Flow is a beautiful transparent FM radio, created by Philip Wong for the French brand Lexon. A Red Dot Design Award 2013 winner, the piece allows to see each part as if suspended in the air inside a polycarbonate box. Designer explains: The main goal in creating Flow was to design a minimalistic radio, limiting the design to the strict minimum. The idea was to offer the user the possibility to discover and understand the industrial design of the object by allowing, with the transparent casing, to see inside and see the composing elements. Powered by 4 standard AA batteries, Flow has no distracting cables and cords. It also performs as an MP3 amplifier and 3W speaker. The line-in jack allows you to connect it to any audio source you choose.
Categorized “Industrial design”
Cake is a cutting edge New York City studio pushing the boundaries of apparel and objects. This is certainly the case for Cake’s rather unconventional Anti Vase. Beautifully designed, it comprises solid steel, measures only 3 x 5 inches and is unlike anything ever seen as it questions not only the purpose of a vase but the perception of death. Typically vases hold water to prolong the death of a cut flower, however the Anti Vase accepts the flower’s death and celebrates its beauty. It is an interesting concept, which I am sure you will either really appreciate or not at all. I think the contrast of the black and angular vase against the rose in particular makes for a very powerful composition.
Developed by LED Enterprise of Japan, Huug is a unique lighting fixture in the shape of an oval with LED illuminants which are only a few millimeters wide so they can be tucked away from the surface of the light, hidden from sight. Currently available in the Sky (ceiling recessed) and Air (ceiling suspended) models, Huug emphasizes the flexibility and potential of using LED in lighting design to illuminate interior spaces. Light source of Huug001 is set at the center of the fixture upwards so that the light is reflected from the oval shaped dish giving the effect of indirect lighting. This is exactly the balance of light and shadow that the Japanese have cherished. What I love about Huug other than its minimal, inconspicuous design, is that the light is developed around the technology to achieve the softness in lighting and shadows for illuminating interior spaces. And that you will not have to change a lightbulb for a really long time. You can follow Huug’s updates on their Facebook page.
Shade is a new lamp launched by Flos during this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. It is a design conceived by Paul Cocksedge Studio and produces a wonderful effect because Shade is just what its name indicates, a shade. It has no bulb, mechanisms or any attached light sourse, and it is suspended with very thin wires, appearing almost as if it is floating in the air. And what is the trick? The power derives from an LED floor fitting, shining an uplight into the shade. That is great! Shade started as a purely practical problem, how to rid ourselves the clutter usually connected to light fittings. The solution actually turned out quite mysterious, almost dream-like. It utilises both floor and ceiling, but appears unconnected to either…!
Meet Stroke, an LED desk lamp that seamlessly blends into your workspace with its smooth body. Stroke is manufactured by Bsize in Japan. Best light, minimal structure. Stroke is made of a single, thin, matte white sprayed, curved metal pipe. The integrated LED gently diffuses the light so that the surrounding is illuminated evenly. A microcomputer within the lamp triggers the light to gradually get brighter instead of all at once. The simple and elegant design keep Stroke out of your field of vision allowing you to focus on what you are working on. Last year Stroke was awarded with a red dot award.
Created by Portuguese and Milan-based product designer Tania da Cruz, this white flower-crowned head is actually an exuberantly fun and surprisingly simple ceramic vase. Tania’s work is influenced by a communicative approach aimed at uncovering the poetic aspects of a project, a philosophy that is very noticeable with the WIG vase. The WIG prototype has been exhibited at the Milan design week in the 2012 & 2013 editions. Objects and designs influenced by the concept of “play” often have such a strong, positive reaction from the audience – I’d love one of these in my home!
