Berlin based Björn Meier created a minimalist, light, modular shelf-system named Dike. Dike is composed of several components, each made of a coated top and bottom shelf, two side elements of acrylic glass. The rear and blind are made of aluminum. The system invites you to make your own composition. The open transparent shelves encourage us to store beautiful and well crafted objects though. Else it is hard to keep the clean, uncluttered appearance. Meier founded his Berlin Product Design Studio in 2007, after his graduation in product design from the University of the Arts Bremen in 2006. Photography by Axel Köhler
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Developed by Korean studio WV Design, the Holder Series is designed to improve the ease of management and organization, with the ultimate focus to create ease of access for all desk objects: Whether it is a pen or important documents, the Holder Series aims to reduce the trouble of finding, sorting and tidying. Combining powder-coated steel plates, natural plywood and aluminum plates, the design achieves an interesting balance both in materials and shape. I would most definitely benefit from this system!
Inspired by the shifting tectonic plates of the Bay Area, San Francisco-based, design studio Box Clever created Segment. The table’s top is made from custom 1/2″ thick concrete sections that form the structure. Between each section there is a narrow opening that continues down through the legs. The satin grey-blue colored steel frame emphasizes the lines of the channel cutting across the surface. These openings create a functional channel for a unique system of accessories and cord management. The set consists of a polished aluminum tray, a low copper dish and a brass bowl. Each object can be locked into the channel and gives the impression of floating above the table’s fractured surface. Segment meets the needs of modern lifestyle with a adaptable and versatile system of accessories and configurations that easily shift from work to leisure. Segment looks at how beauty and function can coexist and evolve from one scene to the next.
You know the situation that your desk is covered with piles of documents? For some piles can be an effective work method to keep track of their projects. But as piles grow deeper and taller they stop being useful. Industrial designer Leon Ransmeier created a minimalist desk of lacquered aluminum and steel that gives shape and structure to the habit of stacking. The Folia desk has storage surfaces that slide out like drawers but have open sides like shelves. These stacking trays are attached to runners along just one edge, providing more visibility and easier access than a full-fledged drawer. The contents of the desk remain in sight to a certain extent and so are never really ‘gone.’ The horizontal format is retained, preserving any inherent chronology, but the piles are suspended below the work surface, freeing up desk space - Ransmeier explains.
Match is a new lighting collection developed by the Spanish designer Jordi Vilardell & Meritxell Vidal for the established company Vibia. This innovative product stands as a new lighting concept based on co-creation. Match allows you to create structures arranged chaotically, automatically planned on-line and adapted to fit into the room and the space available. The result is infinite artistic configurations based on thin rods of aluminum and LED light terminals, forming a light sculpture that illuminates central themes of space and interior decoration. What I like most about Match is the contrast between its simple elements and the complexity of the result when you join them, creating chaotic sculptural combinations reaching out from the ceiling. It is available in matt graphite or white lacquer.
Designed for the German fashion label Studiorundholz GMBH, the architecture firm apool took on the challenge of a deep and narrow site in central Berlin to deliver the brand experience for the flagship store as well as a second home for the label’s owners. Obtaining as much natural light as possible was the priority hence the generous ceiling heights and spacious volumes. The architects’ approach to the exterior is interesting as it draws attention for its clean and somewhat austere facade made of high-gloss painted aluminum panels. apool refers to it making the location recognizable and replacing classic outdoor advertising. The 6.5m fully glazed sliding door is inviting and reveals the minimalist interiors that pique curiosity from the street while the operable shutter-like panels at the top level suggest a more private space. The scale and proportion of the street and adjacent townhouses are much respected in the sizes of these panels, which I really admire about the project, as well as the indication of public versus private use of interior spaces. Images and information courtesy of apool architects.
It is winter over here in the Northern Hemisphere, and although Spring is approaching in foreseeable time, I would like to present you Serie T. More than just a heater the manufacturer, Antrax IT, says. A piece of furniture that integrates into spaces with great personality but does not want to be the centre of attention. For me Serie T, designed by the internationally recognized Italian designer Matteo Thun, stands out in it’s basic and light appearance. The radiator derived its name from the T-shaped section and is available in various configurations, in both vertical and horizontal versions. The radiator is made from extruded aluminum which provides great heat output with a small water content, meeting the increasing needs of high heat efficiency.
