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Felt Tip: An apparently simple idea, executed with an attention to detail, wins the first ar+d award for industrial design.

'The phenomenon of work is omni-present' argue Gerhards+Glucker and they wanted to make a device that would cope with 'the world of things' that proliferate as distinctions between work, home and leisure become increasingly blurred. Their invention Ichneumon, 'a wail for hiding things', is a space divider that acts in many other ways, particularly as a storage system for all the things which need intermediate parking spaces of various kinds: ranging from the pen or computer (things needed permanently for work), to objects used sporadically, like books, magazines, cigarettes, bananas and postcards, to the things which are not used continuously, but need shelves or drawers.

Ichneumon (is it named after a mongoose, or a rather nasty insect?) is intended to fill the need for intermediate storage. I could do with one here, as I type at a kitchen table covered with papers, books, fruit, flowers, pencils, slides, salt and bottles of wine. Ichneumon is 200mm thick, 1.970m high and 2.48m wide. It has 54 vertical pockets, that can accommodate anything from pencils to bananas and bottles. It can be made in felt, wool or leather (the latter must look very impressive). It can be obtained by getting in touch with the architects, whose e-mail address can be found on our web-site.

The jury was delighted to recognize the first piece of industrial design in the history of ar+d. We were much impressed by its ingenuity, fundamental economy and thoughtfulness.
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Title Annotation:Gerhards+Glucker
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Dec 1, 2001
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