Design: Items and Icons classics
Saturday 06 December 1997
20th Century Design, Carlton Books, pounds 25. The Design Museum is at Shad Thames, London SE1 (0171-403 6933 for times)
Helmut Newton annoyed the students at the Glasgow School of Art when he showed them his photographic campaign for Wolford tights (right). Then he explained that he often walked about at home in high heeled shoes because "they're brilliant for your calves" and they laughed. He didn't mention the tights
The Anglepoise lamp (top right) was designed by George Cawardine in 1932 for the Herbert Terry company Sniffin' Glue was one of the first fanzines, and the best known, to emerge in the 1970s and challenged the idea that design was the sole property of qualified designers. Every schoolboy's dream Christmas present, the Swiss army knife was designed by Carl and Victoria Eisener in 1891. The Sony Walkman was conceived by Sony chairman Akio Morita while playing tennis. First on sale in 1978, it has since sold in the region of 50 million and seen many imitators join the market
Jasper Morrison is the first product designer to have been invited to give a STARchitect lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Jacques Chirac sat on his sofa for the Summit recently. His wine racks (above left) for Magis in Italy are the ultimate designer accessory. When Italian furniture maestro Vico Magistretti was asked for the best designed British product, he chose the London Underground map (above right). It conveys information succinctly to foreigners to make policemen redundant. It was designed in 1916 by Edward Johnston
The designer of this archipelago of a vase (above) is Finnish and so famous that his head is on the bank note. Alvar Aalto's vase is still made by Ittala. Next year is the centenary of his birth, so this will be the souvenir of the century.
A mean machine, the Ducati M900 (left) was designed in 1993 by Fabio Taglioni to highlight the powerful engine that really stands out against the bike's minimal bodywork
Unchanged since 1922 when Gustraf Dalen designed it, the Aga (below) is so famous that it even has its own cookbook. Baked potatoes, casseroles and meringues go particularly well in it. Stir fries, sushi and fast food don't
Alessi turned world famous architects and designers into household names. But not everything that they design is brilliant. The style of their toaster (left) is great but the content burns. Admire it but don't use it, unless you want your breakfast toast bruschettaed
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