Swedish label Tangent Garment Care stands for cleanliness with a conscience. Organic, biologically degradable, free of synthetic additives, deep cleaning and mild, their products treat your clothes (even the most sensitive natural fabrics such as silk and wool) with the attention and care that they deserve. Aside being great products, the branding is something rather special too. Simple, pure design by Swedish independent brand agency, Essen International. Tangent GC’s branding was developed by Essen’s Creative Director, Carl Johan Näs, who has also designed their new plastic series, which is due for release in October of this year. From the clean, descriptive labelling, to the beautiful, fitting typography, every one of Tangent GC’s products impress.
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Nordic House is a a dry-cleaning company based in San Francisco who employed the branding talents of Anagrama from Mexico to develop the identity of its shop. Emulating Scandinavian design of strong geometric forms and a clean type within the colors of the cool nordic landscape, the result is this strong and minimal identity in all its collateral. It is as if the product, which is your dry-clean goods, will be delivered with the same level of freshness and clarity. I’ve always been a fan of Anagrama’s work. Their designs are often thoughtful and creative and Nordic House is just that: simple and effective.
This elegant lamp has been created by Berlin based designer Uli Budde for Slovenian lighting brand Vertigo Bird. Inspired by traditional oil lamps, the piece produces warm diffused light. The effect is achieved by the three simple elements – a bulb, a cylindrical base and a thin diffuser, leaning over it. Here is how designer describes the piece: The lamp’s light source is situated inside a cylindrical base. Light shines upwards and lights the reflector, which tilts forwards, re-directing and reflecting a diffused glimmer of light. If you look at the lamp full face, it resembles an air balloon (hence the name). It is made from lacquered aluminium and plastic and is available in white or yellow.
Inspired by traditional ladders, former Konstfack student, Yenwen Tseng created the Ladder Coat Rack. Last year the Taiwan based designer founded his own studio. You can easily arrange this light-weight rack according to the use and space arrangement. The rack can stand alone because of a pair of hidden hinges and offers numerous ways of storing your clothes. Place it leaning against the wall it you have a new way of how a coat rack could be. Later this month, September 20-23, Yenwen Tseng will be showing his coat rack during the upcoming London Design Festival at Tent London.
Last year international acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby – studio Barber Osgerby – created Tip Ton for Vitra. A solid chair made of polypropylene available in eight vibrant colors. The name refers to the two types of sitting experiences that characterize this innovative chair. From a normal position one can tilt the chair a few degrees forward where it then stays in place. In 2010 study proved that a forward-leaning sitting position, until now the preserve of mechanical office chairs, increase muscle activity in the abdominal and back areas, which improves oxygen supply to the body. Great for use at the dining table or in your home-office.
As a fan of New York-based practice Snarkitecture ever since their collaboration with fashion designer Richard Chai, I have been looking forward to their new installation in Chicago’s Volume Gallery, a series of everyday objects ‘confused’ in their original function, typical context and familiar materials, producing a collection of Fun. A lamp whose globe melts away from leaning onto another lamp. A coffee table frozen in collapse under the weight of a marble that ‘pours’ its heaviness out. These objects are kept in minimal colors and forms to convey the artists’ intention. Funiture reconsiders our reality, often centering on creating confusion – whether with familiar objects in unexpected contexts, or the dissolution of recognizable volumes into irrational forms. Snarkitecture, comprising of Alex Mustonen and Daniel Asham, has often brought the fields of topography and geography into a smaller, human scale. Shelves, smooth on the top surface to function as, well, shelves, are made out of fiberglass and wood while they resemble rock excavations on the underside. Consistent in their philosophy of making architectural sense in their work, what I like most about the collection is that it serves its purpose by reminding us that sometimes it is ok not to take architecture...
Malaysia-based designer Poh Liang Hock had an idea so simple, it almost pains to admit no one had thought of it before – a standing broom. Rather than attaching a poll to bristles at the base, Hock modified the business part of the broom, making it both a platform to stand upon and a weighted anchor to keep the broom vertical. Here is how he reflects on the time when the idea was born: My friends and I rented a house a few years ago. Like every other tenant, we had to clean our house from time to time. A broom, dustpan, and mop were all necessary tools in the process. However, amidst the cleaning process, the broom kept falling to the ground whenever I leaned it against the wall for some fresh air. As a result, I came out with the vision of solving this problem once and for all: how could I keep the damned broom from falling down. The Standing Broom concept is a winner of the Red Dot Award in Domestic Aid category.
Danish coffee machine manufacturer, Scanomat, have produced this incredibly minimal and innovative coffee brewer – Top Brewer. The beautifully simple stainless steel tap is designed to be built in any tabletop, fitting elegantly in its surroundings. Its foamer is installed at the very tip of the coffee tap. Fresh milk is heated on demand and foamed to the correct texture. The Top Brewer provides chilled drinking water, cold milk, and hot water for tea. Conveniently, it is also self-cleaning. Perhaps most interesting is the connectivity the Top Brewer has with the iPhone and iPad via Scanomat’s app. The app gives you full control of the machine, allowing you to choose from the available drinks as well as pre-programming your personal favourite. I think we’re going to hear a lot more about this in the future.
Naked Shapes is an exhibition of aluminum Japanese household objects from the first half of the 20th century, cleaned of dirt and any sort of make-up such as paint, labels or other excess decoration. The objects were collected over the years by industrial designer Seiji Onishi, gallerist Keiichi Sumi and graphic designer Nobuhiro Yamaguchi. A group of students from Parsons The New School for Design in New York did the cleaning. The items are currently on display at the Domaine de Boisbuchet, a country estate in the Southwest of France. Their website describes it well: In their simplicity, anonymity and material nakedness, they express a quiet yet clear poetry of everyday objects. Personally, I love the effect his cleaning has… So honest! What do you think?
A beautiful minimalist thought: to use qualities of the environment as part of your design, so you can leave out parts that you would otherwise consider fundamental. In this case, the Curt deck chair by Swiss design studio BERNHARD | BURKARD, uses leaning to do away with the minimum requirement of a third leg on a chair. The anti-slip coated stand provides safe grip on every surface, B|B ensures us, even though it looks dangerous. Now, if only the beach had more walls to lean against…
Green messages…yada yada yada. “Use less soap, save the planet.” Now we’re really talking green. There is something about a “just-add-water” cleaning solution that appeals to my green-minded conscience. Although I remain a city girl at heart. People Planet, a Canadian manufacturer of green cleaning products, has a winning formula for iQ, a household cleaner. The major ingredient of iQ is water. It comes in an abbreviated package; a spray bottle which you fill with tap water to dilute the cleaning product, a plant-based concentrate delivered in cartridges. After running out of detergent, just replace the cartridge and refill the original spray bottle with water. Add a little bit of water to your all-purpose cleaner and voilá—the “keep things simplest” vibe is in effect.
Beat Glässer runs the aptly named Glässer design firm in Zurich, Switzerland. Two pieces in his current design portfolio are truly minimalist: coat rack Zen and desk Lola. Both designs are based on an idea that is as simple as it is brilliant: Glässer recognized that he could reduce the number of legs to two, by leaning the furniture to the wall. The result is of a beautiful elegance. All of Glässer’s designs are manufactured by Mox.