Georges Zigrand's Blog

The art of spinning

Posted in Engineering beauty, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 09/10/2014

Allain_repoussage
It seems you have to travel to central Paris to find somebody still able to master this craft! See also this short documentary showing the process: http://vimeo.com/85024259

A beautiful ride

Posted in Branding, Street furniture & public realm by zigideluxe on 21/04/2014

Anybody who lives in London knows the difference between mediocre and fine public transport design. The classy post-war route master got replaced 10 years ago by terrible double decker buses made from cheap materials, ugly colours and a few poor ‘design’ elements until the once again beautiful and specially for London designed new route master finally made it in large numbers onto the streets last year or so.
The new route master (designed by Thomas Heatherwick) shows that good design can make all the difference in the experience of traveling on public transport. Besides the important iconic outside design and the fuel efficient engine my point is that beautiful detailing and good quality finishes are also essentiel.

Especially in cities where the private car usage is still an option (like in Luxembourg, where I’m from) and where you want to get people out of their own cars you have to create an alternative that is not only faster, cheaper and more ecological but it also needs to be a beautiful ride. If the public transport experience is mediocre because of poorly designed interiors & exteriors (with maybe some customised colour scheme if you are lucky), then people will still want to use their own cars..

NBfL-Bus-London

Photo © Thomas Heatherwick

routmaster_stairs routemaster_fabric routemaster_button

 

Ornament is not a crime

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 29/01/2014

A fine example of integrating branding and decoration into a technical part of a Triumph bicycle from the 50’s.
triumph_lowres

Concorde memorabilia

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 25/10/2012

Original concorde shaped pen with embossed note pad
The Concorde might have been a fuel guzzling, noisy and elitist plane representing the excesses of the ‘trente glorieuses’, but it also embodies a great believe, excitement and optimism in the future. Not something you can say about today…
Also great is to see a really good quality and stylish souvenir that was handed out to every person flying with the Concorde. The pen looks as fast as the the Concorde flies and even has a bit of a nose like the real thing. Try and find a pen in your drawers that you got for free that is of any quality…

Volcanic eruption in a coffee cup

Posted in Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 07/08/2011


I recently acquired this coffee machine designed by Gaetano Pesce at a vintage design auction. Everybody I have shown it looked at me with disbelieve , not understanding why I would spend money on such an ‘ugly’ object.
I beg to differ! Beauty can be something that is not immediately recognised, something that grows slowly on you. The lack of ‘good design taste’ and perfect shapes creates an edginess that needs to be tamed before you can begin to appreciate it. I find the volcano iconography is also quite appropriate for a moka coffee maker…

In other words, it is an acquired taste, a bit like coffee.

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