I love a nicely-replicated object with a side order of sentimentality. For their Future Fossils series, husband/wife design duo, Bughouse (aka Rebecca Johnson and Jeff Klarin) gave gravitas to iconic bygone gadgetry. Children of the 70s/80s and pre-iPhoneography camera-enthusiasts will enjoy revisiting the 8mm, 16mm, 35mm and Polaroid cameras in particular.
The Future Fossils are individually hand-cast in CEMENT and then color-stained to bring out the subtleties. Open editions keep prices down, so a 9″x9″ 16mm. camera multiple costs $125 and a 5″x4″ Atari joystick is just $65. Each replica is sized to match the original model, though I imagine it would be much more painful if dropped on your toe.
This camera art goes in a different direction from Jason Hull who turns vintage, inoperable cameras into functional nightlights. Future Fossils are most certainly inoperable objects. (They’re also really well done and detailed.) You can still find many of these pieces in their original forms on eBay and at thrift stores, but if you want something a bit heavier, you can’t beat a concrete camera. Click through for more images or head over to Bughouse to make an acquisition.
[If you dig nonfunctional camera aesthetics, but want something softer, you may be interested in these plush cameras.]