Title: Products, interior, events, ideas
Pages: 62 - 67
Text: Products, interiors, events, ideas
A new all-British manual typewriter has been launched by Imperial Typewriter Co. Called Imperial 80, it was designed by Kenneth Grange and made at Imperial's Leicester factory. The machine is quiet, light, and easy to use, with a five-position touch control. Only four screws need removing for it to be dismantled into four main parts for easy servicing. The machine is grey, and is also available in green or blue to order. There are five sizes of carriage length and a wide range of typefaces. It costs from £85 for a 13-inch carriage machine and you can have an optional carbon ribbon equipment for £10 5s extra.
A better cut
The UA scissors, designed by Andrew Usborne and Richard Angier and made by Butler UA Ltd (a subsidiary of George Butler of Sheffield), represent a new concept in scissor design. Made of stainless steel, the blades are flat and straight instead of twisted, and can be easily and efficiently ground on modern surface grinders. The shoulders which keep the blades pressed together have been repositioned and shaped to reduce pressure so that there is less wear. The new position also allows the hardening to be carried further down the blade, thus prolonging the scissors' life and permitting an enlarged and strengthened screw pivot to be used. The scissors can be held equally well in right or left hand. In the past, good-quality scissor-making has largely been a hand manufacturing process needing skilled craftsmen. These new scissors are ground on continuous machines, hardened, screwed up, and sharpened, mainly by semi-skilled workers. Although made of stainless steel, increased production efficiency means they are competitive in price with quality scissors made of carbon steel. Sizes vary from a 4-inch model at 13s 9d to an 82inch one at 25s 6d.
Guaranteed till the year 2000
These German pens are made of unbreakable Makrolon with satirised stainless steel clips and heads. They were designed by Gerd Muller for C. Josef Lamy GmbH, and come elegantly packed. The Lamy 2000 fountain pen has an 18-carat gold and platinum nib, with a hand-finished platinum tip (available in 13 sizes) which is guaranteed till 2000 AD. The ballpoint pen has a three-year guarantee, and one refill lasts a year.
Forerunners of a co-operative Image
The Co-operative Wholesale Society have brought out a new range of pottery and cutlery. They are the first of a comprehensive range of household goods designed to establish the CWS as a manufacturer whose products sell not only to Co-op stores but competitively to all domestic and export markets. This in itself is only part of a complete transformation of the whole Society under its chief executive Philip Thomas, affecting the food trade, the design and sale of products, and the house style.
The Agincourt pottery was designed by Ingleheart Metcalf Design Consultants and made at the CWS Crown Clarence Works. The range is in green or brown and includes a coffee set, plates, storage jars, tankards, etc. Other items will follow. CWS hopes shortly to add other colours and white glazes with patterns. A 1 7-piece coffee set costs £51 7s 6d. The Sapphire Nova cutlery was designed by Keith Tyssen for the middle to lower price market. Made of stainless steel, there are eight pieces, which will be added to later. Prices range from 21s 6d for six teaspoons to £11 12s 6d for a 38 - piece canteen.
Award-winners from Austria
This packaging and cutlery won awards presented by the Austrian Ministry of Trade at last year's Austrian Design Contre exhibition in Vienna. The plastic packaging (one of two federal awards) was designed by Max Schmid for ALPLA-Werke, Alwin Lehner OHG. The silver-plated cutlery, called 8000 Alpacca (one of three prizes of honour), was designed by Marianne Denzel for Vereinigte Metallwerke Ranshofen-Berndorf AG.
Paper for parents and children
Paper has become an accepted part of the furniture scene but this cardboard range by German designer Peter Raacke reaches an interesting degree of sophistication. The adult furniture,bottom, and centre left, is based on a hexagonal structure and includes chairs, tables, stools and shelf units; the easy chairs, centre, are designed to stack. Raacke has also designed sofas and cupboards. The children's furniture consists of various shaped boxes which make up into tables and chairs or anything else you want, such as the train, left. Papp furniture is made by Faltmobel Ellen Raacke; production methods are on a high level of automation. The cardboard is punched out by rolling cylinders, and the furniture is packed flat with instructions for the customer's assembly. It comes in various colours or in natural cardboard.
OK for storage space
A simple storage system based on single plastic drawer units is being made by Kerridge Joinery Ltd. Called the OK-Drawer system, it consists of drawers and outer sleeves of high impact polystyrene, which are fitted together by plastic connecting plugs vertically and by invisible clips horizontally. In this way any number can be used to make up chests of drawers, display and storage units, and (with the addition of a top) even desks. Each drawer is just over 4 ins high. The sleeve is made in grey polystyrene. The drawers come in white, black, grey, maroon or clear polystyrene. Six-inch high plinths and base feet are also available. Single units can be fitted under work tops, and shelves can be suspended between banks of drawers. The units are light in weight and easily cleaned with a damp cloth. An outer sleeve complete with plugs and base feet costs 26s, a clear polystyrene drawer costs 17s 9d and a coloured one 20s 9d.
Lamp on a string
The Spider lamp, designed by Joe Colombo and made by O-Luce, Milan, won a 1967 Compasso d'Oro. It incorporates a special Cornalux bulb which does not need a shade, but is protected by the reflector. The lamp can be used on standard, table, wall or ceiling supports. A plastic joint enables it to rotate and adjust in height. The base and reflector are lacquered in one of six colours, other metal parts are made of polished chrome.
Lamp on a stand
This range of globe lamps is made up from the same basic components. Designed by Andre Ricard, it is manufactured in Spain by Metalarte. The shade is two identical hemispheres of translucent plastic, one of which has an inner aluminium dome which holds the lamp socket and acts as a reflector; at the same time the lining means that it gives a paler light than the other half. The hemispheres are held together by two plastic triggers, leaving a slight gap for ventilation. The stands are two chromium-plated or stove enamelled steel tubes held together by plastic link-blocks. The sphere is fastened to the frame at two points on its diameter and can revolve to give different amounts of light; the electric flex enters the dome at one of these points. The range, which includes table lamps, standard lamps and wall fittings, was among the special mentions in the ADI/FAD Delta Awards for the best Spanish designs of last year. It is not at present available in this country.
Andre Ricard is one of Spain's foremost designers. He is an officer of the Centro de Diseno Industriel and DESIGN's Spanish correspondent.