25 items, the design of which changed our lives

On our website already published an article in which I shared the most interesting design solutions of his time and reasoned on the subject of what is not, namely, the courage of designers who are afraid to experiment. Today let’s talk about the things that have passed through decades and still relevant from the point of view of their appearance and inherent in it.

Parks in the city should be so!

Some projects are good technically, some are simply beautiful, but there are those who were able to combine “business with pleasure”. At the same time, they have for many years made our life beautiful and comfortable.

The design of some products, which will be discussed below, dates from the late nineteenth century, others appeared a few years ago. But even they can have a huge impact on the lives of ordinary people around the world. They demonstrate creativity and a special eye for beauty and functionality. Their authors were designers such as jony Ive, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi and James Dyson.

Most importantly, they show how one idea can permanently change our way of life in the world. Masterpieces don’t appear every day, but after meeting with them, it is hard to return to a past life. We’ll talk more about them.

The contents

The most universal items

A universal assistant for every day for many people is the smartphone. And what smartphone we present the first, when we say that word? Of course the iPhone. He was the first, he’s still in the top, and many imitate him. Sometimes in vain, but that’s a topic for another conversation.

The first generation iPhone

Released in 2007, the iPhonenot only changed the mobile phone industry, but also changed the way photos, driving cars and chatting in General. Innovative design put a computer in everyone’s pocket and created a class of specialists — application developers. iPhone getting better with each new iteration, adding functions, there is a face detection, earned the augmented reality and HDR camera. The design of the iPhone has long been a symbol of the smartphone itself. Remember the symbolic image of the smartphone. This is the same rectangle with a round button. Thanks for that johnny Quince, who led the team of Apple designers since 1996.

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Another example of, then life will not be the same, can be considered the Swiss officer’s and sports knife Karl Elsner, better known as Swiss army knife Victorinox. It was presented in 1897.

Famous folding knife Victorinox for all occasions

Multi-tool has become popular in the United States after world war II, when soldiers brought them home from Europe, and in 1968 the popular red object was added to the collection of the Museum of modern art in new York. NASA bought 50 knives in 1978, since then they have become one of the foundations of space missions. Today’s designers bring to the functionality of new technologies, such as: led lights, altimeters and timers. Only two things remain constant — the basics of design and usability.

Famous font is Helvatica, without which now anywhere

If you don’t have a favorite knife or smartphone, maybe you have a favorite font. Maybe it’s Helvetica? This font is so famous that it even made a documentary. It was first developed in 1957 by Swiss designers max Malingerer and Eduard Hoffman, and then renamed to Helvetica By The Haas Type Foundry. Clean and versatile font is used everywhere from the logos of American Airlines and Nestle to metro new York. Here is a simple but important font.

The most beautiful architecture

Railway track on Manhattan’s West side was not the most important object in town. They can easily be demolished to build something new, but the question was creative and offered a new vision that many had in mind.

High Line in new York is a unique solution of its kind

Community group “Friends of the High Line” turned the railroad into a magnificent public space. We created a green road of 1.45 miles. The first part was opened in 2006. On the High Line presented more than 500 species of plants and trees, as well as space for public art and performances. “The high Line” inspired by a similar renewal projects in other cities not only in USA but around the world.

Another example of the great ascetic architecture is also in new York. The Empire state building was the first skyscraper, but it can be argued that he had the greatest influence on the direction of architecture. The 102-story building designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, was opened in 1931. Interestingly, it was built in just one year and 45 days, partly due to the process of collective design, which was attended by architects, owners, engineers and builders. The Empire state building held the title of tallest building in the world for 40 years, until the completion of the world trade center (also in NYC). The skyscraper became the symbol of the city and the United States, and its effective process of joint design continues to influence the construction of such buildings.

The Empire state building the most famous skyscraper in the U.S.

If skyscrapers are nothing new, the paper Church while you still can. Paper Church, architect Shigeru Ban was a shining example of environmentally friendly design and innovative approach to the provision of disaster relief. The Church was built over five weeks in 1995, 160 volunteers to replace the Church destroyed in the earthquake in Kobe. Made from 58 paper tubes and corrugated polycarbonate fabric, Paper Church has an elliptical construction that resembles the work of Italian architect Bernini. The Church was demolished in 2005 and donated to the city.

