It's hard to beat the appeal of a good bit of 1950s pattern design. Which is why we love the new V&A Kite Strings collection from Wild & Wolf.
Another great retro clock from Newgate is hardly a surprise. However, this Metropolitan clock looks like its been influenced by another design classic: the distinctive Mondaine clock.
The Mondaine clock dates from the 1940s and was designed for the railways to be easily read from distance. This new design takes on some of that readability in that it uses the chunky block divisions around the dial and has the same clarity of design. A crucial difference though is in the clock's hands – the Mondaine relies on a red hand to mark the seconds, in the case of the Metropolitan it's just a red hour and minute hand.
The Metropolitan clock is also bigger at 60cm across and, crucially, is also cheaper. Not by masses though. While you can buy an official Mondaine clock for around £230, this design costs £190.
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It seems a little early to be thinking about 2011 but I guess busy people may already looking for a calendar to plan the coming year. For those people, the Cavallini London desk calendar is a calendar with a distinctive retro look.
The calendar features nostalgic views of the capital, taken from the Cavallini archives. The images look like they date from the 1940s, '50s and early '60s and include views taken from old guidebooks and postcards, the ubiquitous 'Keep Calm and Carry On', as well as an image of the Queen looking several decades younger. For a peek at the contents, click over the page where the back of the calendar is illustrated.
The calendar costs £10.95.
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