Monthly Archives: June 2012

Brass Zippo lighter rapidly vintaged

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We will go hiking right now, but super last minute Manfred from Feinschmuck gave me a first sample of step one for making a special Zippo. The patina of the brass looks like not well treated parts on a ship in saltwater conditions (Or as Eric once said “angeranzt“). This is only step one, we are still brainstorming what motive shall be included on one of the sides of the Zippo. Suggestions are welcome!

Check also the previous Zippo – untouched.

Hohentwiel Schaufelraddampfer – paddlewheeler

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Hohentwiel Schaufelraddampfer – paddlewheeler
Being sunday on the lake for a bit of sailing the Hohentwiel came really close to us. The Hohentwiel was build in 1913 and was once the stateship of King Wilhelm II. of Baden Württemberg. Put out of service in 1963 it was restored in the 80th until 1988 and is since cruising on the lake of constance. Inside the ship you can see the engine working and see the full beauty of a perfect restauration. Do not miss the chance of one of her dinner or jazz cruises on the lake – could be an unforgettable time.

New DICTUM catalogue – Tools and more

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Wow! Amazing what DICTUM put together in their new catalogue. If you are into tools, knifes or axes there is probably not a finer selection of brands from all over the world put together in one catalogue. A lot of German, American, Scandinavian, Japanese and English brands, all with an amazing drive towards perfection. All got their price but you will get what you pay! And if you plan to buy tools which your son might still able to use with joy and pride – get them now!
(copyright of the images all by Dictum) 

Meeting Mr. MotArt

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Meeting Mr. MotArt Journal in Bayonne – Vintage Vietnam Zippo:
While being in south of France for a week I was able to meet Frank from MotArt Journal. It was a great pleasure to have a coffee with him in Bayonne and I hope we see soon again. Probably @ the Monaco boat show with our new Boat or at the press launch at lake of constance. Btw. great vintage original Vietnam Zippo – for sure he got style.

Ullr, Uller or Wuldor Talisman by Feinschmuck

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Last weekend I had my first regatta and was ment to be close to 20 hours on the lake. Maria from Feinschmuck gave me this silver Amulett/Talisman on that day.
The Ullr, Uller or also called Wuldor is an is an ancient nordic god from around the 3rd century. He is mostly shown with a bow and on skies. He is the god of glory, the winter, the hunt and the fight.
Check the english entry on Wikipedia for a very comprehensive explanation about him or the shorter in german.

Gin Tonic, Cuba Libre or a Pernod ?

Gin Tonic, Cuba Libre or Pernod ?Gin Tonic, Cuba Libre or a Pernod ?
Have a nice weekend for the lucky ones who are “out” already! I´m soon to have finished the last job for this week and tomorrow is holiday time. Going to south France for a week and I will probably see Frank from MotArt Journal. Have a good time see you soon. Ah, and I will have to dicide if my drink will be a Gin Tonic, Cuba Libre or a Pernod ? Hmm too many choices.

Dieter Rams – Ten Principles of Good Design

Dieter Rams – Ten Principles of Good Design:


Good design is innovative

The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.


Good design makes a product useful

A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.


Good design is aesthetic

The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.


Good design makes a product understandable

It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.


Good design is unobtrusive

Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.


Good design is honest

It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.


Good design is long-lasting

It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.


Good design is thorough, down to the last detail

Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.


Good design is environmentally-friendly

Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.


Good design is as little design as possible

Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

Linsen mit Spätzle und Saitenwurst

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Hard to translate to englisch and probably not necessary. A typical Swabian if not the Swabian recipe of all. Cook some lentils with bacon, onions, a bit of vinegar, for sure salt and pepper then make some Spätzle (these ones were made with a special wooden board called “handschabt” and the back of a knife) some Saitenwurst (Frankfurter/Wiener sausages) good mustard and for sure a good beer. You can see the Unertl “Weißbier” in the back, best beer of all – thanks Sven for importing it to Lindau.