Title: Products, interiors, events, ideas
Pages: 56 - 61
Text: Products, interiors, events, ideas
Paper tigers? Better boxes?
Cliff Richards is a young designer whose colourful constructions in card are in demand this Christmas. His latest creations are five witty slot-together caricatures of politicians. As well as George and President de Gaulle, right, there are Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, and President Johnson. Each one comes in a plastic bag packed with assembly instructions, and costs 5s 11d. The Slottizoo panda, owl, cat, and dragon, below, also come in 5s 11d packs. Manufactured by Michael Stanfield Products, the politicians are exclusive to Austin Reed, the animals are available from Habitat and gift counters. A selection of Mr Richards's gift boxes, bottom, range from Hated your present, loved the box, to Pow!
Fibreboard in the
A range of cheap corrugated fibreboard furniture is now being marketed by Polycell. Based on the infant school furniture developed by the Reed Paper Group, this furniture has a plastic spray finish in blue or red which can be sponged and is scuff resistant. As well as the table and chairs, left, there is a desk and a toy chest. Each item is sold packed flat in a 3 ft x 2 ft 3 inch carry-home bag, with instructions for simple assembly. The furniture, called Child's Play, is designed for two- to four-year-olds, and the manufacturers give it a life expectancy of one year or more (with reasonable care), as heavy gauge corrugated fibreboard is stronger and more rigid than ordinary cardboard. At the recommended retail prices of 12s 6d for a chair, 19s 6d for the desk, £1 for the table, and £11s 6d for the toy chest, this seems good value.
Militant mugs and cheerful carriers
These cheerful pottery tankards, below left, are decorated with a series of soldier designs based on early 19thcentury prints. They were designed by John Cuflfley for Portmeirion Potteries and come in black and white or red, white and blue. In three sizes, they cost (from the left) 11s 9d for the half pint imperial tankard, 8s 11d for the half pint cylinder tankard, and 11s 9d for the one pint cylinder tankard - slightly more in the red, white and blue version.
The carrier bags, below right, were designed by Jan Pienkowski and are made by Coloroll. They are made of heavyweight kraft paper and have plastic handles.The Spanish Cordoba flower and bird design comes in eight colourways, measures 1ft 2 inches square, and costs 2s 6d. Jan Pienkowski, who is the founder and director of Gallery Five, is also a book designer and illustrator. Included in this year's wide range of designs by him are greetings cards, jigsaw puzzles and wrapping paper.
This simple tent, right, can be quickly put up by only one man. It can sit on any surface without ropes, pegs or poles and, when dismantled, can be stored in a small van. Designed on the geodetic principle, it comes in various sizes. The smallest, 41 ft in diameter, contains 1,300 sq ft floor space and costs from £30 to hire for one day, £60 for a week, or about £700 to buy. The framework is of light steel and weighs 4 cwt; the terylene canvas weighs 1 cwt and is white with blue triangular perimeter panels (removed in this photograph) which are Velcro fixed. David Stabb markets the marquees through his firm, Puff, 56 Westbourne Terrace, London W2.
Letraset design award
The Letraset Graphic Student Award 1967 was won by Brian James from Birmingham College of Art and Design. One hundred and twenty-one students from 27 art colleges took part in the competition, which was a practical exercise involving an advertising campaign to sell British goods in America. The judging panel consisted of Letraset chairman John Davies, Dennis Bailey, Stanhope Shelton, Ralph Semmence, Romek Marber, and David Collins. The winning design, left, stood out among a plethora of Union Jacks, and Brian James receives £350 plus a certificate from Letraset. Second prize went to Derrick Armstrong and Vivienne Scorey of Medway College of Art, third prize to Fiona McGregor and Caroline Rainbird of Hornsey College of Art; there were also three runners-up. All the entries were shown in an exhibition opened by the outgoing Lord Mayor of London, Sir Robert Bellinger, at the Ceylon Tea Centre.
Because of the success of this first graphics competition for students, Letraset has decided to make it an annual event.