Inspired by the art of the traditional Japanese form of archery, Kyudo is a minimalist floor lamp by German designers Hansandfranz for Italian furniture manufacturer Kundalini who interpreted its philosophy of focusing on the ceremonial aspect of the discipline rather than the targeted goal into its design. With its frame made of aluminum, LED lights run along the profile of the arc that resembles the bow. The arc is adjustable on a sliding track, allowing the direction of the light to move along the frame. So elegant in its form and proportions, it has been a favorite fixture of mine simply because it challenges how a traditional floor lamp is typically lit. It practices both in form and concept the state of shin-zen-bi, which means “truth-goodness-beauty”, the philosophy carried in the art of Kyudo.
Clopen is a simple little floating shelf with the neat storage compartment. Creative minds at Torafu Architects envisioned it looking like a solid wooden piece. The illusion breaks when the face panel slides open, revealing a hidden storage area. Designers explain: This shelf panel is constructed from elaborate aluminum parts, and at 34mm thick, it looks as if it’s made of natural wood. Attaching sliced veneer to a thin structure, we made space between two boards which can be opened using magnetic keys. You will not get a lot of storage capacity from this shelf, but it will give you enough space for some jewelry, documents and other valuables. Also – an ultimate secret stash item! Photography by Yosuke Owashi
I would like to share the hat and shoe rack Nostalgi, by Gunnar Bolin, with you. Created in 1937 this is a classic in the Swedish furniture history. I love the simple structure and appearance of the rack which is molded from recycled aluminum. Bolin founded Skoglunds Metallgjuteri in Anderstorp, Sweden and this rack was his first creation. Former employee Sten-Roger Bladh succeeded the rights of the classical products and continued in 2002 the traditional and artisanal production in Anderstorp under the name Essem Design. Now days Nostalgi is available in a range of 17 material and color combinations.
These wooden spectacle frames are the result of a collaboration between Milan-based designer Matteo Ragni and wood-enthusiast Doriano Mattellone of the MA-wood research laboratory. The glasses are called W-eye, and are made from layers of wood which have been coated with aluminum. This mixture allows the wood durability and flexibility, and makes for surprisingly lightweight frames. The glasses are also hinge-free, with no hardware to interrupt the flow of sensuous wood. The glasses come in a variety of styles and are available in six different shades of wood: ebony, zebrano, mahogany, cherry, ash and walnut. Each pair of glasses is hand-crafted and guaranteed to sit evenly on the face, ensuring perfect vision. It is the lack of hardware and integrity of material which attracted me to these glasses. The lack of hardware gives the frames a simple elegance; they look as if they have been effortlessly carved from a single piece of wood. The wood -the mahogany is my favorite- looks incredibly luxurious compared to the materials traditionally used in eyeglass design. W-eye pushes the boundaries of eyeglass design to give us a product that is both stylish and well-crafted.
Located in Tokyo, Japan, the Long Tall House is designed by the Japanese architecture firm SPACESPACE. The home is sandwiched between two traditional residential buildings in a busy neighborhood. This home acts as a clean white escape from the chaos of the big city. As the name suggests, the house is long and tall. Five stories span across the 4 x 16 meter site. The home is partially built into a retaining wall, creating the condition for two floors of basement. The basement levels are made from concrete, while the upper levels are clad in white timber. The north and south facades are covered with aluminum panels that can be raised or lowered to shade the street-adjacent windows. The interior is elegant and functional. A narrow spiral staircase provides the circulation between floors. White walls and hardwood floors provide a lightness and livability to the space. All of the storage is hidden within or behind the walls. This house truly illustrates how to make the most out of tight spaces. The architects took an unusually shaped lot and turned it into a wonderful family residence. This house is both simple and complicated: simple because of the calming materials and clean...