Yenwen Tseng’s Big Hands Clock is a simplified play on lines. The interconnecting hands that comprise the timepiece are connected through a central pin. There is an intention of exploring the perception of time where the two hands interact inseparably and how various expressions of time at every moment. A feature to appreciate is the hierarchy of size, and consequential function of the two hands. It is obvious, without being overt, that the series of hands are acting as hour and minute hands, without needing numeric indicators. I appreciate this subtlety immensely. Originally from Taiwan, Yenwen Tseng studied in Stockholm and later interned in New York, and eventually started his own studio in 2011. This is one talent to watch. Photography courtesy of Yenwen Tseng.
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City Rain designed by 25togo Design is the ultimate combination of androgynous minimalism. The fusing of glass and concrete materiality make for an texturally interesting drinking experience. Made as a labor of love, City Rain is manufactured through the process of mixing the right amount of concrete, and painstakingly hancrafting the set. Taiwan-based 25togo Design studio have this item available through their website. The intention of their site is to turn exceptional ideas into functional everyday objects. City Rain is an exceptional example of this clear passion. They introduce products that tell stories or a fresh point of view by creating them as a designer as well and through selling them online. Practical, beautifully executed and texturally interesting, City Rain is commanding of a designer audience. I like this piece a lot.
Kaki side table has been created by Taiwan based furniture designer Kenyon Yeh. A lightweight and aesthetically austere piece, Kaki can serve to hold a vase, flower pot, books or a lamp. It can even be used as an improvised writing desk by those of us who live in confined spaces. Kaki is made of powder coated metal and consists of only two elements - a bent tabletop, which rests against the wall for added stability, and two legs. I love the simplicity and versatility of the piece. Its neutral design and light frame make it easy to move around and apply to various tasks.
There have been many exercises in paring down the wallet to the ultimate minimalistic design, but I believe London-based Taiwanese designer Chieh Ting Huang has arrived at that ideal quite successfully. Nothing Fancy is a collection of non-stitched minimalist solutions for the wallet, re-imagined for the contemporary lifestyle. Using only a foldable leather hide template and rubber bands and eliminating everything else (stitches, snaps, zippers, etc.), Chieh delivers a wallet, a coin case, an iPhone holder and a passport holder within the same principles. The result is a well thought, beautifully executed and impeccably styled range of products that has left the design blogosphere wishing for one of their own. My personal favorite is the passport holder and I’m especially in love with the customized rubber bands!
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.
Distinguished Japanese design agency Nendo have created the Dancing Squares collection consisting of a series of minimalist furniture pieces based on the concept of motion. Nendo describes some of the designs: One part of the bookshelf is frozen in a tumbling cascade, creating variety in the way books can be stacked. The stool’s twist endows it with rich visual play. Lamps roll about but are stable, thanks to their planes, and cast light in many directions. The table leans as though falling away, but maintains its function as a table, and makes objects placed on it seem to sink into its folds and sways. The sense of motion, or rather dance is achieved through the clever positioning of the planes, resulting in a combating balance. My personal favourite would have to be the square open basket. Nendo have also recently introduced the Dancing Squares collection to the NTCRI exhibition in Taiwan as a combination piece.
Taiwanese design studio QisDesign have created the Coral Reef Light. The chic and elegant LED light has been produced as a silver-coloured table lamp and a metallic floor lamp, both composed of aluminium alloys and polycarbonate. Inspired by the natural theme of the coral reef, the light is a collaborative project with Taiwan’s National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium (NMMBA). Activated by a touch dimmer on the side, the Coral Reef table lamp features an adjustable lighting platform enabling users to simply change the lighting angle. The floor lamp however, features three overlapping lighting layers, each of which can be activated independently by being swivelled. This cleverly symbolises an ever-changing natural light movement of which the design is based.
Taiwanese designer Wiyono Sutjipto, better know as Kenyon Yeh, urges people to go outside and site down on something else than a flat, man-made surface. Touch the natural surface, he says, and experience the nature we are so much seperated from. With his Frame Seat, he tries to lower the threshold for all of us. Makes you wish it was spring again…