfold Ltd, Ashford, Middlesex. Made of latex foam rubber, with a washable pink and black paint finish, they cost approximate 5s (25p) each.

Unlimited editions
An exhibition of multiples by Victor Hawkins was held recently at Chippenham House, NW6. Hawkins, who worked at one time as a printmaker to Gertrude Hermes, would like to see his work for sale in supermarkets, and is rightly cynical of the false value set on limited editions. Big Kiss, above, like most of his current work, is silk screened on hardboard. It measures 30in x 30in and costs 30gn (31 50p) per set. Hawkins multiples are available through SCOPE, 9 Great Russell Street, London WC1 (telephone 580 2141).

Underground Moves
Last month London Transport introduced 35 new six-carriage trains for the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines Made by Metropolitan-Cammell Ltd of Birmingham at a cost of 8 millions, the carriages are built to metric dimensions. Each has four sets of double doors on each side of the car, double glazed windows, and roof-mounted fans. There are 32 seats per carriage compared with 40 in existing stock, but the same "crushloading capacity" of about 200 people. Carriages have Dunlop Metalastik air rubber suspension and like all recent underground rolling stock have unpainted aluminium alloy bodies. The driver's cab on the new rolling stock is similar to that on Victoria Line trains.

Exciting analyser
The N900 non dispersive analyser is the sole X-ray spectrometer currently on the market capable of analysing one element at a time. Intended for use in analytical laboratories of all kinds the instrument acts by exciting the sample with a radio isotope source and measuring the X-rays that are given off. The N900 was designed and made by ARL Great Britain. Consultant designer for the instrument housing was John Brown of Allied International Designers. It costs 4000.

War pieces
An exhibition of five artist craftsmen is being held at the Mannheim Gallery, 303 Kings Road, London SW3 (telephone 352 5402) until 5 November. Among the exhibits are five striking pieces of pottery by Valerie Charlton. The General, below 67 10s (67 50p) each is a witty comment on the futility of aggression and Broken Heart II (75) a poignant record of its results. The exhibition also features work by David Gluck (prints) Madeleine Henderson (line drawings) Herman Makkink (assemblages) and Kurt Kocherscheidt (box pictures).

 

 

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