The Dutch architecture agency Zecc loves minimalist churches and so do we. We have mentioned their chapel some time ago and again they did a great job with this converted church in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Since a few years this church is used as a showroom for antique furnishing, a conference room and a space for small concerts. Because of these functions a floor was inserted in the church. In the design of Zecc this inserted level is adjusted to emphasize the spatial qualities and sight lines of the church. Underneath this floor the bed room, study room en bath room are realized. To keep the façade of the church undamaged, no window frames are added to the façade, but the inside of the enormous church is seen as an exterior space. In this way internal patios in the inserted floors are realized to provide the underlying function with day light.
Design is not about pixels. It's about the space between the pixels.
Somewhere between a throne and a bathtub is Carlo Colombo’s Cuna, designed for Italian bathroom manufacturer Antonio Lupi. Cuna is simple, modern, and stately – a free-standing form that brings together form and function, dignity and relaxation. The height and incline of Cuna’s backrest are designed with comfort and total relaxation in mind, helping to eliminate the fidgeting, twisting and turning we endure in an attempt to achieve a comfortable semi-seated position in standard bathtubs. Furthermore, “the base shape is rectangular, but sides are rounded, another singularity making the tub really comfortable,” explains the company. Cuna’s designer, Carlo Colombo, is an Italian architect who also designed the Sarto 15 Tub (in cristalplant) for Antonio Lupi and Twelve, a kitchen concept for Poliform.
Back to a classic 20th century design desk calendar. Timor has been in production by Danese since 1967. A clever design combining great style and ease of use, the Timor is a great example of form & function associated with Mari’s concepts of modern design and is included in museum collections around the world. Available in your choice black or white. As designer and artist, Enzo Mari has created products in numerous fields of design. He has done research in the psychology and perception of space, color and volume. His collaboration with Danese has been quite intensive since the fifties but has also designed products and furniture for other companies. Mari has been awarded two Compasso d’Oro awards and exhibits his designs in museums around the globe.
A clean townhouse Landskrona, Sweden by Swedish architect firm Elding Oscarson, which is a recently started office run by Johan Oscarson and Jonas Elding. The collective experience is covering both Swedish and international architecture, from museums to private houses, interiors, furniture and product design. They projected in a narrow site sandwiched between very old neighboring buildings. Three thin slabs are projected into the open volume, softly dividing its functions. The continuous interior space is opening up to the street, to an intimate garden, and to the sky. Photos by Åke E:son Lindman.
Located in the ancient japanese city of Kyoto, the O house by Hideyuki Nakayama architecture is a kind of lean-to structure extending from a main 2-storey house. O house takes its name from its form in which a kitchen, dining room, furniture and bath area, encircle the main house. These spaces are produced by spanning rafters located between the retaining walls of the adjacent and main house. The o house space is somewhat like a passage garden. Inside is a curved horizontal space, where a portion of the staircase, thin steelframe floor and equally lined fittings are found. The gable side of the house shows its dollhouse conditions, which are open and visible from the adjacent street. Going back and forth everyday through this passage-like area, the residents can see the shape of the main house from outside at various angles. The house itself appears like a tower, depending on where one views it. The place where the family sleeps is on the second floor of the main house, and one can access it from the staircase thatreaches out from the passage garden.
Vouwwow [Dutch] – to pronounce as Vow Wow and which I would translate as Wow it Folds – is a cardboard strip that is easy to carry, easy to fold into a chair and easy to produce. Vouwwow can be taken to the park or an event, anywhere that you would want a chair. I can also see temporary events use this cheap transportable chair. Vouwwow by Maartje Nuy and Joost van Noort won the Thonet / Mart Stam prize [Dutch] for innovative chair design.
Skin is the plane of contact between people and things. Traditionally, the skins of objects are passive and static. They were simply dead outer surfaces. However, recent advances in technology have made them more active and dynamic. Shade Pixel is an interactive display that uses small depressions in its surface instead of a light source. It can be used as an ambient display for its peripherality; non-luminescent nature and simple appearance. The main difference from other displays is that Shade Pixel is applicable to the surfaces of everyday products or to the environment as an interactive skin. The project is another creation of the design media lab at korea advanced institute of science and technology, the creators of the crystal zoetrope table.
This minimalist web design for the first edition of A Design Film Festival 2010 is from SILNT, the design studio of Felix Ng and Germaine Chong. The festival website is designed in a single-page horizontal scrolling format – using just simple html and javacript. The result is a website that is lightweight, allowing it to load quickly without any unnecessary images, script and flash. The typography is set in large, glorious Helvetica – with all extra content neatly hidden away, until revealed by simply clicking the “read more..” links. Our approach to the brief (as with all our projects) was to strip everything down to it’s simplest form – with as little design as possible. Instead focusing on the task at hand, to promote the films. The other work in SILNT’s portfolio is also very good.
From the one Braun designer to an other. Emi Schenkelbach from Israel designed this beautiful Kettle witch combines three basic shapes: Triangle, Square and Circle. I wanted to keep a clean and elegant design, which will allow this kettle to look natural with any kitchen. I have decided to make the kettle float a bit, using the power supply. The visual look of the kettle is different according to the viewing angle, which keeps making it interesting the more you observe it.
This is not our first post about Dieter Rams, and probably also not the last. He is a true minimalist god, and in the more than 40 years that he spent working at Braun, he established himself as one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. His elegantly clear visual language not only defined product design for decades, but also our fundamental understanding of what design is and what it can and should do. Book Less and More elucidates the design philosophy of Dieter Rams . The book contains images of hundreds of Rams’s products as well as his sketches and models. In addition to the rich visual presentation of his designs, the book contains new texts by international design experts that explain how the work was created, describe its timeless quality, and put it into current context. Less and More is edited by Professor Klaus Klemp and Keiko Ueki-Polet. One of the world’s leading experts in the field of product design, Klemp has been acquainted with Dieter Rams for many years and is an authority on his work. Ueki-Polet is one of Japan’s most renowned design curators. She is well acquainted with design developments in both Asia...
In the small mining town of Degana in Spain where nothing new has been constructed for more than 25 years, this new building keeps away from the common facades of a mining village with its volumetric angular profile and rich geometry. Architects Nacho Ruiz and Jose Antonio Ruiz Allén Esquiroz from Zon-e Arquitectos have been commissioned to come up with a social housing solution The colours and materials, such as the local slate, keep the building in context.The black facade acts like coal – absorbing almost all light that falls on it.Each of the 15 apartments is different in terms of size and floor plan. This contrasts with the building’s overall uniform appearance. Each room enjoys views over Asturia’s landscape.
Piet Hein Eek brings us the simplest fussball table today. The Dutch designer who gained notoriety in 1990 with his ‘scrap wood cupboards’. He works with found wood and salvaged materials and uses them for intricately patchwork tables, chairs, sofas. In an innovative touch, Eek used metal figurines as players for this fussball table. He began with the figure, folded like a clothespin, after which the feet, legs, torso, shoulder blades and head automatically followed. The rest of the game was then produced to match in the same rugged steel and functional style.