Francoise Nielly lives in the South of France. In mid life, she left the advertising industry to see if she could earn a living as a painter. She works quickly, employing the most difficult of artists tools, the palette knife. She is known for her fluorescent colours, that are not readily found in nature. However, she seems to instinctively select hues, that despite their vibrancy and impact, live in a harmony that replicates what we find in nature. She is very prolific and her work is often on huge canvasses.
Designed (1990) by acclaimed designer Philippe Starck, for home/kitchenware manufacturer extraordinaire Alessi. Juicy Salif is what we at Trekinetic love, artistry and function combined in either an elegant or amusing way. Outwardly a piece of intriguing and beautiful sculpture, it is in fact a reasonably effective citrus fruit juicer. Best of all, it's a piece of modern art that almost everyone can afford to own.
Mark Quinn is one of the giants in modern sculpture. His arresting study depicted here, of the naked and pregnant artist Alison Lapper, is as daring as it is thought provoking. Previously known for his studies of the bodily perfect, Kate Moss, Quinn the master mason, reminds us that a persons inner beauty comes from who they are, not what they are. This 13 ton monument was one of a series focusing on disability and occupied one of the plinths surrounding London's Trafalgar Square in 2005.
This deceptively simple calculator by George Sowden Design, for the great Alessi company, presents a delightful, almost organic form. It's a design triumph with big buttons and a display angled towards the user. In use, you are less likely to make a wrong entry. Despite being out of production and fast becoming a valuable collectors item, one remains in daily use at Trekinetic HQ. Many of the calculations required in the design of the K2 were performed on of these funky little yellow machines.
One particular 1959 spring in Copenhagen, a policeman found the time to stop traffic in order to let a young Duck family waddle across the road. It was an extraordinary and meaningful event for the public and a photo was published in local newspapers. The photograph encapsulated the Danish attention to nature and detail and the ability to appreciate small everyday miracles. Inspired by the charming Duck family story, Hans B�lling designed some wooden Duck figures, whose souls carry the essence of peaceful and harmonious Danish spring. Their smooth, wooden curvatures are simple yet sophisticated and inspire subdued serenity and harmony anywhere they are placed, just as they did in spring �59.
Danish designer Verner Panton�s revolutionary one piece plastic chair is nowadays a design classic. Panton combined eye pleasing aesthetics with surprising comfort and the possibility of simplified chair manufacture. However having a great product does not always bring instant success and it was not until 1967 that the design was put into production by the Vitra company. The comfort offered from this anatomically optimized seat form, inspired Trekinetic to follow the same route with our Monocoque seat.
The 911 is probably the greatest all round sports car of all time and a triumph of packaging. Superceding the 356, Porsche engineers stuck to their values and kept he engine in the back. They believed traction was a primary requisite for a performance car and they overcame the inherent handling issues with extensive development. In the dark days, when we couldn't get one of the Trekinetic prototypes to run straight, we took inspiration from the Porsche companies determination to suceed and we didn't give up either.
The Samsung Galaxy SII is all you'll ever need for the moment, in a smart phone. With an 8 mega pixel camera and HD video, its an amazing little tablet and almost half the cost of an I phone. We made the optional Smart phone holder on the Trekinetic, just to suit this type of phone and it's useful inbuilt Satellite Navigation app.
In a similar way to Trekinetic, the original Mini changed the way small cars were designed forever. Brainchild of brilliant designer Alec Issigonis, it was far more technically advanced than anything seen before. To save space he put the engine sideways in the front and designed a gearbox to fit under the engine in the oil sump. This gave much more room inside, so the car could be more compact. Front wheel drive and rubber cone suspension again saved precious space. It was an instant success and everyone realised that this was how it should have been done in the first place. The small wheels lowered the centre of gravity and the basic car could out handle even powerful sports cars on the race and rally circuit. Possibly the most influential car of all time.
At Trekinetic we think if one can, it is better to pay more for a quality product, than cheaper alternatives that will have to be replaced frequently. The Omega Sea Master series fits that bill. Always saying the right things about the wearer and regularly serviced, should last a lifetime. It may even go up in value, plus of course the real James Bond wore one!
British born, Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor doesn't like to work at a modest Level. The staggering Cloud Gate in Chicago, Illinois, shows how accessible and popular contemporary sculpture can be. Even we cannot be sure how he constructed the enormous polished stainless steel surfaces, with such flawless execution.
In 1958 Arne Jacobsen was given the brief to design chairs for the foyer of the Grand Hotel, Copenhagen. He made the wings unusually large to isolate he occupant from other people's conversation and new wonder material, glass fibre was used in the construction. To be honest it's not the world's most comfortable chair, but definitely one of the coolest!
If the 911 is the best all rounder, then Jaguar's stunning 150 mph E-type of 1966, must be amongst the most beautiful styled and proportioned cars of all time. At the time, it cost a fraction of the cost of a comparable Ferrari and lucky potential owners could not get their cheque books out fast enough. It's pretty much been that way ever since !
The Bush DAC 90A was one of the best selling radios of the 1950's. In the era before television, transistors and I Players, most British families received their news, music and entertainment from these reliable Bakelite cased devices. They gave a rich sound and are widely restored and collected today.