New Accessories from SIWA designed by Naoto Fukasawa

After last weeks feature with designer Masanori Oji, it seemed right to highlight another inspiring Japanese creative in the form of industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Although more mainstream, I have numerous books on his works and I’m especially inspired by his collaboration with Jasper Morrison on the Super Normal project. If you’re not familiar with Super Normal, it’s basically the pair …

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Functional Kitchenware by KINTO

Often a company’s product line-up is dictated by the type of designers that they get on board, individuals like Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa are synonymous with a simplistic / functional ideology, so it’s obvious when they’re hired what sort of ethos that company is striving for. Companies like Plus Minus Zero and MUJI, for example, are intriguing to say the least. Although I love the fact that everything is based on function …

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Contemporary and Modern Objects from Craft Craft

Over the weekend I’ve had some time to question particular design thoughts that have been playing on my mind, it’s not unusual for me to hit a stumbling block every so often where the thoughts become complex and I can’t get my mind around certain concepts. One that I’ve been watching quite closely is based on ‘design dissolving in human behaviour’, at first I was a bit perplexed by …

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Plus Minus Zero Wire Ware Designed by Naoto Fukasawa

A simple but unique selection by Plus Minus Zero in Japan, designed by the one and only Naoto Fukasawa. I suppose when you’re a famous designer it gives you the chance to work on some interesting projects, this particular company being one of them who has given Naoto Fukasawa full design direction. I’m guessing this wasn’t a natural evolution as such, since Plus Minus Zero …

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Furniture and Objects at Frank Landau

Today I thought I’d wake up early to find some inspiration for a recent project that I’ve decided to take on, this involves both pottery and wood, it should interesting to see what comes out of it. Through general browsing I somehow stumbled across the Frank Landau website which is full of fantastic design objects, so I thought I’d collect up a mixture of work that instantly struck a chord with me and made me want to investigate the origin …

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Mjölk Release New Online Store

Our good friends John and Juli Baker of Toronto based store Mjölk have just released their new web shop over the weekend. It’s been a place that I’ve checked on a weekly basis for a number of years but over the past few months there has been little to no movement from them online, this is partly because the’ve been renovating a house, I know this through their great personal blog Kitka, and also because of the new design of their online …

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Kettal Outdoor Collection 2012 Catalogue

Spanish company Kettal have really impressed me as of late, especially since they released their newest collection/collaboration titled Park Life with Jasper Morrison. It’s interesting to know it was Jasper’s first outdoor collection which took him around 2 years on and off to design, very clean cut and I can definitely see his aesthetic popping through from every angle. Although there’s not much imagery floating around of this collection …

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HAL Chair by Jasper Morrison

Although we generally tend to touch up mid-century style designers here I’m also a big admirer of designers like Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Dieter Rams and other industrial designers who are a bit more current and that are still working today. Naoto for example has a tendency to keep things simplistic and stripped down, always concerned with the emotions that we attach to objects over the years and how things function with us in our …

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Vitra FICTION “Remind Me” by Florian Böhm

Vitra recently released this short film directed by Florian Böhm and is titled “Remind Me”. It’s the first from a series of videos named “Fiction” which looks to tell domestic stories that could have happened to any of us. It shows how these much prized pieces of furniture either drives an action forward by being involved in a humans everyday life, or how they just sit back camouflaged and become part of the ever evolving scene. The video itself is nicely …

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Maruni Autumn 2011 Furniture Collection and Project Interior Shots

This morning I decided to bring across some imagery from furniture company Maruni’s website, my last post on the Maruni Collection by Naoto Fukasawa in early 2011 was very popular but this one offers up something different. It’s a selection from the website’s catalogue for Autumn 2011, basically showcasing two new styles that they’ve added to the collection. One being the …

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