Peter Wachter

Industrial Designer
Chicago, IL, USA

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  • "Going back decades to my travels to East Asia the almost universal adoption of the over the top orientation permits the housekeeping staff to provide the pointed fold over to show how much they care about your bum wad. Even the lowliest of American lodgings do it now. I've heard arguments like "do you really want to know the toilet paper was handled, "decoratively" by someone who just cleaned your bathroom? I do it at home for gatherings as a "study" and surprisingly no one comments on it. "
    on: Wild Claim that Toilet Paper Orientation Affects Consumption by 30% Gets 850k+ "Likes"
  • "Yes Mike. The light ensured that media was present before lowering the stylus. And it always lowered it at the precise location. So if an album was not present and PLAY was depressed the two arms would servomotor drive towards the center. Not finding any media the arms retired back to their resting location. Thus one didn’t have $200 to $$$ sapphire cantilevered styli bouncing along the radial disc supports. Ouch!"
    on: Bang & Olufsen Re-Releasing Classic Turntable Design from 1972
  • "I could see Cary Hustwatt making a 15 minute documentary walking us through the design evolution. The prototypes on the wall teach civilians a lot about product design and development. For years, moving around apartments, I brought along my little, but heavy, brass "Needle Shower". Who would have though that water conservation would lead to masochism. Nebia introduces a whole new way of thinking and demonstrates the power of a very diverse, wide-visioned team."
    on: The Incredible Pressure of Building a Shower Head—One With the Potential to Save a Billion Gallons of Water
  • "Gives me goosebumps. So much more than struggling to eliminate details on enclosures for portable electronics. Well done. This elevates the breadth of our profession. Flat pack shipping too. Must give those IKEA folks a bit of a lift, as it were."
    on: After Living in Tiny NYC Apartment, Australian Industrial Designer Invents Folding Stairs (and Furniture)
  • "Long ago, slightly out of warranty, they replaced the motor and proactively replaced a misbehaving dust cover to ensure that It landed delicately, silently when released from 4 inches. Without the 1.5 gram stylus skipping on the record. They charged me $2 since the belt they replaced was considered a “wear and tear” component like tires. They ran a motor test for several hours to guarantee the speed precision. $500 and $375 for receiver and turntable respectively in 1976 and worth every penny.  Luckily I have two cartridges. Hope they still work. New ones now equal or vastly exceed the cost of the original turntable with MMC20 cartridge. Design, engineering and manufacturing excellence at this level is  worthy of worshipful admiration. "
    on: Bang & Olufsen Re-Releasing Classic Turntable Design from 1972
  • "Time to un-mothball my Beomaster 3000, Black with rosewood and a matching Beogram 1800 turntable. 1976 acquisition. My first “Hi-Fi” , I mean Stereo. 100 watts with simulated quad sound. Operating the muscular toggle switches and the verniers (like the cursor on a slide rule but with little knurled wheels) for volume, tuning, balance was a real haptic joy. "
    on: Bang & Olufsen Re-Releasing Classic Turntable Design from 1972
  • "If you search "honeycomb board" you'll find a lot of sources of boards that are "pre-skinned" with kraft paper among other materials. If you don't have the machines to do the laminating of the skins the core material is virtually impossible to employ on an amateur level. BTW I hung kitchen cabinets in the 70's that had kraft honeycomb doors skinned in HPL (High Pressure Laminate or "Formica"). An aluminum version is popular in aircraft."
    on: Ford's Super-Strong, Lightweight Shelf Made From Honeycomb-Structured Paper
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