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Icon: Isamu Noguchi

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

Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden, by Patrick Blanc

Minted British Coins

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

Nokia Prism Collection

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

Waterfront Villas by Piero Lissoni

In addition to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, this private island in the Turks and Caicos will also offer a selection of villas designed by Piero Lissoni. Other well known architects, including Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid will also design neighborhoods. Paradise!

Piero Lissoni for Dellis Cay, Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Icon: Olympus XA

 
I have recently retired my Olympus XA — it has served me well for over 15 years, the flash unit was stolen during a mugging in Belgium in the early 1990′s. The quality of the photos are excellent. One of the smallest 35mm rangefinder cameras ever made, with total control over F-stop and manual focus. The original model, the XA, was sold from 1979 to 1985.

Olympus XA, by Yoshihisa Maitani, for Olympus

3D Wall Calendar

Colour coded, typographic and functional, everything we need in a daily planer. We love the details, perfect for that busy design agency.

Studioplaner, by Sven Winterstein, for Planolux

Interiors: Jaime Hayon Restaurant

In this restaurant interior for La Terraza del Casino in Madrid, Jaime Hayon has been given free reign to his very personal style — glossy, neo-baroque and real fancy.

La Terraza del Casino, by Jaime Hayon

Bent Aluminum Furniture from B-LINE

B-LINE has come up with some furniture using a special manufacturing technique. The bending of 3mm thick aluminum sheets like paper, yields the origami line. The Icon bar stool (we like the name) is horizontally stackable and comes in a range of colors, for those who invest a lot of time in this activity.

Icon Bar Stool, by Matthias Demacker, for B-LINE

TokyoHouse

The scale of a Japanese house is incredibly small by European or American standards. The solution is to maximize space while at the same time letting in more light and air. Three new concepts here push the boundaries for typical Tokyo lot configurations (each under 100 square meters)

TokyoHouse, by ”Unagi” Manabu Chiba/Chiba Manabu Architects “Hata” Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Momoyo Kaijima/Ateleir Bow-Wow “Kado” Hitoshi Abe/Ateleir Hitoshi Abe. More (in Japanese): Tokyo House

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