Thursday, 16 November 2017 16:32

The KX100 phone box: A fond, foolish farewell

It may not have the sex appeal of its predecessors, but we should pause a while before the KX100 kiosk leaves our lives for good

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Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

The British plug

It may not match today’s svelte digital parts, but our sensible approach to wiring is something to be proud of, says John Jervis

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

The Volkswagen camper van

The VW has driven down some unlikely avenues of post-war history, serving both the German railways and the hippie movement before well-heeled surfers grabbed the wheel

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Friday, 20 February 2015 13:05

Photoshop turns 25

In the decades since it was first released, Thomas Knoll's digital darkroom has become a brand, a verb and a defining symbol of our image-led culture, says Sam Jacob

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Sunday, 30 November 2014 01:00

The red carpet

It has long been a byword for a lavish welcome but from ancient Greece to modern Hollywood the red carpet has also had a habit of tripping up our heroes

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:52

Hoover Building

A factory designed to produce vacuum cleaners challenged the nation's preconceptions about industrial architecture and, in 1980, was the inspiration behind an Elvis Costello song

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:53

Computer mouse

Created 50 years ago at Stanford, this point-and-click device named after the common rodent was a visionary invention, developed long before the internet even existed

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Thursday, 05 September 2013 14:15

The bra

Since the modern brassière freed women and their internal organs from the tyranny of the corset, it has taken many shapes and forms and keeps evolving, but it has rarely been burnt. 

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Monday, 29 July 2013 15:50

The green screen

Cinema has come a long way since an actor first sat in front of a coloured screen and pretended to fly a magic carpet. But today’s hyper-real digital worlds still start with a lurid green wall.

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Monday, 10 June 2013 18:45

Powers of Ten

Charles and Ray Eames’ 1977 attempt to capture the scale of the universe on film is both a fascinating Cold War relic and a giant leap towards the contemporary fascination with aerial imagery.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:58

Red carpet

It has long been a byword for a lavish welcome but from ancient Greece to modern Hollywood the red carpet has also had a habit of tripping up our heroes

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 17:17

The Hubble Space Telescope

For over 20 years, the pictures beamed back from NASA's orbiting observatory have shed light on dark matter and fired the imaginations of Earth dwellers.

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Friday, 28 September 2012 15:20

The garden shed

It has been a space for creativity and invention, a venue for secret war-time activities and a snub to the architectural establishment, but the enduring appeal of the shed lies in its simplicity.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:53

Zippo Lighter

The lighter with a lifetime guarantee has lit billions of cigarettes and become deeply embedded in pop culture. The brand now has a plan to stay hot despite a decline in smoking.

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Monday, 27 February 2012 10:44

Pencil

The pencil has been the object of rivalry since it was invented, but while the world has changed around it, it remains the same as it ever was

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Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:51

Icon Magazine

“Icon” is not a word to be used lightly on these pages but, on the occasion of our hundredth issue, somehow it seemed appropriate

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Dieter Rams’ 1959 modular shelving system has grown old gracefully, living up to the German designer’s high ideals of enduring simplicity, harmony and flexibility.

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The ultimate symbol of our throwaway culture has proved surprisingly enduring. In its 20th year, and despite some unfortunate associations, it’s still keeping up with the times.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011 10:32

Grain Elevator

These vast silos, “monuments to the Prostestant work ethic”, were a seminal influence on modernism but are vanishing from the American landscape.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:31

Scuba

In the 1940s, Christian J Lambertsen and Jacques-Yves Cousteau invented the revolutionary equipment that opened up the deep sea to underwater exploration.

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