These clean geometric shapes are hydroponic terrariums, designed by Daisuke Tsumanuma and Kenichi Yamada of 10¹² TERRA. Instead of hiding the water part, as most hydroponic systems do, these structures showcase it, allowing us to observe the growth of the plant and its roots at the same time. Here is how designers explain the thinking behind the product and the company: The name of the brand “[ 10¹² ] TERRA” was inspired by the number of cells produced per day (10¹²) and glass cases called terrarium, made for collecting and showcasing plants. We started this brand to create products that mirror the constant changes of life, full of new discovery. The clever construction of each piece allows you to lift the upper part without disturbing the plant and change water easily. I love the transparency and geometric simplicity of this design. Also check out the brand movie by Makoto Yabuki, which is a delight for the senses in itself.
In recent years there have been many new and interesting bicycle designs that have emerged, a number of which we have featured here on Minimalissimo. Not solely focused on a form of transportation, these designs also look to introduce new styles and improvements with a minimalist quality. Viks is another great example of such bicycle designs. The company started when its founder, Indrek Narusk decided to build his own bicycle, looking for something different, inspired by the use of minimalist classic lines and cafe racer style motorcycles. The result is a sleek, timeless, fast and durable, single speed urban bicycle. Viks is essentially made from two identical high quality stainless steel shaped tube frames, and is available in different combinations of colours but, without doubt, I will take the all black version!
The Contemporary Porcelain collection by Urban Cartel showcases the ordinary in objects, purposefully through its thoughtful execution. Partially-glazed and stripped from ornate-indulgence, these pieces are glazed internally but left in an organic state on the exterior. The pastel colourings paired with the soft muted porcelain, create a sense of transporting the user back in time; to a less complicated time. Melbourne-based Craig Pearce founded Urban Cartel in 2011. With a background in both Visual Arts and Hospitality Management, Contemporary Porcelain is a perfect fusion of true passion co-mingling. With an emphasis on clean lines and functional design, the resulting form is one that enhances the translucency of the porcelain and celebrates its un-celebrated use. This line of objects is incredibly beautiful. Produced with the urban dweller in mind, Urban Cartel has considered and ensured their resilience with our millennial lives. They have nailed it. These pieces are a pinhole peek into a future career that is one to watch.
I was recently introduced to the Melbourne based wristwatch shop of Stock, and what a beautiful collection I found. The simple designs derive from years of collecting watches and finding the right balance of function, size and precision Swiss movements. Stock has been developed through an iterative process of intense prototyping and field testing in-house. The result is the S001 Stock Watch series, a reliable daily wearer. Each watch case is precision machined to its slim profile and then hand finished. This makes the bezel extremely thin allowing the dial to be the focal point. Combined with the Italian leather strap and custom designed slim buckle, the S001 Stock watch has been engineered for comfort. Currently, there are three S001 colour variants, all of which are equally attractive in their simplicity.
Designed by Japanese master Naoto Fukasawa, the ±0 (Plus Minus Zero) wire ware collection consists of beautifully simple black wire tableware objects (a bread basket, a toast stand, an egg cup and an egg carton) that you wish you’d thought of first. Plus Minus Zero seeks, essentially, balance as a leitmotif. With their brand and their ±0 symbol they want to communicate the concept of just right - be it in shape, in size, or in price. ±0 believes that designing things that coexist together is natural. It’s not just about matching colors or shapes; it’s about designing the harmony between these devices and life. Photography via designboom.
I have recently been admiring the work of Italian industrial designer Marco Guazzini, who has made it his life’s work to create a selection of designs that provoke an uplifting mood through a simplistic approach. Originally from the beautiful city of Florence, Guazzini now lives and works in Milan developing a hugely impressive portfolio of furniture, lighting and household accessories. One particular design caught my eye, however. That is Yo. A beautifully simple magazine rack made completely of lime stone. A sculptural object which appears as a “Y” letter with a hole in the centre. The magazines find their place between the two side wings, sitting at 90 degree angles, and rolled up into the hole, which provides a physical and visual lightness to the piece. The name “Yo” is derived from its iconic shape, and takes inspiration from the typical verbal expression. Produced by Italian stone manufacturer Pimar, Yo is a design I particularly enjoy because of the contrast of function and sculptural elements, which in fact can be found in many of Guazzini’s works.