It seems right that a cutting-edge design and architectural movement of the past has its own smartphone presence, as is the case with the Bauhaus Archive iPhone app.
According to Dexigner, this is an official app for both iPhone and iPod touch that opens up the Bauhaus archive via the exhibition The Bauhaus Collection: Originals of Classic Modernism. Over 100 images, along with commentary in English or German, some context as to what the Bauhaus movement achieved and some visitor information, should you fancy seeing the real thing in Berlin.
Best of all, it's a free download. Always a good thing.
Bauhaus Archive iPhone app
It's actually a movie tie-in, but the Super 8 app for the iPhone and iPad is still one of the best apps around. Best of all? It's free too, making it a better proposition than the similar iSupr8 app.
Essentially it turns your mobile phone or tablet into a super 8 film camera, without the film obviously. You shoot at the touch of a button, with the option to switch lenses, throw in filters and add someshake effects. When you are done, you send it off to be developed (another push of a button), then you can view it in your projector room (on our phone) or export it to a computer / share it with friends.
Seven lens effects in total, plus three animated filters, a scratch and dirt overlay and those shake effects offer real authenticity and as we said – it's absolutely free. Only free for a limited time though, so grab it now.
Find out more at the iTunes website
Giveaways on social networks is nothing new, but four authentic Eero Aarnio Ball Chairs as a giveaway really is something worth mentioning.
One Facebook follower of the Finnish Design Shop in Finland, Italy, Europe and the US will get one, which means us Brits will have less of a chance compared to Italian readers, but it's still worth a punt. Just head to Facebook and follow the instructions. You have until April 21st 2011.
The Ball Chair is a 60s classic. Designed by Eero Aarnio in 1963, the circular seat has become an icon of the era, featured in countless movies, artworks, design magazines and of course, homes. It sells at the retailer for a whopping 6,450 Euros, should you miss out.
Finnish Design Shop website
Something to appeal to the designer in all of us, the Retro Fonts book and CD by Gregor Stawinski.
The book is the focal point here, an exhaustive look at classic and vintage fonts, over 400 dating from 1830 to the end of the 20th century. All are shown in the style of old type specimen books as alphabets with sample words/phrases, shown opposite classic examples of the fonts in use in historical context. From Art Deco, Bauhaus and Swiss through to Sixties, Disco and Punk, they're all here.