After sales advertising
The way "carry-home" packaging can continue to advertise a product after sale is illustrated by these packages, which contain easy-to assemble furniture. The English one below, designed by Paul Clark, is for a child's fibreboard table in the Those Things range by Perspective Designs. The French one, right, is for an easy chair ("young line, club comfort, easy to assemble - and what value!") from the Club 2000 range by B. E. I. Steiner.
Dining and bedroom furniture
The Magnum 500 range, designed by Michael Hall, is the First furniture to be produced by Raven Furniture Ltd under its new name. In the dining range, the system-built sideboard, above, on a pine or beech chassis, is made up of three separate tiers of three cabinets. The interiors are pine (or teak) veneer, the exteriors white matt polyurethane. The Formica-topped refectory-type table, below, 5ft 6 inches x 7ft10inches, is on a pine underframe. The chairs are of solid pine (or teak with afrormosia) with a clear polyurethane finish and formed plywood shell seat with loose cushion.
The bedroom furniture, also in pine (or teak) and white matt polyurethane includes 4 ft and 3 ft wardrobes of knockdown construction, fitted with castors and magnetic door catches, and 3-drawer pedestal cabinets, which can be made up into a dressing table by adding a solid pine chassis and a 3-section surface, the centre section of which lifts up to reveal a mirror and cosmetic tray. Pricesrangefrom£109forthediningroom group, from £132 for the bedroom group.
Better value garden tools
Wilkinson Sword Ltd have redesigned many of their lower-priced garden tools. Perhaps the most successful is their Compact pruner, below right, which costs only 15s 6d. Based on an earlier design, it is a lightweight pruner, with precision-ground rustresistant cutting blades forged from fine steel, round pointed blades to protect the pocket, and a "flick" thumb catch. The three other pruners have the added advantage of replaceable steel blades and have non-slip nylon-coated handles. There is a centre bearing which keeps the blades pressed together at a constant pressure and they need no lubrication. The Scimitar costs £2, Sword pruner, £2 7s 6d, and Super Knifecut, £21 5s. The tubular steel shafts of the two spades and the fork, left, make them strong yet light. Working heads are of chiseledged, hardened, spring-tempered steel, and the handles are nylon coated. The Border spade costs £41 5s, the Digging spade and fork, £4 19s each.
New bathroom range
Two and a half years after winning a Design Centre Award for their Meridian One range, Adamsez have brought out Meridian Two. This range, consisting of a basin, bidet and closet in white vitreous china, is designed in metric to a 10 cm module. All plumbing connections can be concealed - providing a service duct is available - and the closet has a patent rimless flush. The manufacturers consider this range to be the most hygienic and easily cleaned available today. The designers, Knud Holscherand Alan Tye, also designed Meridian One. It was launched at the Design Centre last month and is on display all through December.
Low-cost microfilm viewer
Caps Equipment Ltd have brought out a microfilm viewer, called Project 1, which is specifically designed to enable engineering companies to consider multiple viewer facilities at an economic cost- in fact at less than half the cost of the nearest equivalent on the market. It is a projection device which enlarges the microfilm image to sufficient size and brilliance for readability, on to a tinted screen. Working from aperture card or roll film, it may be used as an inspection tool to check film quality or give engineering file service. It also provides an essential link in a comprehensive microfilm communications system. The body is of fibreglass with a 15 1/2 x 21 3/4 inch tinted screen. There is a 12 to 1 fixed magnification ratio. The viewer Is one of a range of nine projects backed by the NRDC; it costs £75.
Before and after laminator
The Maxibond laminating machine, manufactured and marketed by Morane Plastics Co Ltd. was extensively redesigned recently by Douglas Scott Associates in conjunction with the firm's development engineers. Before and after pictures show the changes in the machine's design. Outer fibreglass covers make extraction of vapours more efficient and reduce noise; the panels are easily removable. Wide, swing opening perspex windows give uninterrupted visibility from front and sides during lamination and allow easy access for fixing new rolls of film laminate; they also protect the operator from fumes, and the fumes from causing a fire. Controls are in a separate box which can be mounted away from the machine for safety. Motor pump and variable speed drive unit are in line at the front, allowing for direct instead of chain drive. The increased size of the pedestal front to-back improves stability; bolt holes have been added for floor fixing.