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Packaging: Imitating Nature

Here at Daily Icon we are great fans of Japanese packaging; here are some examples of product packaging inspired by tradition and nature.

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Monograph: Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava is not only one of the world’s most prominent architects, but also an engineer and an artist. With recent projects such as the stadiums for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens or the new railway station in Liège, Belgium, he has reached a level of undeniable notoriety in Europe and continues to move further ahead. The only architect ever to have his work exhibited at both the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, he is currently working on the main transportation hub for Ground Zero in Manhattan as well as the tallest building in the United States: the 160-story Chicago Spire Tower. Winner of the 2005 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal as well as numerous other prestigious awards, Calatrava is one of the greatest and most innovative architects alive.

Buy it here: Calatrava: Complete Works, 1979-2007

Aura Tea Light

AURA  t-light holder, by  Jonas Damon Office for Design

Vita Systematic Shelving

Vita interactive by Massimo Mariani, an infinitely variable, computer-generated storage system that can be customised to each client’s requirements.

Vita, by Massimo Mariani, for MDF

via: dezeen

Two-Timer Clock(s)

Two-Timer, by Sam Hecht, for Established and Sons

Books: Wirtschaftswunder

Germany after the war

It was no more than eight years after the surrender of the Nazi government when Josef Heinrich Darchinger set out on his photographic journey through the West of a divided Germany. The bombs of World War II had reduced the country’s major cities to deserts of rubble. Yet his pictures show scarcely any signs of the downfall of a civilization. Not that the photographer was manipulating the evidence: he simply recorded what he saw. At the time, a New York travel agency was advertising the last opportunity to go and visit the remaining bomb sites. Darchinger’s pictures, in color and black-and-white, show a country in a fever of reconstruction. The economic boom was so incredible that the whole world spoke of an “economic miracle.” The people who achieved it, in contrast, look down-to-earth, unassuming, conscientious, and diligent. And increasingly, they look like strangers in the world they have created. The photographs portray a country caught between the opposite poles of technological modernism and cultural restoration, between affluence and penury, between German Gemütlichkeit and the constant threat of the Cold War. They show the winners and losers of the “economic miracle,” people from all social classes, at home, at work, in their very limited free time and as consumers. But they also show a country that looks, in retrospect, like a film from the middle of the last century.

This Collector’s Edition is limited to 1,000 copies, each numbered and signed by J. H. Darchinger and containing the signed color photograph Reichstag, Berlin, 1958.

Buy it here: Wirtschaftswunder

Omero Magazine Rack

Omero is a three-legged object in aluminum and stainless steel, mirror polished. Its unusual shape makes it appear to be a sculpture, but it is a surprising magazine holder. Newspapers and magazines fit perfectly between its rings, hanging suspended in mid-air like paper flowers.

Omero, by Gomez Paz, for Driade

Icon: Alexander Girard

A corner-bound sample book of Girard designed wallpapers.


Chairs for Herman Miller special for Braniff Airlines

Vitra Wooden Dolls

Classic Pillow – Maharam Cushion Quatrefoil

Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller show

One of the biggest names in mid-century textile design is Herman Miller’s Alexander Girard (1907-1993), trained at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London and at the Royal School of Architecture in Rome.

Girard managed to inject an uninhibited use of color and a clever playfulness into the industry. He turned to countries like Mexico and India where a handicraft, or folk art, tradition still thrived, he developed a new method of coloring and patterning that proved to be a vibrant counterpoint to American modernist furniture.

Real Chubby

Chubby armchair, by Marcel Wanders for Slide 

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