In the first monograph on the imaginative Japanese product designer Naoto Fukasawa, this book charts his success within IDEO in the USA, at MUJI and in his own company, Naoto Fukasawa Design. Now one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today, achieving widespread recognition with his groundbreaking wall-mounted CD player, designed for Muji in 1999. The book explores all aspects of Fukasawa’s design range, from umbrellas and vases to sofas, mobile phones and packaging, all designed with close observations of how we use things in our everyday lives.
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Simple set of chairs exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair
Brio, by Mikiya Kobayashi, for Mikiya Kobayashi Design
Eos Airlines, whose first flight took place in 2005, has filed for bankruptcy. The airline purchased three Boeing 757s and reconfigured the with just 48 business-class seats, fully-flat, of course. The press loved the concept of an all business class airline with great service — flying profitable international routes, but critics saw more than a few holes (refurbishing out of date planes for one). Back to Virgin Atlantic for now.
Plenty of angles — the building’s envelope is composed of an overlapping multi-faceted surface that, because of perforations, creates a moiré effect.
Theatre Agora, Lelystad, Netherlands, by UNStudio
Mondrian South Beach Hotel Residences on Biscayne Bay, Miami are being designed by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Owners enjoy all the privileges of an exclusive hotel, including a five-star restaurant, sunset bar, room service and a private boat marina. Opens early 2008.
Residences, by Marcel Wanders, From $500,000, for Mondrian South Beach Hotel
Build your own Bugatti Veyron, the quickest accelerating production car in the world, able to achieve an staggering top speed of 407 km/h — if you have the open space and are into that sort of thing.
Bugatti Veyron, € 1.1 million, by Bugatti
Isamu Noguchi, American (1904-1988), was the illegitimate son of Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet who had gained great acclaim in the United States. More of a sculptor than a designer, the everyday objects he created are best seen as sculptures with a practical value, “things for everyone’s pleasure”. His sculptural style exerted a lasting influence on the whole organic design language of the 1950s. The furniture he designed for Herman Miller Vitra and Knoll are still in production today.
Isamu Noguchi Products: (top to bottom) Herman Miller Table, Knoll Cyclone Dining Table, Radio Nurse Speaker, Akari lamp
The new British coin designs have been chosen via an open competition. The winning designer is 26 year old Matthew Dent, who lives and works in London as a graphic designer.
British Coins, by Matthew Dent, for The Royal Mint
The brief was to create a fundamentally different DNA for a family of progressive mobile phones from nokia. designed by khodi feiz in collaboration with Nokia Design, the Nokia 7500, is based on a simple notion of a pattern permeating throughout the product.
Prism collection, by khodi feiz, for Nokia