I present you the Zero Chair, a minimalist chair made out of one sheet of aluminium with just three cuts and two folds. At first the chair makes a ‘cold’ and ‘metalic’ appereance. But when you take place it shows you a different personality: resilient and playful. A chair with a personality. The Zero Chair is part of the aluminium collection by DoroDesign. The chaise longue and coat rack follow the same precise cuts and clean lines. The Zero Chair was the first self-produced furniture piece by Dorodesign, an Italian design firm founded by Dario Olivero and Stefano Ollino.
Search results for “Zero”
Fast becoming a Minimalissimo favourite, London design brand Minimalux, who produce modern collections of desk accessories, has branched out to design its first and quite stunning range of jewellery called Zero. Zero is a simple jewellery collection of solid metal bands forming a single, subtle style for both men and women. The items, all of which are mirror polished by hand, are also void of any embellishment, detailing, or decoration – other than the subtle machine engraved brand mark. Produced in Hatton Garden, London, Zero has an understated elegance, which I really like about the designs. In particular, the men’s silver ring. Photography by Peer Lindgreen
This donut right here is radiator Zero Otto. With its round, sensual curves it is an interesting alternative to the regular square radiators. Zero Otto was designed by Francesco Lucchese for Italian heating company Antrax. It comes in a single and a double version, which you could place horizontally and vertically. The single element has a diameter of 80 cm, the double version measures 80 cm x 140 cm. It is these two versions which inspired the name: Zero Otto is Italian for Zero Eight – the two shapes.
The Zero Bike was designed in 1988 (!) by Makota Makita and Hiroshi Tsuzaki, then students at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Rather than spokes around a hub, this concept bicycle has wheel rims cradled by magnets, using the principle of magnetic superconductivity, also used in high-speed trains that are suspended above rails. Not only does it look mighty interesting, the absence of spokes it is beneficial for the aerodynamics of the bike. Less is more! ;-)
Designed by Japanese master Naoto Fukasawa, the ±0 (Plus Minus Zero) wire ware collection consists of beautifully simple black wire tableware objects (a bread basket, a toast stand, an egg cup and an egg carton) that you wish you’d thought of first. Plus Minus Zero seeks, essentially, balance as a leitmotif. With their brand and their ±0 symbol they want to communicate the concept of just right - be it in shape, in size, or in price. ±0 believes that designing things that coexist together is natural. It’s not just about matching colors or shapes; it’s about designing the harmony between these devices and life. Photography via designboom.
Can is an excellent lamp collection designed by the Stockholm based architecture and design studio, TAF, for the Swedish lighting company Zero. The lamp works as a can filled with light. By keeping the light inside the lampshade the border between light and darkness appears much clearer. Can is made of cast steel which is lacquered in a bright yellow colour at the inside and available as pendant, table and floor lamp. In a low tech way the yellow colour also makes the lamp look lit even though it is off. I really enjoy the touch of yellow colour on the inside, which demonstrates how a great design can be achieved with a simple detail like this, resulting in added personality to the final product.
In two collections back at her eponymous label, Jil Sander has swiftly reclaimed her brand with her idiosyncratic style of minimalism. This means—of course—that the progressive work of Raf Simons at the brand has been pushed almost entirely aside, in favour of a stripped down, comparably bare-bones approach. Even the stark white stage is indicative of this fact, and it’s highly unsurprising that Ms Sander chose to take this course with her own label. The invitation for the Spring/Summer 2013 show contained the phrase, “Reset to Zero”. Funnily enough, her two collections remind me of her work with Japanese high-street retailer Uniqlo, but a close comparison of +J and this work would reveal a huge difference in quality and luxury, particularly in the construction and fabric. I like both of her collections as they both look extremely practical and wearable (in an every-day sense), and I’m a fan of her use of colour. But I’m most interested to see what direction she takes the brand forward. Regardless of whether it becomes as radical a success of Mr Simons or remains fairly stagnant, Cathy Horyn quipped quite accurately in the New York Tines that the favourable response to her work reveals a steady interest in minimalism in...
Japanese design studio Plus Minus Zero (±0) continue to impress with their homeware designs. The latest? This stylish Coffee Maker with a sublime minimal design, which I am only too happy to share with you today. Not least because of my love for all things coffee related. The small and compact coffee maker, comprising of a polypropylene resin shell and stainless steel removable plate, can extract two cups worth of coffee simultaneously. The only decorative feature is the small subtle logo at the back of the machine. Available in three colours – black, red and beige, the Coffee Maker 2-Cup measures H220.0 × W169.0 × D158mm and weighs a mere 1.0kg. Simple, but delicious.
This week, Japanese design studio Plus Minus Zero (±0) who produce household electrical goods and household items, released their latest product – the Mini Ceramic Fan Heater. Last year Minimalissimo featured their original fan heater, however the mini version is of course smaller, thinner (H210 x W105 x D148mm), lighter (1.2kg) and less expensive. Available in three colours – red, brown and blue, the Mini Ceramic Fan Heater appears to offer an undeniable simplicity and subtlety, even more so than its predecessor. How functionally effective this heater is though, I’d like to experience.
The colder weather is beginning to set in, at least in my city of Edinburgh, so naturally my thoughts turned to heating. Japanese design director Naoto Fukasawa of Plus Minus Zero, has produced these beautifully simple and modest infrared electric heaters. Made from steel polypropylene resin, measuring H310.0 x W330.0 x D165.0 mm and weighing a mere 1.5 kg, the smooth corned design of these heaters are simple in form and function. Featuring an easy three-step rotary selector switch; 800W (strong), 400W (weak) and off, they are available in a range of colours including light brown, beige, red, brown, pink and grey. Plus Minus Zero have also recently designed the infrared electric heaters with a steam feature, which offer a similar design in terms of its smooth corners, but vary in size and power. If anyone has bought one of these heaters, please share your experience.
It’s been getting a little bit colder in Sydney lately, so I decided it was time to get myself a new heater. In my research, I discovered a few heaters designed by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa for his brand Plus Minus Zero. Although I opted for the infrared electric heater, I particularly like the cermaic fan heater he designed, which comes in three colours: red, blue and an almost-black dark green (my favorite). I’m not sure how functional these heaters are, but as objects or sculptures I think it would be hard to deny how beautiful, simple and modest they are.
This series of plywood chairs are created by design and art studio ROLU, rosenlof/lucas, ro/lu (how maximalist is that name?! ;-) from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. These chairs must be amongst the most minimalist chairs I’ve ever seen. Obviously the designers have successfully limited themselves to the use of geometric, basic shapes, but what’s most interesting is the choice of material – and how this really shows the power of material. In this specific case, the use of simple, bare plywood is giving us the experience of naked form – zero decoration. You don’t look at them as comfortable, or practical; you just see pure shape. And that’s a pretty rare experience if you ask me (Thx, Jon!)