Friday, 28 August 2009

Abisko Washbasin

Abisko is the result of a collaboration between Eumar Santhenica and Swedish Designer Johan Kaupii together with architect Lars Sundstrom, representing design firm We Think AB, from Gotheburg, Sweden.

The Impossible Mission

Since the production closure of analogue Instant Film in June 2008 with factories falling silent in Mexico and the Netherlands, there has been an outcry from Polaroid enthusiasts around the world. The introduction of digital photography spelt the end for instant photography that became iconic in the 1960s and 70s.

But a small group of diehard enthusiasts have formed a company intent on reviving this photographic format. However, they face an uphill struggle as the components needed to build the cartridges were all made internally at Polaroid which have now ceased production as well. The Impossible Mission led by Austrian entrepreneur Florian Kaps has taken over the factory in the Dutch town of Enschede.

"There are 300 to 500 million working Polaroid cameras out there, it's huge, and 24 million films have been sold last year. Our aim is to sell one million next year. I don't have any fear that we can sell it."

Let's hope they succeed.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Russian Dolls en Vogue

In celebration of ten years of Vogue Russia, it's Editor-in-Chief, Aliona Doletskaya has commissioned 31 of the world's prominent fashion designers to each create a Russian Matryoshka in their own unique style. A wooden doll like the one designed by Moschino will set you back a cool €5,000.00.

Don't throw away the Barbie Doll just yet.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Steve Jobs speaks out

As the founder and saviour of Apple, Steve Jobs is seen as a messiah in the technology industry. So his interview with Fortune 500 comes as a fascinating insight into how he has masterminded one of the world's most innovative companies. Here are some snippets.

Steve on consensus:
"So you can't go out and ask people, you know, what's the next big thing. There's a great quote by Henry Ford, right? He said, "If I'd have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me 'A faster horse.'""

Steve on trends:
"It's not about pop culture, and it's not about fooling people, and it's not about convincing people that they want something they don't. We figure out what we want. And I think we're pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That's what we get paid to do."

Steve on consultants:
"We do no market research. We don't hire consultants. The only consultants I've ever hired in my 10 years is one firm to analyze Gateway's retail strategy so I would not make some of the same mistakes they made [when launching Apple's retail stores]. But we never hire consultants, per se. We just want to make great products."

Steve on integration:
"There's no other company that could make a MacBook Air and the reason is that not only do we control the hardware, but we control the operating system. And it is the intimate interaction between the operating system and the hardware that allows us to do that. There is no intimate interaction between Windows and a Dell notebook."

Steve on decisions:
"I'm actually as proud of many of the things we haven't done as the things we have done."

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