With RIMA, by Germany based industrial designer Matthias Pinkert, one can now easily define the position and range of his desk illumination. By sliding any of the rings, placed around the central tube, in horizontal direction one turns on and off the LEDs. Additionally one can adjust the angle of light, intensity and light color by rotating a secondary ring on the base ring. You can also switch on a second lightning area based on the same principles. By selecting a small light area one can simply reduce the energy consumption. RIMA is awarded with a reddot design award in product design in 2010.
Archive of January 2011
Pritzker-winning Japanese architectural and design company SANAA joined Italian brand Alessi once again, this time to produce the Neko wrist watch series. The Neko (which means “cat” in Japanese) watch is made of Polyurethane and has no fastener, instead sporting tiny ears and feet, representing its namesake in a lazy stretch around your wrist. Very cute!
Something for the boys, Pure Black kitchen knife series produced by Stelton, designed by Holmbäck Nordentoft. The single piece of stainless, matte black steel will make anyone look like a master chef. This is going into my new kitchen, with Pure White knife magnet.
The Colour Clock by London based designer Jack Hughes is a downloadable screen saver that represents the time in rotating color with hexadecimal color values. As the 6 digit clock ticks, the background color changes to the corresponding hexadecimal color. It is simply beautiful! Follow the Colour Clock link to see it in action. You can also see that hexadecimal value by clicking the button below the time.
As we’ve all grown to expect from Raf Simons, his Spring 2011 menswear line exemplifies his expertise with tradition and his taste for the experimental. Exceptionally well-tailored clothes are equally contrasted and complimented by cinched waists, beautiful transparent fabrics, oversized, flared trousers, and jackets that are split down the back. Simons has a terrific understanding and sensitivity for the form of the body and makes clothes that enter a conversation with it. Sometimes the clothes are extremely agreeable with the body, and other times they are extensions of the body. In this line, we sometimes see both happening at the same time. I enjoy the overall subdued colour palette of this line, especially since it suggests that Simons’ occasional use of bright colours is both selective and deliberate.
Göteborg based Petter Danielson and Oscar Ternbom of design studio AKKA designed the Ola-table. A light-weight folding table, made of aluminium, that is easy to handle. You can easily store it by the wall in your office or at home and grab it when you need some extra work space. Ola is one of two joint winning projects in the 8th edition of [D3] Contest, an international competition for young designers organised by trade fair imm cologne. The Ola-table will be manufactured by MATERIA and will be launched at the Stockholm furniture fair in February.
Color Light is a DVD that transitions through the entire color spectrum in a 20-minute time span, with the possibility of pausing on a specific color to provide a certain kind of background light or set a mood. The work of Japanese studio Kyouei Design – which often creates whimsical, curious products – what Color Light does is surprisingly simple and lush in its infinite possibilities. The photograph illustrates a beautiful installation in the Shizuoka Prefectual Museum of Art, but I can easily imagine it as the minimalist decoration of a swanky party.
Going through the website of Mo+Mo Living is much like going through the secret blackbook of some professional stylist. And as it turns out, that’s not far from the truth. Brain and heart behind the site is Michelle Wentworth from Boulder, Colorado, and indeed: she runs a interior design consulting business. In her work, Wentworth combines the pared back aesthetic of modern minimalism with a considered way of living. On the Mo+Mo Living blog she openly shares her ideas, finds, and resources. Her goal: to inspire her readers to live more simply and to find beauty in the everyday. I like that.
Raf Simon’s Fall collection for Jil Sander is all about reduction, without fear of colours. The pureness and vibrancy are all very brave and stunning. The collection features takes its inspiration from the Amish handcraft tradition, mixed with beautiful fabrics. Love the end result, pure, Jil and Raf, at their best.
Designed by Chinese-born, German-based Yiran Qian, the Eye of the Storm is a very simple, and minimalist watch. The most obvious feature is the absence of the watch face, assuming this is not necessary to read the time. As you press the button on its side, two lights come up indicating the time in analog format. I love it. Yiran Qian says: A storm can be a violent, destructive natural catastrophe. But at the centre of a swirling storm is a core of calm and quiet – the eye of the storm. This watch design was inspired by the eye of the storm. At its centre is a void. The time moves around the void. 2010 winner of the Red Dot Design Award, Qian’s watch is still just a concept. Stay tuned for further information.
Loraine is an Amsterdam-based designer. She is prominently known for her minimalist styling, photography, and also for making beautiful fabric creations – even her packaging is very simple and stripped down to the basics. Her blog Grijs, with its very simple and clean design, is where she showcases her work, process and inspirations. Even her post titles are reduced to symbols and characters that reflect feelings and thoughts. For me, navigating her website is always a fresh, calming experience and the virtual equivalent of an open, airy, light-filled room.
Bench Rack is a great answer by Vik & Fougere to the lack of closet and storage space in the average apartment. It will make its debut at the IDS Prototype Exhibit in Toronto next week. Bench Rack is made of powder coated steel tube and a single piece of solid elm. Elm gives the product an interesting finish and a warm feeling. Visually, the continuation of the leg into the hanging bar makes the design very clean without anything unnecessary.