25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

By Attila Nagy on at

We're surrounded by scores of gadgets so well-designed it's almost impossible not to fall in love with them, but often this gets lost in negativity based on ones not so good. I wanted to share some of my personal favourites to redress the balance.

The following set of images serves as a confession for me; call me crazy, but I don't just use these objects, I adore them so much that simply to touch and hold them causes a pleasant sensation in my nervous system.

And I would like to invite you, dear reader, to share your most-desired objects, too. This is the time to confess: post the photo of your most beloved gadget and tell us why you love it.

Here are the inanimate objects that I desire:

Watch: Bulova Accutron from 1960 – its innovative electronic mechanism still looks great

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: jcw/Wikimedia Commons


Phone: LG Nexus 5 – I love its minimalism and the feel of the materials

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

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Rotary phone: Ericofon, aka the Cobra Phone by Ericsson, Sweden in 1954 — the most extraordinary phone design

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Marcin Wichary/Holger.Ellgaard/Wikimedia Coommons


Radio: Panasonic R-72S Toot-a-loop Bracelet Radio (made in Japan circa 1972) — you can wear it if you want, and you definitely want to

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Laptop: MacBook Air, the best associate I have ever worked with

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo//Brian Kersey/Getty Images


Computer: GD-71 graphic display station — a gorgeous cyclops

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Desk lamp: Nanbu "Sweet" — a cute and sleek HID lamp made in Japan, circa 1960

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Clock: Goldbühl, made in West Germany, circa 1960 — love its knurled plastic body

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Camera: Yashica Mat 124G, made in Japan, circa 1970 — a reliable and sturdy partner on every photo trip

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Furniture: Marcel Breuer's B3 Club chair from 1927 — an extreme and elegant Bauhaus perfection

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Eckehard Schulz/AP


Hi-Fi: Brionvega RR226 (1965/2008) — makes me smile every time

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Brionvega


TV set: Philco Predicta from the late 1950s — a revolutionary TV design for the masses

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: AP


Gun: Agram 2000, made in Croatia, 1992 – the most Star Wars-esque contemporary weapon

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: weapon.ge


Bike: Benjamin G. Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle from 1946 — its postwar biomorphic design was love at first sight for me

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Brooklyn Museum


Motorbike: BMW R7 prototype from 1934 —the definitive Art Deco beauty

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: ElfeJoyeux/Wikimedia Commons


Car: Alfa Romeo Carabo concept by Bertone from 1968 — leaves me speechless

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Bertone


Train: an Aerotrain developed in France from 1965 to 1977 — its raft portion makes me shudder

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Aerotrain


Aircraft: Chance Vought F4U Corsair, 1940 — its inverted gull wing makes the Corsair the most beautiful WW2 aircraft

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Jet: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird from 1966 — no words needed

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Lockheed Martin


Spacecraft: OV-104 Space Shuttle Atlantis — retired in 2011 – the last ship to carry US astronauts into space

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Toy: Matchbox OV-104 Space Shuttle Atlantis — because, you know, I need a tiny orbiter to live with

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Bridge: Manhattan Bridge, built in 191 2— how can you not love the first modern suspension bridge?

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Ancient monument: Bayon temple from 12th-century Angkor, Cambodia — a mysterious smiling belle hiding in the jungle

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Skyscraper: Chrysler Building, built in 1930 — these details speak for themselves

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Non-manmade object: Willamette meteorite (billions of years old) — the American Museum of Natural History lets anyone touch and feel this timeless beauty

25 of the Most Desirable Objects Ever Made

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo