Is there a word to describe an object that excels in form and function? I am trying to avoid very general words like great, superb or excellent.
The context is unclear, but I suppose the word something refers to an actual object.
I'd suggest the adjective "streamlined."
It's defined as:
- Designed or arranged to offer the least resistance to fluid flow; reduced to essentials
- Having flowing, graceful lines; sleek
- Improved in appearance or efficiency; modernized
For me, this word encompasses beauty in both form and function.
Gestalt? It is oft used in design circles I believe. It refers to wholeness in design with form and function firmly in mind. The most positive qualities of those individual parts making up the wholeness is presumed. It wouldn't make sense for such a word to refer to the ugly bits making up a wholesome object. One of those aesthetic form qualities could be the adjective beautiful.
I suggest calling it the acme ("The top or highest point; pinnacle; culmination") or the pinnacle ("The highest point"; "An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success") of perfection. Also consider terms like standout ("An exceptional or noteworthy person or thing"), superlative ("The highest extent or degree of something"; "An adjective used to praise something exceptional"), crème de la crème ("Best of the best; something superlative; the very best"), or ace ("Used as an exclamation to mean excellent").
Note a problem with some earlier suggestions: the terms elegant, well-designed, streamlined are sometimes used of items that have excellent form but fall down on function. But careful speakers might use the first two of those terms only of items that exhibit excellence in both form and function.