Looking for a nice minimalist desk? Switzerland based furniture manufacturer Colin SA created a plain desk, named T-723-X1, which is easy to move and simple to assemble. No tools or screws are needed to assemble the desk of FSC certified multiplex plywood. The T-723-X1 is available in a raw version, natural planed and grinded plywood, and a lino version, desktops covered with black linoleum. There is also a brother: the T-723-X3. The cross-beams of this version go through the table top and are visible on the desk top, whereas with the T-723-X1 they end right under the table top.
The details make the difference.
Osko+Deichmann, the product design studio founded by Blasius Osko and Oliver Deichmann, created a minimalist family of tubular steel furniture named “KINK”. While normally tubing used in furniture is bent the Berlin design duo rather functionally folded, dented and kinked the tubes in their furniture pieces. The traces that come with the steel process are now integral to the furniture’s design. The family consists of a table, chair, writing table, cantilever chair, sideboard, shelf, coffee table and floor lamp made exclusively of tubular steel, pine wood and clamps.
I love the simplicity of Revolver – a display and storage system based on a reversible shelf design. Revolver is made by the London based design studio Henny van Nistelrooy. Van Nistelrooy, 1979 – The Netherlands, founded his studio after his graduation in 2007. Revolver was developed as part of the retail design commission for Velorution – a London based bicycle store. The shelving system is very flexible and perfect to exhibit objects and garments. The combination of the wood (Douglas fir) and powder coated sheet metal works fine and give the system a subtle elegance. One can easily adjust the system by hooking one shelf above the other.
I love the vibrant, colorful, photographs in the Sky series by Eric Cahan. The photos, often without any reference to the earth, show a surreal limitless space and were taken at bodies of water in California, Florida, and New York. To me, the sun is the ultimate source of light, so it only seemed natural to pursue that source – Cahan explains. Using four different cameras ranging from 6 x 7 film to digital he explores the magical light during a sunrise or a sunset. The magic light reminds me of early flights and makes me want to plan new trips to discover places I have never been before.
The latest product by Audyssey, a Los Angeles based audio technology company, is the Lower East Side Audio Dock Air. This speaker with frank appearance streams music wireless from your personal devices such as computer, iPhone and iPad. Audyssey solved small speaker distortion and other typical acoustic problems and you can enjoy a rich, clear and balanced sound. I love the ribbon ‘wrapped’ around the speaker and houses the interface. Unfortunately you can not charge the dock and thus always have to rely on a power connection.
Now the cold has set in in Europe I long for the warmth of a wood fire. And what is better to chop your own wood for the fireplace? The minimal, portable and razor sharp Hudson Bay Axe by Best Made Company will help you get the job done easily. The axe is very versatile as it combines the strengths of a larger axe for chopping and the finesse of a smaller axe for delicate work. I love the combination of the sharpened head of carbon steel and the unfinished helve of Appalachian hickory. An honest tool made of honest materials!
Ora-Ïto, the brand name of Paris based designer Ito Morabito, created a mineral-inspired letter opener and paperweight set for Christofle. The letter opener has a primitive form and recalls a flint eroded by time. The paperweight looks like a cobble polished by the sea with its soft, round, shapes. Like other creations by Ora-Ïto the opener and weight exude luxury. The evident form of the opener and weight are understood in a flash. The unobtrusive, timeless, design make this set perfect for your study room or desk.
The hall of most houses and apartments is usually not very big. Half A Table by Miriam van der Lubbe and Niels van Eijk makes the room look bigger. Half a table placed against a mirror changes into a whole table. That is the idea behind Half A Table. Van der Lubbe and van Eijk play with optical illusions; although due to the thickness of the mirror it is still clear that it is a small sideboard. However, the size of the mirror will make the space feel bigger.
The most recent product by Nendo I would like to share with you is Orime. Orime, created for Elecom, is a wireless laser mouse that has some parallels with a Nighthawk Stealth Fighter aircraft. Rather than the usual curved mouse this one is formed entirely from flat surfaces. Formed as though by folding a piece of paper, the orime mouse fits comfortably into the hand. I like the technical appearance of the flat surfaces and sharp lines, but have some doubts about the comfortable fit into the hand. Photography by Hiroshi Iwasaki.
Pinch is a salt cellar and pepper shaker set that brings the experience of adding a pinch of salt to the dining table, Craighton Berman explains. Berman – a Chicago based creative director, designer and illustrator, is the creator of this elegant tool. Typically a chef keeps a large vessel of salt—known as a cellar—next to the stove, and intuitively pinches portions for their works-in-progress. This direct interaction with the salt was the inspiration for the design of Pinch. Pinch is made out of 2 ceramic parts: the bottom vessel that holds a portion of sea salt, and the top sphere is a traditional pepper shaker. The sphere acts as a cover for the cellar when not in use. The 2nd edition of Pinch is available for purchase, after the 1st edition was funded by enthusiastic people on Kickstarter about one year ago.
I love the sobriety of the steel stool prototype by Noon studio, created according to their philosophy of using honest materials and simplicity of execution. The steel stool consists of only 2 elements; a metal sheet supported by a wooden t-frame. Not only do the materials give the stool a cool character, they also make the stool is very robust and durable. With several stools you can also easily assemble a unique shelving storage for books.
The simple and intuitive Mutewatch , designed by Norra Norr, is a silent alarm in the shape of a vibrating wristband. It serves as a quiet reminder that helps you to follow your own agenda without disturbing people in your surroundings. By gently tapping the touch screen the time lights up. Swipe the screen to browse through the clock, alarm and timer functions. The watch features a built-in motion sensor that automatically adjusts the strength of alarm vibrations. A simple flick of the wrist activates the glowing display. Mutewatch comes in three colors; charcoal-grey, poppy-red and pure-white.