In Design Classics on December 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm
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Go Back in Time in a Little Red Wagon
Creator: Anthony Pasin
Origin: Chicago, USA
The Radio Flyer Classic Red Wagon is a children’s toy in which one or two small children can be pulled along by an adult. The trailer is mainly of metal construction with solid rubber wheels . The Radio Flyer was designed to take advantage of the new metal mass production methods being used in the early car industry and to replace a similar toy then made from wood.
The inventor of the Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon was born in Venice Italy in 1898, He emmigrated to the United States at the age of 16 and began producing his Radio Flyer wagons in his Chicago factory in 1917.
The body of the Radio Flyer wagon is still pressed from sheet steel much like the early automobiles of the era. The wagon is steered and pulled by the sturdy handle which is carefully designed to avoid either tipping or pinching. Anthony Pasin the inventor of the Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon worked as a water boy for a sewer digging crew before saving enough money to rent a small workshop and tools for the production of his first wagons.
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In Design Classics on October 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm
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Traditional Christmas Charm Without a Trip to IKEA
Creator: Anderson & Boberg
Origin: Gefle, Sweden
Liking Ikea as we do, it may not be the quickest route to the simple, traditional Christmases of times past. The Swedish Angel Chimes however may offer a small taste of exactly that. Swedish Angel Chimes consist of a collection of carefully made brass parts which are easily and quickly assembled to make a candle powered table top mobile. A trio of cherub like angels describe a circle as they turn striking a pair or chimes to create a gentle ringing sound. The chimes were created in 1948 for a simpler, cleaner, well more Swedish aesthetic than seen in earlier German chimes based upon the same principle dating from 1906 and probably much earlier than that.
Until recently the chimes were still made at the original factory in the port of Gefle, Sweden and now are produced to the same specification in Turkey using the same equipment and processes. There are also many look a likes originating from China which are based on the same principle but don’t quite match the Swedish design of 1948. The design was popularized by Anderson & Boberg who continued production for over 60 years with only minor refinements to the original classic design.
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