Limited Edition Canes by German Designer Horst Wittmann

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June 25, 2013
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  “My initial inspiration was my great-grandfather’s wooden walking stick, which I cross-referenced with images from pop culture,” says industrial designer Horst Wittmann. The Carl canes are anodized in colors that echo the Apple iPod color range.

    “My initial inspiration was my great-grandfather’s wooden walking stick, which I cross-referenced with images from pop culture,” says industrial designer Horst Wittmann. The Carl canes are anodized in colors that echo the Apple iPod color range.

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  “The title "from A to B" refers to the functional aspect of transportation, whereas the object itself deals with the complexity and the many definitions of the word "function". Stefan Sagmeister used to say ‘Beauty is part of the function’, I agree.”

    “The title "from A to B" refers to the functional aspect of transportation, whereas the object itself deals with the complexity and the many definitions of the word "function". Stefan Sagmeister used to say ‘Beauty is part of the function’, I agree.”

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  Each cane weighs 369 grams and is handmade by folding and bending a piece of 3mm sheet aluminum. First, outlines and engravings are cut via CNC, then the upper end of each single sheet is bent by hand to form a hook-grip, while the lower part is folded 70° to enforce the main structure. "V" engravings serve as cutting lines to customize the cane to each user’s personal body measurements.

    Each cane weighs 369 grams and is handmade by folding and bending a piece of 3mm sheet aluminum. First, outlines and engravings are cut via CNC, then the upper end of each single sheet is bent by hand to form a hook-grip, while the lower part is folded 70° to enforce the main structure. "V" engravings serve as cutting lines to customize the cane to each user’s personal body measurements.

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  The grip-structure consists of 19 slots, each slot represents one cane. The serial number is made a feature by a stainless steel pin.

    The grip-structure consists of 19 slots, each slot represents one cane. The serial number is made a feature by a stainless steel pin.

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    Says Wittmann, “One of my philosophies in this new venture is the idea that individualism needs to be confronted with individual pieces.”

     

    Says Wittmann, “One of my philosophies in this new venture is the idea that individualism needs to be confronted with individual pieces.”

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