I first came across Henrybuilt in an issue of Dwell several years ago, and I was immediately taken with their attention to detail and the infusion of craft in their modern work. Often in modern design we see construction and function sacrificed to achieve a specific look while maintaining a sufficient profit margin. Henrybuilt is on the other end of the spectrum from those types of furniture designers. Creating systems for the kitchen, dinning room, and the whole house. Items can range in size from this example, of a backsplash rack with a beautifully crafted wooden inset knife rack, up to entire kitchens or rooms. Every piece is made to order, and each project is taken on as a design project where they will configure and customize their existing components to your space.
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Besides being a serious design, illustration, and typographical powerhouse House Industries has also been lucky enough to work with one of the greatest design legacies of all time. Over the past few years they have created several amazing projects from inspired by Charles and Ray Eames. The newest foray has been a collaboration with Herman Miller Japan. Together they have made this limited series of 80 tables. Each of the classic Eames wire-base tables is finished with a letter, number or ornament from the House Industries Eames Century Modern font collection, and come packed in a custom designed wooden shipping crate.
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Ben Lambers created this amazing installation or as it is called a pop up gallery in his home for Inside Design Amsterdam. More of a workspace, with a bunch of unique little pieces and ceramics curated throughout it.
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Industrial designer and architect Jean Prouvé in my opinion is one of the most underrated and forgotten modernist designers. His work laid the ground work for a lot of subsequent styles. Many of which are still prevalent and even hip today. His work was very evidently influenced by the post industrial revolution manufacturing culture and the advent of mass production. In opposition to the changes we have witnessed where mass production has allowed for a drop in the quality of goods. Prouvé used it as an opportunity to make furniture out of materials that were normally used in aircraft and military grade fixtures.
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MINIMAL Inc. has designed a Collection for Coalesse, which to put it simply aims to redefine the conference room. As our workspaces and desks have evolved the conference room has stayed the same. Our practices have become ever more social, and collaboration is an active component of any good work environment. Based on this evolution in the work environment the area where we hold meetings and brainstorm as a group obviously needed an overhaul. This collection by Minimal reminds me a lot of the ergonomics and structure of some of Herman Miller’s classic office chairs and even airport seating, with some obvious comfort updates and a great deal of elegance. One aspect that I find striking about the line in general is that it seems to be set at a lower than standard height for office furniture. This undoubtedly translates into the mood and energy that exists with in the conference room.
This amazing chair is part of an ongoing study, Martín Azúa of nature and it’s integration into physical objects. In the case of this chair it exists not only as a place to sit and relax, but also as a home to plant and a habitation for a small animal. We begin to see through projects like The Inner Life how proximity to nature provides a more intimate understanding of it and also a improved level of calm.
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Kieser Spath’s concept for a clothing rail, perfectly named Mr. T the construction is a ultra minimal design using two wooden t-shaped verticals with a metal rod spanning the space between them. The rail is available in two sizes and can be easily taken apart and here is the real genius. It can be store flat.
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Jonah Takagi of Takagi Atelier has released a new line of pieces called New Basics, which consists of a few variations on a flat packing table. The brightly colored hardware for the system is laser cut powder coated steel and the tops are a durable 100% recycled composite.
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Merchant No. 4 always has the best little finds, and some great bigger pieces too. Mostly home-goods and knick knacks for around the house, they also carry some great minimalist furniture pieces and lighting fixtures. I posted about some of their beautiful wood kitchen containers and fixtures a year ago yesterday, check it out here.
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This year a modern classic has it’s half century birthday. The 606 system was originally released and is still on offer from Vitsoe. Designed by one of my all time favorite designers Dieter Rams, the 606 modular shelving and storage system lives at that rare intersection of form and function. Few pieces of furniture and especially modular shelving do their job with such style and grace. No wonder then that the 606 system has remained a staple offering for Vitsoe for fifty years now.
Designing a stand alone kitchen is not easy task, but Johanne Procee has done exactly that. His Keuken Kabinet concept is a rolling kitchen and storage system confined with in one minimalist box, which opens to reveal your own little chef’s station. A idea like this is so applicable to many of the issues encountered in New York City apartments. Whether you live in a small cramped apartment or a raw open space.
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STRAND Design is a great example of a product and furniture design operation that is making highly usable everyday things. Their Core System tables and desks are sturdy and practical, but still have an impeccable construction and material choice. Also the Tree Theory Messenger is awesome. It has a nice balance of handmade characteristics and obvious durability.
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Working on an extremely skinny lot, and with some serious restrictions, Torafu Architects were able to create this open flowing design for a two family home. Entitled House in Ookayama, this house invokes loft living with an approach to storage and function that lofts don’t usually conquer.
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The guys at House Industries have done it again. Adding another fabulous piece to the collection of children’s block sets they have designed. This particular one was commissioned for Herman Miller Japan. The sets of 8 basswood blocks will only be available for purchase at the new Herman Miller showroom store in Tokyo. You can read more about this over at the House Industries’ Blog. For more information about the production check out the makers Uncle Goose and Advance Packaging both in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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The collaborative efforts of Nils Vik and Thom Fougere, collectively known as Vik & Fougere, are a Tour de Force of functionality and minimalism in simple house hold fixtures and furniture. The favorite of mine has to be their light hook pictured below, which is a nice update to the infinitely boring light switch plaques seen in American homes. In addition to the aesthetic update Nils and Thom have added a nice little hook in the corner for keys, some type of ornament or anything else that your heart desires.
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Another perfect design from Naoto Fukasawa. This modular shelving system was designed for Artek in 2009 to be debuted at milan design week in 2010 as the finish company was celebrating their 75th birthday. The system was developed based on the modular L-system designed by Alvar Aalto.
“I have always associated (alvar) aalto’s furniture designs, which highlight the graciousness of plain wood, with square building blocks. the basis for this design lies in the image of a plain wood cube with slightly rounded edges. the sections where the shelves and support brace meet affords the design a gentle feel, the kind of feeling that can likewise be attributed to a stack of building blocks with rounded edges. the intersection of the x-shaped brace is fashioned from cast aluminium and has an unadorned, rough feel to it.” – Naoto Fukasawa
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I am still slightly unclear as to the derivation of the name The Hopper Table. Anyway this minimalist take on the nostalgic summer classic by Extremis, is super clean and futuristic. I would love to have this thing on my imaginary patio.
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I had been saving this post for a rainy day so to speak, or at least a day where nothing else jumped out at me to post. This video is simply amazing and doesn’t need much an introduction. I hope most of you reading this have seen it, but whether you have or have not it’s worth watching.
The desk is the physical platform we as creatives use to dive off into projects, new ideas, and create change. So as the tools of design adapt, and the problems change that we as designers face does the desk adapt or go the way of the polar ice caps?
I am really into ‘The Full Spectrum’ series so far. All the videos are extremely well produced and put together. They also seem to cover an awesome array of the creative and design world to talk about their work and how it interacts and is affected by color. The legend of Herman Miller needs little introduction, but as I clatter away on this keyboard from me trusty Aeron Chair I am reminded of the core values and level of excellence HM has and continues to stand for. I really love how Susan Lyons brings up the exploration of color and it’s connection to iterative design. Creating color palettes feels a little forced or a shot in the dark from time to time, but as Lyon’s explanation of the link between iterative design and the exploration and selection of the perfect color based on this trial and error system.
There is something very useful and even comforting about the work of Tomás Alonso.I am also impressed with Alonso’s ability to create such simplified structures that still fulfill their purpose.