Stylish Non-Clothing Things - Page 15
Less space = tighter focus to their collecting? When I think English collector, I picture my mother's living room: a large room furnished in rose-pink velvet victorian furniture, with every horizontal surface covered in her collection of Old Paris porcelain. It was pretty terrifying, actually.
Great lamp. Takes the retro-industrial chic thing to its logical conclusion.
If we're discussing well-engineered objects, I think it's appropriate to mention LEGO. The consistency with which and the tolerance to which they are manufactured are both pretty incredible, particularly given a) the quantity of bricks manufactured yearly and b) that they're a children's toy.
Austro-Daimler / Puch SLE circa 1980 or so
Mine was completely stock: Reynolds 531 frame, Huret derailleur, Rigida rims, Thuret shifters, Weimann brakes. The design wasn't revolutionary, but it is very light, elegant, and the product of a company with a truly storied history. This was my first real road bike, and the largest purchase I'd made at the time (I was about 15). I promptly rode it to death, loading it up with luggage racks and panniers and riding it on an 800 mile road trip from southern Connecticut to Montreal. I did some real damage to that poor bike - the forks were bent into an S by the end of the trip. Even so, I sold it at a small profit it a few years later.