Paper or Church paper Church

Copenhagen Copenhill offers a new vision of the future industrial buildings. Developed by Bjarke Ingels Group plant waste turned into public attraction to the ski slope, Hiking trails, a climbing wall, a restaurant and bar, après-ski. This is a bold step towards achieving the goal of Copenhagen is to become, by 2025, the world’s first city with neutral carbon emissions. The plant annually processes 400,000 tonnes of waste and can provide electricity to 550,000 people and also give heating to 140 000 households. The building is not only environmentally friendly but also friendly to the locals. They are only fun in the fresh air, but also cleaner energy.

The most beautiful and comfortable chairs

Also, a lot of where you can find the famous Thonet chair found in coffee shops around the world. It represents innovation in the manufacture of furniture. Michael Thonet developed a process of bending and laminating layers of veneer, which allowed him to make furniture of bent wood is simple and inexpensive. His chair No. 14 is presented in 1859, consisted of six wooden components (plus ten screws and two nuts). It was one of the first pieces of furniture in flat pack form, which the buyer could assemble yourself at home. Thonet had a great influence on the mass production of furniture and presented the iconic design that never out of fashion.

One of the first chairs sold in a flat pack.

There are several examples of such furniture, for example, the famous armchair from IKEA, the so called Poäng. The chair, designed in 1976 by Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura, has a frame made of bent wood console seat. The chair has received a small upgrade in 1992 when some steel parts were replaced with wood, and width of the structure was reduced. This allowed us to pack the chair more compact and make it more accessible. Annually in the world sells about a half million chairs of this design. In 2016, the design of the chair celebrated its 40th anniversary, and during that time they had sold 30 million units.

One of the most popular chairs in IKEA — Poäng

Another iconic chair is an office chair Aeron. Developed by bill Stamptm and Don Chadwick for Herman Miller, this ubiquitous office chair was presented to the public in 1994 and quickly became a staple of businessespecially startups in Silicon valley during the famous dotcom bubble. The ergonomic seat and backrest made of mesh material replaced conventional soft foam cushions office chairs and gave the design his recognizable appearance. The design of the Aeron chair were little changed in 2016. This was done to simplify production and improve environmental performance of the product.

The legendary office chair Aeron

The most reliable technique

Certainly, many remember the famous predecessor Instagram, if you can call Polaroid. He gave people the ability to instantly take a photo and not expect a few days of developing and printing. Polaroid founder Edwin H. Land introduced the Polaroid Land camera in 1948 and it quickly became popular among consumers. Well-known masters of the art world such as Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams and Robert Mapplethorpe also took the camera, exploring the possibilities of instant printing. When the company announced that it would stop production of tapes for the camera in 2008, a group known as the “Polaroid Originals”, intervened to support the product. So strong was the love for this camera.

The camera, which in your time dreaming each — Polaroid

Not as history, but great popularity has reader the Amazon Kindle, introduced in 2007. It allowed consumers to carry a whole library on a device that is smaller than the smallest book. The first batch was sold out in five and a half hours. Kindle increased sales of e-books and has created a new market for semosavali books, allowing authors to circumvent traditional publishing industry and the high cost semosavali analog books.

Amazon Kindle, which became one of the most popular readers in history

A similar effect on people around the world have had the FitBit bracelets. Pedometers have been popular in Japan in the 1960-ies, but the craze never came to America. In 2007 it happened. James Park and Eric Friedman launched the craze tracker using the Fitbit solutions. The wearable device made the people move in the hope to reach 10,000 steps (which is so much considered the norm for daily activity). The company sold 96 million units and has over 27 million active users worldwide. The Fitbit has evolved and, over time, to provide other features such as tracking heart rate, sleep and women’s health.

FitBit was the one who stood in the forefront of the production of wearable electronics.

