Something

Well, this is quite something!!

On Twitter I found this interesting experiment that someone has done in the Coda Apeldoorn. In the cultural center in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, there is this so called FabLab, where you can experiment with technology. Obviously last summer someone created a new rubber gasket for an Ericofon with a 3D printer. Cool!!

Three notes on the picture: the picture was taken from Twitter, the person on the picture is not me (!!) and the color of the gaskets is terrible 🙂

The gasket was printed in 3D with the use of PLA (PolyLactic Acid). This is not actually a plastic as you would suspect but a substance made of wheat, corn and sugarbeets. It is much more sustainable than ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) which is actually made out of oil. A very nice experiment!

Atumn Equinox III

What’s happening around October each year? See the previous Equinox posts to explain this question.

In 2016 a Dusty Rose popped up and in 2017 I had some specific colours that could, or could not be as expected. I was extremely lucky last year.

Now again I ran into something special… I hope. Please, judge for yourself. Is this a Chartreuse or not? Again a disclaimer.

If so, it can replace my repaired model as this one seems to be in better shape.

If not, it is a pity but I had to take the chance. It was advertised as an avocado colour… Sometimes there is just no time to think too long and you have to decide in a minute to buy or not.

As said before, getting the right colour impression from a screen is not always easy. Let’s hope for the best.

Update 07/12/2018:

Unfortunately this is a regular Crystal Mint… 🙁

On Balance

In the company where I work we have an art game ongoing at the moment. The theme is Diversity and Inclusion, related to the professional working environment of course. Employees are asked to make art around that theme.

As we have many employees from different backgrounds, in all sorts of ways, this is a very important topic to us within the company. Differences, and the embracement of the awareness of it, make us strong.

Inspired by this game, but not yet knowing if I will participate, I took my camera and started to make some pictures today. A few of them I can already share with you here.

My personal experience is that diversity in teams with colleagues and customers makes everything well balanced. For me this is not only about roots, gender or age, but much broader than that.

We are all different and yet so much the same. 

Paint Me As A Dead Soul

James John Walrod unfortunately passed away on September 25th, 2017 at the age of 57. Way too young!!

He was called a design guru. Actually if you read the Wikipedia description it says: “A self-taught interior design consultant and collector of rare and unusual art, design and pop culture works, Walrod was also considered an expert in the field of mid century and Postmodern design.” Please take some time to read about this personality.

Part of his collection was auctioned earlier this year in 2018. When I browsed the auction catalogue many very nice and beautiful items passed by. Man, this guy had good taste, no doubt about that!!

I was triggered because there was one item that caught my attention in this auction. A Wedgwood Touch Tone Ericofon. Still lacking in my collection and quite hard to get…

So I decided to take part in the auction. As usual, auctions are kind of exciting when they start. That night most sales prices raised to exorbitant heights before it was the Ericofons turn. As I am not a design expert these prices might be around normal market value, I had no clue. But I was getting nervous and already disappointed, afraid that this Ericofon also would be sold for an unreasonable price, just because of the name of the owner…

Luckily it turned out differently and I was able to get this item for a fair price. A bit on the expensive side, but hey, …a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Very proud that this is now part of my collection.

In remembrance of Jim Walrod.

Copyright of these 2 beautiful pictures is at Wright.

Never

In the collection I have this Sahara flat model from 1967 that is in perfect state. There is however something with the color code that I have never seen before. But then, I haven’t seen more than approximately 350 Ericofons from the inside sofar.

The colorcode inside the phone is wronlgy indicating a ‘Crystal Mint’ color with code 520552. It should be 520538 instead which is Sahara. Never seen these kind of misprints before. If you have more examples please share them with me.

We Have Always Been Here

In my hometown we have the ‘Textielmuseum‘ (Museum of Textiles) for many years already. It is there because the city has an history in the production of textiles and fabrics until the 1960-70’s. Production was, around that time, slowly moved to other, lower cost countries. And all that was left were empty factories which in the end became part of the cities industrial heritage.

And since 1958 the Textielmuseum. 🙂

From June 9th 2018 till November 11th 2018 there will be an exhibition called ‘Simply Scandinavian | Nordic Design 1945-2018‘.‘Does this information have anything to do with Ericofons?’ I can hear you say. Of course the main subject will be related to fabrics I expect. I was asked to deliver an Ericofon to match the exhibition. There will be other items shown as well as I understood.

It would be an honor to do so, no doubt about that. A shiny Mandarin red Telia Ericofon will appear somewhere in the exhibition. I am really excited.

Besides the Ericofon, I expect the exhibition to be very interesting as well. So please support the museum and go there!! They have lots of interesting stuff.

As said, the museum exists for a long time already and I can remember the first time I visited it, over 40 years ago. It must be back in 1975 or so…  It was in the pre-GPS-era so we got lost on our bikes going there with some schoolfriends.  But in the end we managed to find the museum.

It was there, it is still there and it will always be there.

Update 08/06/2018:

Today we were invited to the opening of the exhibition. It was fantastic!! If you are interested in design I can for sure recommend it to you. Not only the Ericofon was there, which is a reason in itself…, but many other items that you might recognize from the early days.

The exhibition will be there until November 11th 2018.  Worth mentioning that the Textielmuseum was ‘Museum of the year 2017’.

But in the end all I can say is that the museum is still there… and that you have to visit it!!

Update 04/10/2018:

Some time ago I received professionally pictures made by Josefina Eikenaar for the Textielmuseum. Two of them are shown below, much better than the ones I made. 😉

The Remote Viewer

Four weeks ago, in March, I received a request to deliver a few Ericofons and some additional equipment for an installation on an exhibition. As the exhibition still needs to take place, I cannot tell too many details right now so more news will follow next month.

The idea was to have Ericofons connected together in a 2-phone-intercom system. This is the whole shipment that was prepared.

Actually 2 landline phones can be easily connected to eachother with a battery and some electrical components to function as an intercom. No external telephone line is needed to provide a full speech path through both phones.

The challenge was to have both phones equiped with a decent ringer. Since the original ringer is functioning on AC and the voltage with batteries is DC, it cannot be used. Fancy electronic circuits are too vulnarable towards the input voltage so an interval piezo buzzer was the most stable solution. Sound wise it is somewhat annoying, but given the deadlines of this project it was not possible to develop something fancy custom made. As the piezos did not fit into the Ericofon shell I had to mount them on the outlet. The advantage is that the Ericofon is fully original and ready to be used for normal usage as well.

How it works: you pick up one phone and the other one is ringing. If the second phone is lifted the ringing stops and you can talk to eachother. And of course this works in both directions.

As the exhibition is abroad, I am in fact the remote viewer in this whole exercise. Unfortunately there is no way for me to visit the fair and to see the installation live. Not sure how all will look like. I’ll have to wait until someone sends me some pictures of the end result, which I hope I can share here.

Update 29/04/2018:

The phones mentioned were delivered to the Salone de Mobile 2018 in Milano, Italy and were part of an installation of USM created by UNStudio. You can find more information on the installation, with the theme on balancing home and work, here.

The pictures below are from Design Exchange (www.demagazine.co.uk), a global network devoted to the exchanging of ideas. They have granted the installation with 2 prizes. My contribution was only a very very very tiny part of it.

Transparent

A few activities are upcoming in the next weeks but I cannot share anything yet. Topsecret 😉 But it is related to design. Well, design and Ericofon is not that strange. More news when it becomes a bit more concrete.

In the meantime there are some pictures that I want to share instead that I found on the interet. Be carefull, this will hurt!

I do not know why people do this… Maybe because they could not get transparent paint for the earpiece.

Needless to tell that the clear model is still on my list.