Founded in 1905 by Maurice Goudard and Marcel Mennesson as a manufacturer of radiators, Solex is mostly known for launching the first powered bicycle, the VéloSoleX.
The Riva company was founded by Pietro Riva in 1842, and run by Carlo Riva through its 1969 sale to the American Whittaker Corporation.
Founded in 1899, as a result of the merge of Globe Files (1882), owned by Henry Yeiser, and Wernicke (1893), owned by Otto Wernicke, Globe-Wernicke is best known for their sectional bookcase system.
Founded in 1937 by Edwin H. Land, Polaroid is best known for its Polaroid instant film and cameras.
Founded in 1937, Volkswagen AG is a German car manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Produced from 1941 to 1945 by Willys-Overland as a four-wheel drive utility vehicle for war use, the Willys MB was the world’s first Jeep.
René Herbst (1891-1982) was one of the first designers in France to experiment with tubular steel for furniture. For his most iconic designs Herbst also used elastic rubber stretcher belts.
Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991) studied architecture and cabinet-making and is considered the most influential designer of postwar Japan.
Designed in 1964 by Helmut Bätzner, the Bofinger Chair was the first one-piece plastic chair to be mass-produced.
French architect and designer, Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) took part in the design of the ski resorts of Les Arcs in Savoie and designed this beautiful chair in the 60′s.
Peter Behrens (1868-1940) was an influential architect and designer who combined art, industry, and technology to create objects for everyday use.
First produced in 1935 by Frank Hornby as the Frank Hornby Firm, Dinky Toys was a manufacturer of die-cast miniature vehicles.
Founded in 1945 by Carlo Ernesto Valente, Faema (Fabbrica Apparecchiature Elettromeccaniche e Affini) is an Italian manufacturer of espresso machines.
The first document that records the existence of the Fratelli Solari Company as an ‘old and prized tower clocking industry’ dates back to 1725.
Founded in 1933 in Detroit by Joseph Buegeleisen, Buco was a manufacturer of motorcycle jackets, mostly known for its iconic J100 café racer jacket.
Founded in 1853 by Rudolph Wurlitzer, The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, or simply Wurlitzer, was the manufacturer of world’s most iconic jukebox.
Educated at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Max Bill (1908-1994) was a Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and graphic designer.
Founded in 1880 by Edward Katzinger as Edward Katzinger Co., EKCO is one of the earliest manufacturers of kitchen utensils.
Founded in 1907 by Julius Meister as a button factory, Imco is recognized as the first lighter company to have truly developed a modern cigarette lighter.
Founded in 1781 by William Asprey as a silk printing business, Asprey is a manufacturer of leather goods, jewellery, silverware and home goods.
Henning Koppel (1918-1981) is one of Denmark’s most celebrated designers and a pioneer in what we have come to think of as ‘Danish design’.
A resonator guitar is an acoustic guitar that carries string vibration through the bridge to one or more spun metal cones (resonators), instead of to the sound board.
Founded in 1885 by Henry Selmer, Henri Selmer Paris is a manufacturer of musical instruments, best known for its professional-grade saxophones and clarinets.
Founded in 1942 by Joseph-Armand Bombardier, who obtained a patent for the ‘B7 snowmobile’ in 1937, Bombardier started a manufacturer of tracked vehicles designed for traveling over snow.
Brionvega is an electronics company founded in Milan by Giuseppe and Rina Brion in 1945. Since the sixties, Brionvega showed remarkable innovation and design which was emblematic for Italy in the post war period and economic boom.
Founded in 1906 by Mark Honeywell, Honeywell International, Inc. is a multinational conglomerate company that produces a variety of commercial and consumer products.
Founded in 1973 by Ivor Tiefenbrun to produce the Sondek LP12 turntable, Linn is a manufacturer of hi-fi, home theatre, and multi-room audio systems.
Manufactured between 1972 and 2010 by Matsushita, the Technics SL-1200 is a series of turntables, widely regarded as one of the most durable and reliable ever produced.
Founded in 1908 by Camillo Olivetti as a typewriter manufacturer, Olivetti today is a manufacturer of computers, tablets and smartphones.