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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Clairtone at 50: Stupid Lucky

Instead of trying to explain Clairtone's contribution to design, just watch the video I've embedded. Founders Peter Munk and David Gilmour took a representative best foot forward and put Canada on the design map with this stunning achievement. Something tells me I will never find one of these at a tag sale or at thrift.

In celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the company's founding, Canada's Design Exchange is running an exhibit until October 2008, and has a nice website with more info on this company. Also, there's a book about Clairtone by Nina Munk and Rachel Gotlieb, titled The Art of Clairtone: The Making of a Design Icon, 1958-1971 The 184-page book is designed by Hambly & Woolley Inc. and published by McClelland & Stewart.

( via Retro thing )

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Anonymous DC said...


Always cool to stumble upon a Clairtone fan - we have well over a dozen Clairtones in our collection - you can view them here: http://www.clairtone.ca/

incidentally - that is our house and us playing one of our Clairtone's in the news clip.

9:29 AM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Honored DC. Your place looks great. I appreciated your comment about beginning your collection for the object, but loving and appreciating it now for the sound. I LOVE these and hope someday to be fortunate enough to hear and maybe own one. Thanks for stopping by brother.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous DC said...

You're welcome of course - a pleasure!

3:55 PM  

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