The construction of the 118 Wally Power was completed ten years ago and its design still appears futuristic. It was designed by Luca Bassani and with its external lines he achieved an optical effect whereby judging the proportions of the yacht is quite challenging. The final aerodynamic design was finished in the Manarello’s wind tunnel, where Ferrari develops its Formula One cars, resulting in a narrow, angular and aggressive appearance with air intakes resembling the fighter jets. In the cover it has a superstructure of glass and carbon fiber, making it impossible to see the interior, where there is three rooms in a loft-like space: the control panel, the dining room and the living room. Furthermore, it has three cabins for passengers, three more for the crew, bathrooms and the kitchen, all of which are designed in a great minimalist style. The most I value in this design is that in spite of the years gone by, 118 Wally Power is absolutely contemporary and innovative.
Jorge San Luis
Keep It Simple!
Brand Spirit is a singular project developed by Andrew Miller, with which he describes: Every day for 100 days, I will paint one branded object white, removing all visual branding, reducing the object to its purest form. I can purchase each object for less than $10, it can be something I own, something another person gives me, or something I find. It is really rather surprising how many brands are so easily recognizable by its products (Coca-Cola) and how they become aspects of our daily lives (American Express), or in the symbol of a generation (Nintendo), or a profession (Moleskine).
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.
The most important thing is the nature of the item, its essence. This is the way Jean Nouvel describes his project Flying Surface, because he thinks of this piece more as luminous object rather than a luminaire, looking for the essence of light. Flying Surface has been developed for the illumination company, Troll in 2006, and it is essentially made with a stretched fabric and produces a floating-like surface when its inside light is switched on. I think that this is perhaps the most minimalist lighting design that can be made. What can be more simple than a surface of light without anything else?
House with Slide is a minimalist and fun project developed by LEVEL Architects who thought primarily of the children during its design. This three floor residence is situated in Tokyo and its main characteristic is a continuous circulation route with stairs in one side and a slide in the other side to connect the different floors with access points throughout. The other notable characteristic is the large empty rooms to allow the children lots of clear space to play and enjoy without too many elements, avoiding any potential danger for the them. For this reason, many of the shapes of the house also are rounded. No doubt, I really enjoy the result of this original, well considered and bright project.
Monolithe is, in my opinion, a fantastic radiators line by the newly established brand Needo. It is a new concept, which cleverly combines heating and lighting with mobility. It has a an impeccable and elegant design, far different from that of traditional radiators. Monolithe has an innovative and patented system for optimally distributing warmth without energy waste, spreading a more homogeneous heat, which generates a perfectly safe atmosphere thanks to technology that does not dry the air. The recycled aluminium radiator also has an LED light on the top, completing its impressive design.
Around the web we can find many minimalist versions of logos and packaging of well-known brands, and these examples are usually made by students or designers as personal work. However in this case, Microsoft has developed a new logo, for its new operating system, Windows 8, based on the concepts of simplicity and clarity and using just a single blue colour. I think this is the most important point about the new logo. A representative explains: It was important that the new logo carries our Metro principle of being “Authentically Digital”. By that, we mean it does not try to emulate faux-industrial design characteristics such as materiality (glass, wood, plastic, etc.). It has motion – aligning with the fast and fluid style you’ll find throughout Windows 8. The new logo design has been made by Paula Scher at Pentagram and I really enjoyed it when seeing it for the first time.
Richard Serra is an American minimalist sculptor. Considered one of the best living sculptors, Serra and abstraction have always been associated and he is well known for his minimalist large-scale works of sheet metal. His outdoor sculptures have an initial process of oxidation and the color remains more or less stable over time. One of his more notable works is this mammoth sculpture, Snake, a trio of steel blades that create a curved path. It is permanently located in the largest gallery of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In 2005, the museum mounted eight of Serra’s sculptures to create a collection entitled The Matter of Time, and Snake has now become an addition to that collection. I had never previously written about sculptures before, but I find Richard Serra’s work really inspiring and powerful. And if you enjoy this you can also check another of Serra’s posts.
Coca-Cola Light is the sponsor of ARCO, the International Contemporary Art Fair that opens today in Madrid, and for celebrating it they have made a special edition of their classic bottle. It is made of aluminium with a pearl white background and has two of the most representative icons in Arco: a red circle that indicates when a work has been acquired and a label that describes the work, including the tittle, measures and the technique used. I really enjoy this kind of works where a brand reduce its image to the minimum expression.
Tina is a great bathtub designed by the multidisciplinary and successful Spanish studio Lavernia & Cienfuegos Design for Sanico. They clearly explain the objective they were looking to achieve with Tina: It responds to the new idea of bathroom, which has evolved from pure functionality into being a room where we spend more and more time and where the symbolic, entertaining and aesthetic side gets more importance. Considering the importance of this, the designers have developed an interesting contrast between rounded and comfortable shapes and others squared and straight. It is made of mineral resin, which makes the solid and smooth appearance possible, resulting in a beautiful design.
I really think this bookshelf is a fine example of minimalist design. It has been designed by the Belgian Pieter Desmijter and produced by the manufacturer and editor of design furniture, Feld. The bookshelf is called Liana because its design has been inspired by this plant: arising from the wall, curling the books and finally disappearing back in the wall. It is made from oak with a varnished or stained finish, and you can install it using just two screws. I’m particularly interested in Liana because the design reduces a bookshelf to a basic form to achieve its function, whilst using minimum material.
BE Light is an LED desk lamp for reading, designed by QisDesign, who have perfectly described the concept to us: With its clever hinge design, it can be fully extended to a height of 33.4 cm, and an angle of up to 135 degrees. It also provides adequate task lighting with white LED. When not in use, it can be folded down flat to a minimum height of 1.8 cm, taking up the least amount of space on a desk. It is made of aluminium alloy, which provides a greatly refined metallic finish. Yet what I find the most striking is its slim form and lightness when you are using it and how easily you can flatten it when you wish for it to go unnoticed on your desk.