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product design

In 1950, when Games complained to the Cona Coffee Company that their coffee maker, designed by James Napier in 1840 and based on ‘Kipps apparatus’, was clumsy, he was challenged to redesign it. Teaching himself metal molding and casting methods, his elegant Cona Rex was exhibited at the 1951 Festival of Britain. It was made from the aluminium of redundant warplanes and heat-resistant glass. In 1962 he produced the ‘Table Model’ Cona using new, modern materials.

Ever since childhood, Games had been fascinated with engineering. He redesigned Gestetner’s duplicating machine in 1953, which sparked his interest in inventing his own copying processes. His final invention was pocket-sized, disposable and required no electricity.

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