What is Your Holy Grail of Tech?

What is Your Holy Grail of Tech?

Mike Tyson
Oct 25, 2010

Many of us keep a carefully curated list of our "holy grail" items — the objects that trump all else, the best of the best. Whether it is an Eames Lounge or maybe a rare record, holy grails don't simply come and go on a wish list. They remain for years as you search for the perfect iteration of the item, hoping that once it crops up you have the financial backing to afford it. After the jump we'll share with you one of our holy grails, and we hope you do the same.

We have to award holy grail status to Dieter Rams's Audio 1 radio and record player, designed in 1962. Made in true Rams fashion, the design melds form and function into a beautifully minimalist aesthetic that is elegant yet boldly stylish. The modular units can hang vertically on the wall — a style that had not yet been introduced with consumer audio electronics. And of course, it is elusive as it is tasteful. Even if we were able to find one for sale, the price would surely match its prestige.

Right now our grails seem more of a dream than a reality. Perhaps years down the line it would be possible to actually afford anything that we fantasize about today. So rather than hopelessly pinching pennies, we resign ourselves to ogling at the images online or checking them out in various design exhibitions around the world.

Do you have any tech grails in mind? Perhaps you've already attained one and you'd like to boast about it proudly? Let us know in the comments.

[First image is of BDDW's beautiful Nixie Clocks]

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