Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair® Design since 1964

Founded by Iain Sinclair in 1964, Iain Sinclair® Design is a design house that conceives, designs and develops highly innovative consumer products for global markets, using an in-house team of specialist industrial designers, inventors and electronic/mechanical engineers. The team is directed by Iain Sinclair and Grant Sinclair.

Led by a belief in, and commitment to superior quality design and innovation, Iain Sinclair Design's team have created many world first products including: Liteblade (the first ultra thin flashlight of 1987), Flashcard (the multi-million selling, ultra thin flashlight of 1993), Smartlite (the first smart flashlight in 1988) and EON® (the first white LED flashlight of 1997). The company designs are in the permanent collection of several museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Science Museum of London.

The company has also designed hundreds of products for numerous other companies; furniture and lighting, clocks and watches, tableware, hi-fi equipment, intelligent games computers and other leading edge, electronics based hardware including over 100 products for Saitek Ltd (a leading computer peripheral and intelligent games console supplier) between 1980 and 1993. Other large companies the team have designed for include Sinclair Radionics Ltd (inventors of the world's first slimline pocket calculator, the world's first pocket television and the world's first mass market digital watch).

In 2013 the team have developed a collection of nine new products including updated metal versions of the hit product Cardsharp® (credit card sized folding safety knife) and an updated LED flashlight collection.

1965 DIGITAL CLOCK

manufacturer
Timeon Ltd
 
material
Acrylic
 
size
120 x 80 x 70mm
 
status
Production ceased
 
R.S.P
£5.19
 
description
The world's first digital clock. An electromechanical device featuring orange, valve like nixitubes that glow through the smokey block of black acrylic.
 

1967 MICROVISION II POCKET TV

manufacturer
ITT, USA
 
material
Injection molded plastic sheet aluminum sleeves
 
size
200 x 230 x 50 mm
 
status
Prototype
 
R.S.P
N/A
 
description
Sub-miniature pocket television set used technology licensed from Sinclair Radionic's Microvision (the world's first pocket TV set of 1966). Spring loaded protective screen collapses as light shield sleeve is moved forward. Controls pop out for operation.
 

1967 NEOTERIC 60 AMPLIFIER

manufacturer
Sinclair Radionics Ltd
 
material
Solid rose wood control panel, aluminum push buttons, gold plated rotary controls, sheet steel body
 
size
200 x 230 x 50mm
 
status
Production ceased
 
R.S.P
N/A
 
description
Integrated stereo amplifier combined a high quality pre-amp and power amp in one small, unique design. The product featured in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 cult classic film 'A Clockwork Orange'.
 

1972 EXECUTIVE CALCULATOR

manufacturer
Sinclair Radionics Ltd
 
material
Injection moulded plastic
 
size
140 x 55 x 9mm
 
status
Production ceased
 
R.S.P
£79.99
 
description
The world's first ultra thin pocket calculator used LED display technology and small hearing aid batteries combined with special circuitry. The product is included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Science Museum in London.
 

1975 BLACK WATCH

manufacturer
Sinclair Radionics Ltd
 
material
Stainless steel / plastic
 
size
30 x 25mm
 
status
Project
 
R.S.P
N/A
 
description
The world's first mass market digital watch concept used LED display technology and small hearing aid batteries combined with special circuitry. A lower end plastic version was used for production models (not designed by Iain Sinclair).
 

1979 LUPUS AMPLIFIER

manufacturer
Tangent Acoustics Ltd
 
material
Extruded sheet aluminium
 
size
350 x 250 x 100mm
 
status
Production ceased
 
R.S.P
N/A
 
description
High fidelity hi-fi range included pre-amp, power amp, record deck and tuner. Folded extruded aluminium casing doubles as a heat sink.
 

1980 PALLADIUM GAMES CONSOLE

manufacturer
Promotors Ltd, Hong Kong
 
material
Injection moulded plastic
 
size
240 x 60mm
 
status
Production ceased
 
R.S.P
N/A
 
description
Video games computer to rival the classic atari 2600 of 1978. Product supplied with twin detachable joysticks for 2 player gaming.
 

1983 KASPAROV CHESS COMPUTER

manufacturer
Saitek Ltd, Hong Kong
 
material
Injection moulded plastic
 
size
Board 200 x 200mm
 
status
In current production
 
R.S.P
N/A
 
description
Powerful chess computer.
 

1984 WAFER PERSONAL COMPUTER

manufacturer
Saitek Ltd, Hong Kong
 
material
Injection moulded plastic
 
size
400 x 200 x 40mm
 
status
Project
 
R.S.P
N/A
 
description
Low cost personal computer to rival the Commodore 64. Stackable modules increase power and features.
 

1987 LITEBLADE TORCH / FLASHLIGHT

manufacturer
Maison International (HK) Ltd
 
material
Brushed stainless steel / plastic lens
 
size
117 x 76 x 5 mm
 
status
Production ceased
 
R.S.P
£30
 
description
The world's first ultra thin flashlight featured a row of sub-miniature, incandesent bulbs combined with a replaceable, flat polaroid battery. The product was launched at the Frankfurt Gift Fair in August 1988 and gained a Design Plus award.
 

1993 FLASHCARD TORCH / FLASHLIGHT

manufacturer
Maison International (HK) Ltd
 
material
Cardboard
 
size
90 x 69 x 2 mm
 
status
In current production
 
R.S.P
£5
 
description
The world's first disposable ultra thin flashlight featured twin sub-miniature, incandescent lamps combined with a flat polaroid battery. The product is included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.