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Soon the flash card will evolve into a disposable form. All electronics will be contained on the tip of a detachable cardboard module. The Russian Art Lebedev Studio latest design comes in a form of a disposable cardboard USB stick called Flashkus. Made out of cardboard stock material, this USB stick comes in sets of four and its already separated by easy to break perforation. The paper surface allows you to easily write on the drives. Straight forward and minimal, I like that.


The German design label Studio Hausen has rethought a modern classic of design; the hanging shelf. The link shelf is stripped down to the essentials; a number of massive ash wood shelve boards and a set of black steel mounting brackets. I like the contrast of the natural wood and dark steel and the open structure of the shelf. The open character makes the shelf perfect to store and display acquired treasures. One can easily arrange, and expand, the elements of the shelf by himself adapted to his needs and space requirements and play with the many potential compositions. The link shelf was exclusively availabale in two variants through MONOQI and was a real hit.


We recently caught up with Håndværk to discuss the brand, its designs, fabrics, and future. Describe your path to creating the brand, Håndværk. We felt there was a void in the market for a label that was solely dedicated to high-end essentials — crafting each piece from the finest fabrics, and focused on the details as the foundation to function. From the start, the ultimate goal was to create a label that we would love as customers, something that would make us proud. Our passion for fine fabrics was the main force driving Håndværk’s creation. Håndværk is an interesting & unusual brand name. Can you explain why you choose it? It is a Danish word that stands for artisanal, a trade, or handy-work. We felt it represents the soul of the label. At the core, we want to highlight that pride achieved by the craftsman with his honest work. We want to convey that making quality garments is a humble and tedious endeavour, miles away from the hype of the fashion world. We have always been huge fans of Danish design, specifically mid-century modern furniture — with the focus on simplicity, honest materials and function. These values influence how we go...


Ina Jang is a photographer from Seoul, South Korea, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is incredibly delicate, making use of strong graphical shapes and achieving superbly elegant results. Jonas Cuénin from legendary magazine Camera has described Ina’s work as being somewhere between fashion and fine art, at the junction of photography, drawing, graphic design and sculpture. Since graduating from the city’s School of the Visual Arts in 2012, her work has been exhibited internationally and published extensively. She’s been nominated for numerous awards, including Print Magazine’s 20 Under 30 and Flash Forward 2011.


Australian designer Dion Lee’s 2013 Ready to Wear Fall collection is, in a word, beautiful. As an emerging talent, launched recently into the design scene, first in Australia, and now capturing fans globally, his work is modern verses classic, structured verses fluid, understated verses arresting. His most recent contribution to the world of adornment is his 2013 Ready To Wear Fall 2013 collection, which is a fusion of the evolution of him as designer thus far. Typically known for his feature of neoprene shapes, 3-dimensional printing, recently launching a line with glow-in-the-dark string dresses, this collection is said to have been not as flashy as the last one. However, I see the further experimentation, with the technique of felting wool into mesh, as a continuation of his aesthetic journey. I see the restraint as a obvious development also. He gave a bit of unexpected lift to certain silhouettes. Lee is a rigorous thinker. I am unashamedly in lust with Dion Lee’s work, and rightfully proud of his Australian roots also. Images Courtesy of Style.com


The great and ever inspirational creative director Fabien Baron, under his full spectrum design agency Baron & Baron, has created a quite incredible range of minimalist furnishings for the Milan based design firm, Cappellini. The range of designs include a variety of sofas and chairs, one of which is a slender lounge chair, as well as storage units and tables. All of which result in an elegant combination of materials and exceptional sculptural quality. Such beautiful proportions.


Logical Art, a London based design studio had the idea of making technology disappear in the form of these Empty Memory flash drives. The absence of a portion of the drive alludes to what might hold the ‘memories’ is replaced with 2 minimal elements of emptiness: Transparency, which is a clear plexi attached to a stainless brushed or mirror finish and Structure, an asymmetrical hollow frame in a stainless steel finish. As one of the designers Yoo Kyung Shin describes: What is the physical boundary of an electronic device? While function was detached from its form, the outline it needs to be or it supposed to be can be different. As flash drives was made extremely small, the Empty Memory was given a hollow space, implying the invisible technology. Holding up to 4GB of digital storage with a 2.0 USB speed, I admire how these poetic creations stand out in their beautiful finishes and solid, elegant forms while reminding me how little hardware is actually required to hold that much memory.


I hope you are willing to travel with me today and explore a little magic that is hotel Habita MTY. Located in the northern part of Mexico in Monterey and with a view of the Sierra Madre mountains, the hotel is a stunning result of collaborative work by architect Agustin Landa and interior designer Joseph Dirand. Modern architecture is supported by all black and white interiors and materials such as concrete and dark wood throughout only add another layer of sophisticated luxury. Strong design statements such as the custom mirror wall behind the reception desk or masculine platform beds are all part of the Habita MTY experience. And of course, one cannot forget the Poolbar which includes two infinity pools and hard to ignore views of the city. I’m always on the lookout for new, modern hotels but many times wonder what will happen to their immediate, flashy image a few years later. Considering Habita MTY was built back in 2008, one can appreciate its smart design choices that are deserving the many design awards it has received.


The Dome Table Lamp by Todd Bracher is a charming lighting solution. The lamp was inspired by the phases of the moon and its contrast between light and shadow. Bracher designed the lamp to be a perfect half-sphere so that it is evenly lit on all sides. Just as the moon’s source of light is the sun, the perfect globe shade of the lamp is illuminated by its “sun” within, the light bulb. Bracher takes an honest approach to design. His Dome Lamp is all about achieving flawless light in a thoughtful way. The lamp doesn’t need any extra elements, aside from the four ideal colors. The design is simple and sleek. A quiet lamp like this would be the perfect addition in my bedroom.  It is not too bright and not too flashy, just delightfully stylish.


Ora-Ïto, the brand name of Paris based designer Ito Morabito, created a mineral-inspired letter opener and paperweight set for Christofle. The letter opener has a primitive form and recalls a flint eroded by time. The paperweight looks like a cobble polished by the sea with its soft, round, shapes. Like other creations by Ora-Ïto the opener and weight exude luxury. The evident form of the opener and weight are understood in a flash. The unobtrusive, timeless, design make this set perfect for your study room or desk.


Why not? Wally-Hermés believes in a new way of navigating slowly on the sea with genuine environmental and ecological values. The WHY yacht concept was created through a partnership between high fashion house, Hermés and yacht builder, Wally. The living space, built on three decks is intended to meet the human needs of space, light and shade with advanced sustainable technologies. The 58 metre-long 38 metre-wide, pared-down yacht is powered by a diesel electric engine that produces solar electricity to manage the boat. “We didn’t design a boat, we gave shape to an idea – there are no excesses, nothing is superfluous, the impact on the sea is minimum.” Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director of Hermès. There is something fabulous about indulging in absolute freedom with this life of quietness and gala affair. One caveat: cutbacks and timidity is positively, my order of the day.


This minimalist web design for the first edition of A Design Film Festival 2010 is from SILNT, the design studio of Felix Ng and Germaine Chong. The festival website is designed in a single-page horizontal scrolling format – using just simple html and javacript. The result is a website that is lightweight, allowing it to load quickly without any unnecessary images, script and flash. The typography is set in large, glorious Helvetica – with all extra content neatly hidden away, until revealed by simply clicking the “read more..” links. Our approach to the brief (as with all our projects) was to strip everything down to it’s simplest form – with as little design as possible. Instead focusing on the task at hand, to promote the films. The other work in SILNT’s portfolio is also very good.