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Doc HM
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Jan 23, 2010, 06:14 AM
 
I'm interested in seeing the design sensibilities of the people here, so what objects do you consider to be truely ones of desire, or at least outstanding pieces of industrial design. I guess people are perfectly capable of loving designs that appear to be in no way great, but that's interesting too. Does something need to be mould breaking to be great design or can it be just a sublte improvement on an existing design. And are people drawn to certain types of objects (I guess cars and phones). Anyway here are three things that I love:

Ericsson T28 phone


Series 1 Citroen CX


PowerBook G3
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Jan 23, 2010, 09:14 AM
 
Wow.

In all three cases, not top choice.

The t28 is, IMHO, ugly, bulky-looking and overdone, and the flip cover is just asking to break off.

The CX is a nice car, but doesn't hold a candle to the DS.

In general, I've found myself graduating towards a minimal design aesthetic.
     
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Jan 23, 2010, 09:42 AM
 
I agree with Harlot. The t28 is a pain in the butt, in my opinion. The antenna gets stuck in the crevices of your pants, the flip cover is flimsy and the entire phone is full of design details that serve no clear purpose.

Good design is all about reduction, not addition.
     
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Jan 23, 2010, 11:27 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Wow.

In all three cases, not top choice.

The t28 is, IMHO, ugly, bulky-looking and overdone, and the flip cover is just asking to break off.

The CX is a nice car, but doesn't hold a candle to the DS.

In general, I've found myself graduating towards a minimal design aesthetic.
and the t28 was also a rubbish phone. I could never hear what the caller was saying. But I still love the design.

Yes, the DS is the usual choice of iconic Citroen but I've always preferred the CX. Actually on further thought I'm going for the GS,



It embodied all the technological prowess of the DS and CX but made it available to the average person, which was unheard of before or since really.
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Jan 23, 2010, 02:14 PM
 
A thread about objects of desire, and we are discussing Ericsson phones and Citroen cars ? WTF ?

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Jan 23, 2010, 02:24 PM
 
Here’s some kitchenware to accompany your choices thus far.

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A thread about objects of desire, and we are discussing [...] Citroen cars ? WTF ?
I don't know which world you live in, but if the Goddess



is not an object of desire there, I'm glad I live somewhere else.
     
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Jan 23, 2010, 03:38 PM
 
For me:
Boeing 787

Alfa 8C

HTC Droid Eris
     
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Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
and the t28 was also a rubbish phone. I could never hear what the caller was saying. But I still love the design.

Yes, the DS is the usual choice of iconic Citroen but I've always preferred the CX. Actually on further thought I'm going for the GS,



It embodied all the technological prowess of the DS and CX but made it available to the average person, which was unheard of before or since really.
That may well be, but as with the T28: Have you no taste?
     
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Jan 23, 2010, 04:21 PM
 
Also, this is an excellent film on the subject:

iTunes Store - Gary Hustwit - Objectified
     
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Jan 23, 2010, 04:58 PM
 
This is probably the most beautiful machine ever made. If you take the shape, the noise, the effect of seeing it in motion, how it performed and the historical significance and achievement, it must be just about perfect.

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This is probably the most beautiful machine ever made. If you take the shape, the noise, the effect of seeing it in motion, how it performed and the historical significance and achievement, it must be just about perfect.

This I can agree with.

(You've seen the James May Toy Stories episode where he builds a 1:1 scale Airfix model of a Spitfire, I trust?)
     
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Jan 23, 2010, 06:21 PM
 
I'll take an iPhone is someone is passing them out.
     
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Jan 23, 2010, 07:53 PM
 
Wabbit ?

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Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Wabbit ?

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Dude. First the Citroen and now this?
     
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Jan 23, 2010, 09:22 PM
 
C'mon, you know for a corkscrew that's a beautiful thing.

Besides, this is the most fun I've had in a MacNN thread in a while. Don't ruin it.
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Object of my desire.
     
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Jan 24, 2010, 04:51 AM
 
Thing is there are too many worth a mention, from home appliances, kitchenware as posted by moep to cars or even sneakers… so just adding a few most people'll be aware of while trying to avoid a bunch of Apple products…







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Best ever. The G5/Intel iMac design is overplayed. Time for a redesign, if you ask me...
     
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166MM Barchetta
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I'm not allowed to post a picture of my genitals here, but that would be my submission.
     
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Like molasses on a cold day.
Been inclined to wander... off the beaten track.
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I'm not allowed to post a picture of my genitals here, but that would be my submission.
You don't have the balls to do that.

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Jan 25, 2010, 12:19 PM
 




the most beautiful ferrari since F355.
     
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Jan 25, 2010, 12:24 PM
 
I love Ferraris, but can't afford this one:
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Mostly a lovely car, but the headlights look clone-stamped.
     
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the most beautiful ferrari since F355.
What you talkin' about man? It's bleedin' horrendous - looks like it was designed by Nissan. The 430 was much sweeter.
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What you talkin' about man? It's bleedin' horrendous - looks like it was designed by Nissan. The 430 was much sweeter.
i actually think that the 430 looked awful until the front air dams got the angular update.

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Jan 25, 2010, 05:49 PM
 
Cars cars cars. Any one fantasising about tooth brushes?
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Jan 25, 2010, 05:52 PM
 
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Cars cars cars. Any one fantasising about tooth brushes?
Only if it comes wrapped in a car

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Cars cars cars. Any one fantasising about tooth brushes?
Only women of questionably morality.
     
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Only women of questionably morality.
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