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  • Ribbons for Japan by John Pawson
    Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. British minimalist architect John Pawson has designed a ribbon to support the disaster relief effort, following the earthquake and tsunami, earlier this month. Electronic version of the design is available to download for attachment to websites and emails. A donation can be made online. […]
  • Crème
    The beautiful Crème timepiece by Taste very much lives up to its name. Made with real marble, each piece then has its own unique signature aesthetic, based on the pattern of the veins created naturally in the chosen face. Minimal, and housed in rose-gold detailing, this piece is effortless. Their ethos to create beautiful, timeless […]
  • Courtyard of the House
    Courtyards have long been a focus of residential architecture. From Italian courtyards designed to circulate air to the gardens of Japanese courtyards that brought nature into the home. Courtyard of the House follows this long tradition with an elegant and modern home centred around a tranquil void. Designed by Japanese studio Container Design, this home […]
    2015-11-19Jillian Japka
  • Chieut Table
    Minimalism can be routinely associated with abstraction and heaviness, an understandable marque considering the austereness of most works with said label; in contrast, talented designers like Seung Jun Jeong inhabits the other side of the spectrum, with utter lightness and visual trickery as his approach. Undeniable technical precision sets the Chieut Table apart as a […]
    2015-11-17Mateus Andrade
  • Glass Art Gallery
    Tucked on the corner of a residential street in Osaka is the Glass Art Gallery by Japanese architect Jun Murata. The space is a renovation of an existing building and includes a small exhibition space and a comfortable dwelling for working and living. The first floor houses the gallery, the second story warehouses the collection, and […]
    2015-11-12Jillian Japka
  • Guest House in Prague
    What is a typical guest room? Usually it’s a bed with very simple side tables and, hopefully, a fully-working closet. Any sense of style or design is rarely displayed or built upon. Flipping that dynamic on its head, Czech studios Mjölk Architeki and DDAANN teamed up for a noble cause: to create a welcoming room with […]
    2015-11-11Mateus Andrade
  • AILE Lamp
    Delicate and light, AILE is a desk lamp created by Ferréol Babin, a French independent designer based in Treviso, Italy. AILE is an impeccable prototype, made of aluminium, carbon fibre, paper and LEDs, and can be powered by both mains and USB plug. A flat LED source is hidden under the curved dome, made of paper, and […]
  • THE Soap
    A bar of soap is expectedly a straightforward product, as well as the packaging for such an everyday item. Normally stacked beside a vast wall of options in retail, colour is the preferred device to differentiate itself from saturated designs. Sometimes aiming for the complete opposite is the perfect antidote. Designed by Manabu Mizuno for […]
    2015-11-03Mateus Andrade
  • Little House Big Terrace
    Takuro Yamamoto’s Little House Big Terrace epitomises minimalist living. The main driver through the design process was firmly on creating quality of space. The real emphasis being on creating quality external spaces that would also act as internal shelters, but allow for a illusion of a greater footprint. Situated in Tokyo, Japan and typical of […]
  • Border Table
    Renowned Japanese design studio Nendo presented Border Table in a solo show at the EYE OF GYRE gallery in Omotesandō Tokyo during Tokyo Design Week 2015. This beautiful collection suggests a new relationship between space and furniture with a remarkable result. Nendo walked through the gallery and became stimulated by the elements of an interior that are […]
  • Minamisenzoku House
    Minamisenzoku House is an unassuming structure on a bustling neighbourhood street in Tokyo. Designed by Kobayashi 401, this dwelling projects a no-fuss composition that is not unfamiliar in modern Japanese architecture. It features many elements that have come to be residential standards in Japan’s large cities: a small ground-floor footprint, uncomplicated materials, and a largely opaque façade to maximise privacy. The structure […]
    2015-10-01Jillian Japka
  • Hikeshi Branding
    The choice of a mascot type representation of a brand is quite tricky, especially when a strong character is taken to the forefront of packaging design; everything rests on its shoulders. A Japanese brand taking this approach isn’t surprising though, but how it was done for Hikeshi is quite special and unexpected. Hailing from half […]
    2015-09-29Mateus Andrade