Many have heard about Nest thermostats. Not all use them, but overestimate their influence on the development of such systems is impossible. They were among the first to whet the interest of consumers to the idea of the smart home and Internet of things. Thermostat, launched in 2011, takes into account the temperature preference of the user can be configured to save power and can be controlled via WiFi. Founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers — came from Apple eventually added a line of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, security cameras, door bells and locks. As is often the case, Nest was acquired by Google. It happened in 2014, and the system now known as Google Nest.

This device design is not ashamed to set in any home

In the same year that Nest, the world saw the iPhone 4 and Siri installed in it. You can just call her name and ask to do something. For example, to dial, to look for something on the Internet, play music, put a reminder and much more. That’s just running it’s not always good. But this does not negate the fact that Apple has made for her very beautiful houses in a MacBook Pro, HomePod Apple Watch, and more. Artificial intelligence nowadays has become a real trend, and Siri was one of the pioneers in this direction. Write in our Telegram chat, what do you think about the development of AI in our days.

iPhone 4 — at one time it was insanely cool!

There is no doubt that the best vacuum cleaners are models from Dyson. An improvement is always there, but it is their choose millions of users around the world, despite their cost. James Dyson has transformed the home appliance into a design object, presenting its a cyclone vacuum cleaner. The inventor has spent years developing a Bagless vacuum that doesn’t lose suction power and not be hammered. He has also ensured that the appearance of the product was just as impressive as the technology that he used. The focus on these two components, allowed his vacuums to occupy an important market share. In addition, the company produces the famous hand dryer and Airblade fan without blades Air Multiplier. Vacuum cleaner Dyson included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of art, MOMA, Smithsonian design Museum and the design Museum in London.

The unusual design has always attracted a buyer, but this is different…

Won’t lose against this background, and the famous Toyota. The idea of hybrid vehicles has arisen since the end of the 19th century, but Toyota finally brought the idea from prototype to production, releasing in 1997 his famous Prius. The hybrid appeared in the us market in 2000. Among the first users of the car were Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz. The Prius can boast impressive fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. The success of the Prius helped pave the way for other hybrid and electric vehicles and helped to make our world cleaner. Despite the design, which may seem boring, it is still recognizable, that can’t but cause respect.

Several generations of the famous Prius. Made fun of him, but respected.

Best office accessories

Without a doubt, the most famous office accessory of our time is the iconic Bic pen. The story began in 1938, when Lazlo Biro invented a ballpoint pen that frees writers from trouble with fountain pens. But it was Marcel beach brought a pen and the masses with a Bic Cristal. Beach together with his partner Eduard Baffroom bought the company of writing instruments in 1944, then bought the patent Biro and decided to improve the design. In 1950 was presented to the Bic Cristal transparent hexagonal case, which offered consumers an inexpensive disposable pen. As of 2005, has sold more than 100 billion Bic Cristals crystals, and the design is in the permanent collection of MoMA and the National Museum of Paris D’art Moderne.

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Plastic water bottles are very convenient, but they are also a real disaster for the environment. In 2010, entrepreneur Sarah Kauss took up this problem by creating attractive water bottle of repeated use. Her decision, S’well bottle, combines a fashionable design with practical features, such as three-layer insulation and materials that do not contain bisphenol A. Bottle became a frequent guest everywhere, from gymnasiums to office rooms. The company aims to reduce the amount of disposable plastic water bottles 100 million by 2020. Good goal!

A variety of volumes and colors of bottle S’well

Probably the last for today but not least will be the famous post-it notes. The design of any invention should not be complicated to be innovative. An excellent example will be the Post-it Notes. Bright colored sticky paper for notes was the brainchild of Art fry, a 3M employee. The invention of these papers was made possible through the use of uncured glue. The inventor of the Spencer silver, a researcher of the company. First, the glue was not applied, but the fry have caused the glue on the paper and came to light Post-it Notes, presented in 1980. Fry has created a product that is easy to use, easily recognizable and highly functional — all distinctive features of good design.

The same paper used by all

What should be the design?

Design is something that you can’t drive in the frame — it is the fruit of creativity. At different times, different relevant technical means, but there are those that will always be relevant. In this article examples are proof. Agree that the pen, which exists almost years, or a knife that exists even longer, very eloquently about this.

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