BeoPlay A9 is the latest creation of the renown electronics brand Bang & Olufsen and the winner of the prestigious iF award 2013. The laconic piece is a speaker, the one you wouldn’t want to hide. Here is how designer Øivind Alexander Slaatto describes this work: Sound travels in circles, like waves around a stone when it hits the water. Circles defines the grid of everything in this design and the result is obvious, minimalistic and poetic. I aimed towards a design, that looked more like a piece of furniture than as a machine. I love the versatility of the design. It can perform equally well as a free-standing speaker or a wall piece, mounted via an optional wall bracket. Check out the video to see how BeoPlay A9 was crafted.
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The Feather chair has been created by Swedish designer Jens Fager for the office furniture manufacturer Edsbyn. Based on a traditional office chair design, Feather is more lightweight and comfortable than its predecessors. The designer explains: The name Feather evokes elegance combined with spring and resilience. We wanted it to attract all consumers, from young design offices to the dining room of a huge factory. A chair for everyone. One of the notable features of this piece is the detachable rubber-covered armrests. They instantly add comfort and allow chair to be hung off the edge of a table when mopping the floor. The frame is available in chrome, white lacquer or silver lacquer and the seat and backrest are available in white ash, natural oak, black stained oak and natural birch.
Miami based company OCDesk, the self-proclaimed crusader for a more organized world (OCD – see what they did there?), created an OCDock – a neat iPhone docking station that attaches to your iMac and Thunderbolt monitors. The product’s most notable feature is the paper-thin cable that runs underneath the display stand, making it look wireless. Here is what designers say about OCDock on their already fully successful Kickstarter page: Less truly is more, but only so if the function is at the core. With these inspiring design principles in mind, we wanted to create a scaled back dock that would use as little material and space as possible while offering the most feature rich and comfortable docking and undocking experience. Designed as a seamless companion to Apple devices, OCDock is made using the same technologies and materials. It has been CNC machined from a solid piece of high-grade aluminium, glass bead blasted and anodized to match the finish of the iMac/Thunderbolt Display. The piece is also ergonomically conscious. It makes an iPhone easy to interact with while charging. Check out the video to see OCDock in action.
Kishu collection of minimalist objects by British designer Maya Selway has recently received second prize in the Object category of the Interieur Design Awards at the Interieur design biennale in Kortrijk, Belgium. These pieces, looking like unfinished drawings of vases, bowls, candleholders and bottles, are a triumph of balance and craftsmanship. Because of their lopsided nature the items had to be carefully constructed in order to remain upright. It is fascinating to see how our mind finishes the forms that designer has started… The pieces are made from oxidised copper, and the vase also has a shallow silver dish for holding water.
If you are suffering from the case of Costanza wallet, this item might cure you. Australian brand Bellroy came up with the minimalist Card Sleeve Wallet, offering traditional wallet’s functionality without the bulk. The piece is stripped from everything that can add volume. There are no linings, no zippers, only vegetable tanned leather and thread. Quick access slots on the front and back allow to keep your frequently used cards and cash at your fingertips. The pull tab in the main compartment helps you to produce the contents quickly and easily. I love the versatility of the design. The piece can be used as a slim wallet and/or a business card holder. It holds 2 to 6+ cards and comes in three colors – black, cocoa and blue.
This elegant streamlined sofa, called Mono, has been created by Norwegian studio Anderssen & Voll for the furniture brand LK Hjelle. The idea was to produce a piece so thin and compact that it would fit in any space. Instead of going overboard with padding, designers gave the sofa a flexible back that provides a surprising level of comfort. The result – an ascetic shape and a feel of a proper sofa in one beautiful item. I love the geometry of this piece. Looking almost like a padded bench, it is possibly the slimmest sofa I have seen to date. The line includes a 2-seater and a 3-seater and comes in a variety of colors.
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.
The Plus desk has been created by London based design studio Goodwin + Goodwin. Minimal, elegant and lightweight, the piece requires no fixings or fittings. It simply slots together. The legs create four pluses when interlock (hence the name). The studio’s background in graphic design and iPhone application design is noticeable in this piece. Made out of one solid, anodized piece of aluminium, the desk will be a perfect compliment to a Mac laptop. The Plus desk comes in your choice of five customized colors.
The Squarespace Note iPhone and iPad app, designed by Squarespace, Inc., is a simple and intuitive way to capture thoughts, ideas, inspirations, and transfer them to various services. The app syncs seamlessly with email, Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, Facebook and your Squarespace account, should you have one. It does all that in a clean minimalist interface, which is a thing of beauty in itself. What is interesting about the app is that it’s not used as a database, but a passthrough. It becomes the first place you go to send a note or a reminder to yourself. Squarespace Note helps anyone record their ideas on the fly. Writers, bloggers, and others can use the app to record inspiration and ideas as they happen. The lightweight mobile app immediately loads a blank canvas when it’s launched. Unbranded, black and white feel lets you concentrate on content, not presentation. I love how seamless Squarespace Note is. Everything is done with minimum effort on the user’s part. Uncomplicated usability that fully matches app’s minimalist looks.
Minimal Vase by Ding 3000, designed for the brand Discipline, is an object, stripped to its function. The piece is nothing but a wooden base and a steel thread that supports the flowers. Any cup, glass, jar, cruet or even a test-tube can be used as a water receptacle. Designers explain: How far can we go to reduce a vase without limiting its functionality? Thanks to your favourite glass or cup, Minimal Vase not only turns into fully functional vase but also into a very individual and private object. Minimal Vase is made of ash wood and steel. It comes in black and natural finishes.
Bulb Fiction is a simple pendant lamp, created by the renown Danish studio KiBiSi. Designers Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted draw their inspiration from the shape of a humble incandescent light bulb. By refining the familiar object and turning it into an exquisite minimalist fixture, they gave it a new life. Here is their description on the piece: Bulb Fiction is close to the original, but the classic shape has been scaled up and designed as a whole unit, uniting socket and bulb into one iconic shape. The same applies to the cord, which has been given extra volume using a thick white silicone cover. Bulb Fiction consists of a hand blown acid treated opal glass shade and an aluminium suspension with a soft, organic shape. I like the subtle humor behind the glass bulb-like shade, hiding a low energy light source inside. The adjustable cord allows creating groupings of any height and intensity – a great alternative to conventional chandelier.
This 100 square meter (1,076.4 square feet) apartment in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel is located in a historic building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is difficult to determine the building’s exact age, although the authors of the project, Pitsou Kedem Architects, speculate that it is hundreds of years old. Over time, it has gone through many changes and had many additions made that have damaged the original quality of the building and its spaces. The effort was to remove all the extraneous elements and expose the original state of this remarkable piece of historic architecture. Minimalist furniture in neutral tones made of natural materials completes the design. Here is how the architects reflect on the project: The central idea was to combine the old and the new whilst maintaining the qualities of each and to create new spaces that blend the styles together even intensify them because of the contrast and tension between the different periods. The historical is expressed by preserving the textures and materials of the buildings outer shell and by respecting the building engineering accord. The modern is expressed by the opening of spaces and by altering the internal flow to one more open and free and the creation of an urban loft environment along with the use...