Be it a vacuum cleaner, a mobile phone or just a chair all of these industrial design ideas have become a part and parcel of our lives. They have successfully blended with our day to day activities making our lives easy and comfortable. Just as the name suggests, industrial design is all about balancing, being creative, conceptual and freeform thinking along with practical and industrial constraints of actually getting something made. It requires extensive knowledge of production processes, different materials and latest technologies.
Over the last few decades, some legendary designers have mastered the art of achieving this crucial balance, making these products into iconic stars. The following industrial designs are such that you may have not even seen them in the market or are at the design phase only. So, if you are interested in new gadgets or technologically advanced products for your homes or a designer, the following list will help you understand these industrial design wonders.
1. Mini Cooper
The restriction in fuel supply during the 1950s caused due to the Suez crisis lead to the development of the Mini Cooper. Designer Alex Issigonis was given the responsibility of designing a car that was economical compared to the large cars of those times with the aim to compete with popular German car models like the original WV Beetle, which itself is a design classic. The original design was a true British icon that influenced a generation of car designers and was quite a revolutionary product of that time. The distinctive color of these cars is still quite popular even today.
2. Coke Contour Bottle
The coke bottle is immediately recognizable and is considered an industrial design master piece that has its history dating back to 1915. It was when Coca-Cola company asked its bottle suppliers to design a new bottle that would stand out and be recognizable even in the dark, it was designer Earl .R. Dean who took up this challenge. Following the instructions from his boss he came up with a design that is based on the ingredients of the drink. He was unable to find any reference image for either the cocoa leaf or the kola nut, which in turn inspired him to use the image of a cocoa pod from his encyclopedia. This led to the invention of the iconic ribbed bottle shape of coke that we all are familiar with today.
3. Piaggio Vespa Scooter
The classic Vespa scooter that is very well-known worldwide has very Italian design aesthetics. But, the fact is the design for this scooter has been influenced from the World-War-II Cushman scooters that was made in the United States and shipped to Italy by the Allies to act as field transport for paratroopers and marines during the war. It was only after Piaggio involved aeronautical engineer Corradino D’Ascanio that the familiar scooter shape came into existence.
4. Hasselblad 500c Camera
During the World War II the Swedish government handed over the charge to design a camera to Victor Hasselblad that was similar to a German aerial surveillance camera that was recovered from a downed plane. This camera was studied and worked on for years and refined to eventually create the iconic 500C in the late 1950s. The camera was so popular that it became the anchor product for the Hasselblad Company for the next four decades. The popularity of these cameras was such that it was used by NASA during the Apollo missions to the moon.
5. Alessi Juicy Salif
Designed in 1990 by Phillipe Starck, the juicy Salif is considered one of the iconic industrial designs and has found place in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The citrus squeezer is made from aluminum, which is later polished. The design resembles a squid and according to the founder, Alessi was originally sketched out by Starck on a napkin while eating squid with lemon squeezed over it. This is a classic example of how a little bit of observation can inspire some iconic industrial designs.
6. Edge of Belgravia Knife
Knife is the strangest item to be included in the D&AD annual. Christian Bird a UK designer created a balanced industrial design that weighs up a sleek ceramic blade that will never need sharpening with an angular and soft touch handle. It is a work of art as well as a precision cutting tool. Each of these knives comes in a limited edition run of 999.
7. Rocking Wheel Chair
This rocking wheel chair is a fresh bold take on the favorite knitting grandmothers the world over curls round into a sleek and circular shape. Developed by a German Industrial designer and concept artist, Mathias Koehler’s rocking wheel chair enables a fluid rocking motion that also powers a reading light at the top. It still remains at the concept stage and we all are waiting eagerly for the finished product to arrive.
8. Dyson Cyclone Vacuum
The Dyson cyclone vacuum is a perfect industrial design product that thinks how a daily household product should work. In the 1970s, it was James Dyson who got inspired by an industrial cyclone system in a sawmill that gave him the idea to develop a bagless vacuum cleaner. He later on famously made over 5,000 prototypes in a workshop that he setup behind his house before he finally arrived at the DC01. Over the years, many different models of this classic industrial design have been developed since then, which also include the handheld version of the vacuum cleaner.
9. Bergmonch Folding Bike
Driving down a steep and rocky terrain on a mountain bike can be very interesting, but imagine reaching the summit; it can be a very slow and painful effort. For a mountaineer the climb is the best part of the effort, while the downward leg can be killer on the knees. This bike lets you do both by transforming the bike into a backpack to let you carry it with less effort.
10. Cipher Drinking Glass
Designed by Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic, this unusual take on the drinking glass is quite an inspiration. He has put fresh twists on different products like tea infuser to spaghetti fork. When these glasses are empty, it is covered in a seemingly random mosaic, but when it is filled with a colored liquid like milk, juice or cola, the squares join up to spell the name of the drink.