Monday, October 18, 2010
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These are single-utility-devices.  The only 'app' is talk, which allows you to speak to another human from a long distance.  You can do this without having to resort to the obsolete technology of screaming, and having to occasionally throw things. Changes in our communication world have sent old phones to landfills.  These pieces however speak to me - excuse the pun - on a different level.  I lived in Denmark in the late nineties and since then I have even more appreciation and respect for all aspects of design.

I was in Doha recently and stayed at the Ramada Hotel.  I noticed these fine examples neatly displayed in the lobby.  The shelves were white and the lighting wasn't bad - even though they were behind glass.   I took these shots to share them here.  A few years ago, I heard a wonderful rule for having clear-outs: 'If you don't use it, and it's not beautiful, get rid of it!'  I'm sure you'd agree that these useless devices are still very much beautiful.


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