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These are single-utility-devices.  The only ‘app’ is talk, which allows you to speak to another human from a long distance.  You can do this without having to resort to the obsolete technology of screaming, and having to occasionally throw things. Changes in our communication world have sent old phones to landfills.  These pieces however speak to me – excuse the pun – on a different level.  I lived in Denmark in the late nineties and since then I have even more appreciation and respect for all aspects of design.

I was in Doha recently and stayed at the Ramada Hotel.  I noticed these fine examples neatly displayed in the lobby.  The shelves were white and the lighting wasn’t bad – even though they were behind glass.   I took these shots to share them here.  A few years ago, I heard a wonderful rule for having clear-outs: ‘If you don’t use it, and it’s not beautiful, get rid of it!’  I’m sure you’d agree that these useless devices are still very much beautiful.


  1. wow! they are indeed beautiful! tells a thousand stories! ur write-up was interesting too, with just the right dash of humour! 🙂

    • Q80BOY
    • Posted 19 October 2010 at 2:19 pm
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    we3 i dont want my iPhone anymore .. it would be much cooler lugging those phones with me everywhere! 😛

    • Summer
    • Posted 21 October 2010 at 5:53 pm
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    they look amazing! and they’re part of our history!

  2. I used one of those rotary phones back in the mid80s and I remember that it was fun spinning it around! Back then it was all design!

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