1947 (yes, really!) Nissan Tama Electric Vehicle

1947 Nissan Tama

22 MPH top speed with a range of 40 miles.

A Primer of Design-as-Art Movements

Contemporary auctions for design objects have been fetching prices that rival great artworks. These pieces are typically sitting on the same auction block. Where can one draw the line between a utilitarian design object and an artistic expression? Probably in the production quantity. Limited edition pieces by sought-after designers have the singularity of fine art, although the purpose of limited edition design objects can typically be attributed to bumping up a price tag.

There’s a good synopsis of five design-as-art movements at ARTINFO. They touch upon The Wiener Werkstätte, The Bauhaus, American Studio, Memphis, and Functional Art.

Some representative pieces:

Josef Hoffman, of the The Wiener Werkstätte

Josef Hoffmann

Marianne Brandt, of the Bauhaus

Marianne Brandt

George Nakashima, of the American Studio

George Nakashima

Ettore Sottsass, of Memphis (an Italian movement)

Ettore Sottsass

Tom Dixon, of Functional Art

Tom Dixon

Campari Soda Bottle

Campari Soda Bottle

Designed by Fortunato Depero in 1932.

Laken drinking vessels

Laken Clásica

Laken Texas

Laken Pouch

Laken Flask

Laken Flask with Green Cover

Laken Cup

Dorm Room by Le Corbusier & Charlotte Perriand

Dorm Room by Le Corbusier & Charlotte Perriand

Living in graduate student housing isn’t all that glamorous… the architecture and interior design of my temporary living situation is new and clean, but lacks any semblance of taste, character, or style. The most frustrating thing is knowing that a much better solution could have been realized at the same cost or even cheaper. Also, I know I’ll get fined if I try to change anything… I would stay in school indefinitely if it meant living in a dorm room imagined by Le Corbusier and Perriand!

(via hoping for happy accidents)