In 1948, Charles and Ray Eames presented their first collection of moulded plastic chairs at the New York Museum of Modern Art during the International Competition for the Design of Low-Cost Furniture. The competition focused on: The need for well-designed, moderately priced furnishings for the vast majority of people; furnishings that could be easily moved, stored and cared for, thus meeting the demand of modern living. In addition to these concerns, the chairs were designed to be mass-produced. The Eames team were careful to design these chairs so they would look great in large quantities, such as in auditoriums; minimalist in their overall uniformity. Today, the moulded plastic chairs are being produced by Herman Miller in recyclable polypropylene, and by Modernica using the original fiberglass moulds.
Search results for “Plastic”
Sleek, simple and stackable, the AMAC plastic boxes have been in production for over 50 years since Gene Hurwitt introduced them to the pharmaceutical industry. They were soon adapted by Andy Warhol and today are a part of MoMA’s permanent design collection. AMAC themselves put it quite perfectly: An elegant expression of modernist simplicity, stripped of adornment, and almost invisible except for its utility. The iconic boxes come traditionally in transparent plastic, but the brightly colored opaque set is my personal favorite!
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.
Iconico portable speaker, created by Héctor Serrano for French brand Lexon, is a thing of visual and functional simplicity. Intended to be used with mobile phones, it connects to an audio source via a 3.5 millimetre stereo audio cable. And if you want to silence Iconico, simply turn it over and muffle the sound against the table. No buttons to push, I like that. Here is what designer says about the piece: It’s a playful, intuitive and simple object to listen to your music everywhere in high sound quality. Iconico is made of ABS plastic and comes in dark grey and white.
Italian abstract artist Agostino Bonalumi is renowned for his estroflessioni works or painting objects from 1960 to present. They are essentially made from structures and frames, which, when placed at the backs of canvases, causes them to stretch and deform, creating plays on light and shadow. The result allows the viewer to actively participate in each three dimensional piece. It is a collection of Bonalumni’s recent painting objects that I would like to share with you today. From 2010 to 2012, he has created these elegant and deceptively simple acrylic on canvas works. Gallery Vedovi, where Bonalumi’s work was recently exhibited, writes: Bonalumi uses special substructures in wood or metal to break the evenness of the canvas that lent it a plastic relief, thus allowing to capture light and to throw shadows on its own. The strength of these geometrical shapes is enhanced by the monochrome in a homogeneous, nuance free and flat colour. I would love to check out one of his exhibitions in the future. If any of you have had the pleasure, please share your thoughts.
Undoubtedly many of us have been keeping an eye on the time during our New Year celebrations, and so I thought it fitting (being the first post of 2013 here on Minimalissimo) to feature this beautiful impetus for reading the time. Designed by Minimalissimo-favorite Naoto Fukasawa for production by Magis in 2011, Tempo is a plastic wall-clock that has an all-white ground with details punctuated by a single color (orange, brown, black or grey). Despite the absence of a second-hand, the clock makes an audible ticking sound. Its graphic (almost drawn-like) quality, the rounded shapes used on the face and the use of depth give this otherwise minimalist piece a softness and playfulness that I very much enjoy. For Magis, Fukasawa also designed a reductionist cuckoo clock, titled Cu-Clock.
During 5 years London based studio Industrial Facility and LaCie worked together on Little Disk Hard Drives. The project covered over 10 product variations, ranging from 1.3” to 2.5” drives, and capacity’s from 30GB to 1TB, leading to a holistic design language. They aimed to liberate the drives of all unnecessary details, and making them more reliable. Some might say the products were too simple – but over time, they created a greater sense of value and relevance for their application. The hard drives, varying sizes and capacity, are small minimalist boxes without joints or hinges. When you remove the cover, an integrated USB cable, sockets, a back-up synchronisation button, adapters and voltage plugs are revealed. Each hard drive is made from ABS Plastic. For the makers it was important that the drives involved no paint in their finishing, resulting in easier recycling of parts, and a more authentic wearing of use over time.
Stiff is a product design company based in Sweden, focusing on plastic as the core material of their designs. Launching themselves initially as pipemakers, they’ve recently uncovered the Stiff Pipe, the world’s first plastic pipe cast in one piece using polished thermo plastic. Tobacco smoker or not (not, in my case), you can’t help but appreciate this product’s sleek design and beautiful swanky colors. The pipe is equipped with a briar wood tobacco chamber and is a result of the mixture of industrial know how and hand made techniques, a hybrid that is always appealing and refreshing in an industrialized world. The Stiff Pipe Billiard limited edition was launched in Tokyo November 3rd, sold in numbered wooden boxes and coming in three minimalistic color combinations. According to the designers: Pipe smoking is a guilty pleasure, one that isn’t necessarily good for you but brings a certain quality to life. It should be approached with a Dieter Rams-like ‘less, but better’ attitude, making sure that every drag counts.
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.
I love the fluid lines and light profile of the JUNO chair by James Irvine. The Milan based Irvine created the lively chair for the Italian manufacturer Arper and was presented early this year during the Salone del Mobile 2012. JUNO is made of plastic cast produced through single gas assisted injection mould. Juno enjoys all the benefits of simplicity and uniformity but with a clever twist. The chair is created for both indoors and outdoors and can be used in residential and commercial spaces, Irvine explains. What I find great is that Juno shows that a plastic chair, in contrast of what one often sees, does not necessarily look cheap. The JUNO chair is available in four different forms: solid or open back, with or without armrests. All stackable to accommodate large-scale use and storage. One can choose from white, sand, anthracite, orange and yellow.
This stackable, color-coded stationary set is designed by Adrian and Jeremy Wright of DesignWright studio, in collaboration with Lexcon. Called Buro desk accessories, this collection is designed to unite the items commonly found on one’s desk. Most desk items clutter our desks and rarely match, but this set gives a sense of coherence to our desks and the objects we use everyday. The desk accessories are made from green, purple, or grey plastic with a rubberized finish, and feature the name of the item on the side. This collection would look great on my desk! I love the simplicity of the shapes and the way each object aligns with the others. The items can be organized in many ways, much like a stack of books. The color gradient is a nice touch; it allows each object to feel unique while still fitting with the set as a whole. This design adds an element of sophistication and style to utilitarian desk accessories.
Sixties is a table lamp designed by the Russian industrial designer Maxim Maximov. As its own name indicates, the lamp has been inspired by the designers of the 1960s, particularly the works of Dieter Rams, as well as displaying a strong resemblance to a pipe or a bendy straw. The design is very simple and has no unnecessary details, but at the same time the result is very useful because with its adjustable neck you can direct the light where you need it. The Sixties lamp has been made in plastic and is available in a variety of colours.