The two-man team behind Fern Cycles really impressed me. Florian Haeussler and Phillip Zwanzig craft frames in Berlin, designed to handle their specific style of riding. In 2012 they toured throughout.
These were around when I was a kid and even older ones. Funny but you still see the lamp holder on bikes today. From a time when people remembered the need to have lamps on their bikes - I still have my Dad's bike lamps.