retro design

Retro Cycled Kinetic Art Machine

Retro Cycling at the Kinetica Art Fair 2013

Kinetic Art is a rapidly expanding design discipline.  The link to retro design is that often the artists are inspired to recycle everyday items to make modern and contemporary works of art. This is a process called Retro Cycling.  This from the organisers: See Retro Cycled Designs “The Kinetica Art Fair, one of London’s annual landmark art exhibitions and a permanent fixture in the Art Fair... »

Retro Design – The Squircle

Retro Design – The Squircle

The rounded square or rectangle has featured frequently in retro design.  An infamous example is the passenger windows in the 1950s Comet airliner.  Infamous, because of catastrophic failure due to stress related metal fatigue emanating at the rounded corner.  But squircles became particularly fashionable in the 70s through to the early 80s.  You could see them in wall paper and curtain designs, c... »

Red Fruit Juice Glass 1972

Red Fruit Juice Glass 1972

This red Fruit Juice glass dates from around 1972. Not classic 70s style, but still it has a retro design style of it’s own. The main problem is that orange juice or squash looked strangely unappetising through the red glass. Originally, a set of 6 glasses from Woolworths. By Paul Bates (thepaulbates) »

1972 Design black and orange glasses

1970s Black and Orange Glass

My first paid job was in 1972.  I had just started secondary school, aged 11 and this was the first half term.  It was a beautiful sunny October morning when someone, probably my sister Jill, suggested I should go “spud bashing” to make some money.  That is potato picking to the uninitiated. I pulled on my trusty wellies with a green parker and a red Massey Ferguson tractor with trailer full of la... »