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Linn Sondek LP12

Even in the late 1980s, when vinyl albums and singles were still widely available in record stores, choosing the large, ungainly format over the more portable tape or CD was often viewed as old fashioned, or even eccentric. Vinyl was the medium of your father or grandfather, and it's crackly, hissy sound was no match for the clarity of CDsf course, this latter assertion, like many widely held beliefs from the 1980s, (such as thinking that Thatcherism would work, or that being a New Romantic was a good idea) was ultimately wrong....click here for more

 

 

Fender Telecaster

Sometimes the simplest designs are the best. Minimalism may have its detractors, but when executed properly, and in the right circumstances, it is an aesthetic philosophy that can result in the production of wonderfully elegant and functional items.

And few items can be as elegant or as minimalistic as the Fender Telecaster - the guitar that helped to change popular music forever, and which has earned a place on The List both for the purity with which it marries form and function and for the overwhelming influence it has had on Western culture over the last half a century

Developed in the 1940s and first produced commercially in the early 1950s, the Telecaster, as we know it today, with twin pickups and a truss rod, was originally called the Broadcaster until a dispute with Gretsch forced Leo Fender to change the name. Although it was not the first solid bodied electric guitar, it was the first that sold in any meaningful quantities, and, by dint of its simplicity, was relatively easy to mass produce. .
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Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars

 

Where do we start? These are iconic works of art that you wear on your feet, every day should you so desire, which has got to be cool.

It all started with Marquis Mills Converse, who, in 1908, founded the Converse Rubber Shoe Company after identifying that sport was something that allowed the ‘American Dream’ to become a reality for people of all backgrounds, no matter whether they were privileged and educated or not... click here for more


 

Herbert Terry Anglepoise Lamp

 

This is classic design in its truest sense. Patented originally in 1932 by George Carwardine, whilst attempting to develop a new kind of spring in his spare time, the anglepoise lamp was then licensed to Herbert Terry and Sons of Redditch, the company that would continue to produce anglepoise lamps to this day. Carwardine had realised that the springs he had developed could be applied perfectly to a ‘limbed’ lamp which allowed for the user to position it in any direction and for it to remain in that position until moved again.

 

An automotive factory owner by trade, Carwardine had concluded that such an adaptable lamp would be of use not only to his employees but also to direct light onto his own desk and paperwork. The first lamp, version 1208....click here for more



 

Riva Aquarama

The word 'speedboat' does not conjure up particularly glamorous images these days. Small, constructed from glass fibre, and usually the same anonymous shade of beige as the average caravan, they seem to be the vessel of choice for people who enjoy towing sizeable objects behind their cars for long distances. But there is one particular type of speedboat that will forever transcend the tarnished image of the breed - the Riva Aquarama... click here for more

 
 
 

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