This birch wood tea trolley was designed by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto all the way back in 1936. It debuted at the at the Paris World’s Fair in 1937. Aalto designed this cart for residential use. He placed it in the living room of the Villa Mairea (1937-1939). It is based on an earlier serving cart designed for the Paimio tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland Proper (1933), for which he first developed the closed-loop laminated birch frame. The large white wheels have black rubber treads and the trolly top is available in ceramic tile, black linoleum or white laminate.
Maarten P. Kappert
I love the two-tone, type-only design of the Stop The Water While Using Me! packaging almost as much as I love the concept. The designers, German agency KOREFE (Kolle Rebbe Form und Entwicklung), were given one dream of an assignment: Develop a brand for a high-quality range of cosmetics that meet the increasing requirements of an ecologically aware society and set new standards in environmental protection. The innovation: the message is the brand. Do you think they did a good job? I do.
A proper reading lamp is essential when you want to read a book. Designers Tom Allen, Christian Vivanco and Yago Rodriguez form Barcelona’s The Emotion Lab. They developed Monsieur, a reading lamp designed to creating an intimate and personal atmosphere around your reading chair. With a single arm movement you can adjust its position, so the lights shines exactly at your book. The lamp has a small auxiliary surface, ideal for a book, a coffee mug or a glass of wine.
Having turntables in your room never seizes to be cool. And what better way to have them than in this stylish Hoerboard Scomber Mix DJ stand? Hoerboard is the brainchild of German designer David Kornmann. His intense search for simplicity and the removal of everything unessential has resulted in the creation of functional and visually pleasant products, of which this Scomber Mix is a perfect example. The design closely resembles that of the iMac, so it will match nicely with the rest of your interior ;-) The Hoerboard Scomber Mix can be customized to accommodate your classic Technics 1200′s as easily as your cutting edge mp3 turntables. All power cables are invisibly integrated into the body. Perfect! (Thx once again, Lorenzo.)
Kwartet is a modified version of the age-old Dutch card game Kwartet (which is not unlike the game Go Fish), in which the objective is to collect a complete set of four cards per given category. This version, which uses contemporary artworks grouped by theme, was conceived by Dutch artists Marijke Appelman and Koen Taselaar. They asked Tymen Cieraad and Jaap de Maat of Studio Joep Jacobs to take care of the design. Kwartet was produced in a limited edition of 300 decks. Cost of one deck: $ 35 (Hey, it’s art! ;-) Photography by Karina Bogaerds.
1px Clock is an iPhone app that shows time, ticking away one pixel per second. Each square is built up of 60 rows of 60 pixels: one for each second. As such, one square represents one hour, and the total of 24 blocks make up 1 day. 1px Clock was developed by Japanese web design firm E-Bird, and is available as a 6×4 version and a 2×12 version. Download the 1px Clock here (free!). No iPhone? It’s also downloable as a screensaver. (Thx, Derek!)
Going through the website of Mo+Mo Living is much like going through the secret blackbook of some professional stylist. And as it turns out, that’s not far from the truth. Brain and heart behind the site is Michelle Wentworth from Boulder, Colorado, and indeed: she runs a interior design consulting business. In her work, Wentworth combines the pared back aesthetic of modern minimalism with a considered way of living. On the Mo+Mo Living blog she openly shares her ideas, finds, and resources. Her goal: to inspire her readers to live more simply and to find beauty in the everyday. I like that.
Perhaps not the most minimalist book covers we’ve ever seen, but beautifully elegant nevertheless: this series of Virginia Woolf book covers by McKenna Kemp. The covers, a personal project of Kemp, are a simplification of the original handpainted Vanessa Bell covers. Oh, and the books are pretty good, too… ;-)
By no means does minimalist mean a fear of colour. Photographer Grant Hamilton (Iowa City, IA, USA) isn’t afraid of it either, judging by his polaroids. Colour just bursts out of his photos. This is especially true for his Geometries series, in which he zooms in on some very mundane objects, finding beautifully geometric shapes. Hamilton scans his polaroids and blows them up to a larger prints, which he sells at his web shop. Worth a look!
Donna Wearmouth, a graphic designer and gruaduate from Northumbria University, designed these monochrome posters as part of her degree. For a fictional architect’s gallery, which she dubbed the Quadra Gallery, Wearmouth created the identity, stationary, exhibition guides, and these posters. I could really see this work, couldn’t you?
The idea behind the three-legged Platta side tables was to make a table with as little material as possible, and use that to its advance in terms of aesthetics. That’s what Antti Pulli says, who designed Platta. Pulli is a Finnish industrial design student at Helsinki’s Aalto University. He adds: I wanted to leave it simple and minimalist, while stating that sometimes the only decoration needed is color. The Platta tables may be thin, but are quite sturdy nevertheless. They are made from painted metal with colors that accentuate the simple but interesting form. Photography by Anne Yli-Ikkelä.
Three blades is two too many, is what designer Mark Gajewski from California, USA must have thought. Gajewski designed Wing in an attempt the reduce the ceiling fan to its very essence. He ended up with a single wing, while still keeping the air-moving performance up to par. It will be available in the summer of 2011, manufactured by Minka Aire.