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Get­ting into Ford, Holden or Toy­ota’s lo­cal de­sign stu­dios is only slightly harder than open­ing one of those rigid plas­tic blis­ter pack­ets with­out sev­er­ing an artery but, thanks to Paul Beranger’s new book, you can get a fas­ci­nat­ing glimpse into Aus­tralian car de­sign with­out scal­ing a sin­gle wall. Eight decades of lo­cal de­sign is cov­ered in 336 pages with in-depth im­ages, sto­ries and bi­ogra­phies and you don’t need dy­na­mite and a chain­saw to open it ei­ther.

Crayon to CAD by Paul Beranger $120 c2cpub­lish­ The 1968 Ford Mus­tang Fast­back was im­mor­talised by the Hol­ly­wood fea­ture film Bul­litt, but now you can have your own tiny ver­sion in the cor­rect colour thanks to the ven­er­a­ble and quite in­de­struc­tible Lego brick. It’s suit­able for peo­ple aged seven to 14 but we won’t judge if you’re a lit­tle older than that. The kit is com­prised of 184 pieces, one of which you are def­i­nitely go­ing to step on. Lego Speed Cham­pi­ons 1968 Ford Mus­tang $22.99 Get be­hind our Ric­cia­rdo and pre­pare for the 2018 For­mula 1 cal­en­dar with this lim­ited edi­tion footie. We’re strug­gling to see the con­nec­tion be­tween the Aus­tralian Grand Prix Cor­po­ra­tion and AFL, but this gen­uine Sherrin Kan­ga­roo Brand ar­ti­cle rolls two huge Aus­tralian sport­ing as­sets into one. Pop it in the pool room or kick it at your best mate. Go Ric­cia­rdo! Ric­cia­rdo Sherrin Foot­ball $35 grand­prix­s­ For about $25 you can pick up a per­fectly ser­vice­able flat­pack cof­fee ta­ble and build it your­self. Al­ter­na­tively, you could sit down with Dis­com­mon, hand over a min­i­mum of $25,000 and let them spend 50 hours de­sign­ing your dream ‘car cof­fee ta­ble’. The com­pany will ma­chine the de­sign from a sin­gle 1.2-me­tre bil­let of alu­minium, leav­ing the im­pres­sion of your car as if it has grown from the sur­face like Han Solo frozen in car­bonite. If you can jus­tify spend­ing a thou­sand times more than the stan­dard ar­ti­cle, hurry. They’re only mak­ing 10. Dis­com­mon cof­fee ta­ble From $25,642 dis­com­

Func­tion over form sum­marises the un­ortho­dox look of this mod­ern watch orig­i­nally de­signed for the vi­sion-im­paired. Two small ball bear­ings housed in mag­netic tracks tell the time by feel rather than sight. Its in­ven­tor started pro­to­typ­ing af­ter a blind stu­dent at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy asked him what the time was. A sub­se­quent Kick­starter cam­paign aimed to raise US$40K to fund the project, and was even­tu­ally backed for al­most US$600K. To­day, the Bradley is avail­able in a va­ri­ety of styles. The 40mm body is a sin­gle ti­ta­nium piece, with a bat­tery-pow­ered quartz move­ment housed in­side. Its name­sake is sol­dier Brad Sny­der, who lost his eye­sight in an IED ex­plo­sion in Afghanista­n be­fore go­ing on to be­come a Par­a­lympic gold medal­list for swim­ming. Eone Bradley Clas­sic Cognac $365

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