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Whale’s Tale Play Space

The Whale’s Tale Play Space concept was developed by Daye Kim, a student at California College of Arts. This simple add-on, which easily attaches to most rolling luggage makes it easy for parents of small children to setup a safe and clean play area on the go. Whether you are in an airport, the park or anywhere that germs and dirt play a roll you can flip out the whale’s tale to protect you kids, their edibles, and save small toys from being lost. It is made out of a waterproof ripstop for optimal protect on the floor side and a soft comfortable neoprene on the top.

(via Co.Design »)

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Ag++

It’s really intriguing the number of peripheral products being designed and produced for the iPhone. That said recently a few such items have cropped up, which demonstrate amazing aesthetics and functionality driven design. The Ag++ case designed by Andrea Ponti for Case Logic fits the build perfectly. The subtle machined aluminum case creates an ergonomic grip for the otherwise awkward to hold device, in addition to creating a strong durable layer of protection around it. If you are seriously rough on your technology the Tak Tik is still probably the case for you, but Ponti’s solution is definitely a more refined one.

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Porsche Concept Bike

I would literally buy this bike in a second if it was available for purchase. The concept was developed for the Porsche Next Design Challenge hosted by Co. Design. David Shultz created this concept bike for the competition, which in my opinion succeeds at channeling the essence of the source of inspiration(vintage Porsche Carrera) far better than the other entries. In turn the end result is a substantially greater standalone product.

(via Behance »)

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The Boat Project

This one of a kind sailing vessel Lone Twin built for The Boat Project is as unique as it is beautiful. With a hull crafted with found and donated wooden objects that creates a gorgeous pattern and visual history of all those things and their owners. The project was part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and was partially funded by the UK Arts Council.

(via Blueprint Magazine »)

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Happy Birthday Dieter Rams

Today my favorite industrial designer Dieter Rams turns 80. Happy Birthday Dieter!


Kinoishi Wooden Rocks

We are now living in a time where technology and thus children’s toys evolve on almost and hourly basis. A bag of rocks feels refreshing. The soft round tactile orbs are the minimalist parents dream toy, and the clean up would be much easier than a thousand legos. They were designed to support Pass the Baton charity market by Taku Satoh.

(via Spoon & Tomago »)

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Scanomat Top Brewer

I like many other creatives before and after me spent a not so brief stint in the coffee world, and until recently I let that form my entire view of what coffee could and should be. Now I have put enough distance between myself and that past that I can start to appreciate minimal fixtures like this one. The Scanomat Top Brewer easily integrates with your iPhone or iPad, and can spew your favorite pipping beverage right up from the innards of your kitchen counter with a simple tap from the app. Not so little things like this home coffee geyser really let me know we are living in the future.

(via Minimalissimo »)


Cermic Fan Heater

All of the products in Plus Minus Zero (±0) are the epitome of minimalist design perfection, and are also stunningly curated. This new Ceramic Fan Heater is a beautiful design object and heating source.

(via Minimalissimo »)


Jean Prouvé Industrial Beauty

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.

(via Daily Icon »)

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Collection for Coalesse

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.

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Das Programm

Being a huge Dieter Rams fan myself makes this new Das Programm site that much more amazing. A minimalist store dedicated entirely to the works Rams designed while working at Braun between 1955 and 1995. This site fills a small portion of “the gap between the desirability and availability of his work”.


BMW 3.0 CLS by Alexander Calder

There is nothing more magnificent than this perfect collaboration between precision racing and 20th century art. Alexander Calder has been one of my favorite artists and greatest influences since finding a book of his work and sketches on a family friends coffee table as a child. The lively shapes and colors bring to life the metal exoskeleton that is the embodiment of the BMW 3.0 CLS. In motion it could be mistaken for tropical fish gliding past. The Calder’s signature(“ca”) on the rear drivers side quarter panel is a beautiful touch, it really completes the canvas in my opinion.

(via Daily Icon »)

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Weight Vases

I can pretty positively say I have hated ten in every nine vases I have seen, but the fresh thinking here is great. These vases made out of a combination of cast concrete and steel framing would make a great balance in a sleek modern home. They add a level of texture and idiosyncrasy. Check out some of the process sketches behind these great designs from Thinkk Studio after the jump. All the designs for this project were created while Decha Archjananun of Thinkk Studio was studying at the amazing design program at University of Art and Design Lausanne.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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Tomahawk Hair Dryer

I can’t say that I use a hair dryer very frequently let alone ever, but I am aware of the overwhelming lack of design in most household electronics and appliances. These designs by Jean Baptiste Fastrez incorporate beautifully hewn wood handles, melded with simple cords and futuristic blowers. The project is called Tomahawk. The name derived from the hatchets carried by Native American tribes, applies to the design as well as the element of craft that goes into creating a wood handle.

(via NOTCOT »)

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Pioneers of American Industrial Design Stamps

I rarely make it into a post office living in New York City mainly because the lines are of life threatening length. The past week while I was visiting my parent’s in MA I happened to stop into the local post office and come across these gems. A new stamp set released by the USPS entitled Pioneers of American Industrial Design. Up until a few days ago I had only seen them floating around on blogs. The tactile feel of a sheet a of perforated stamps is just amazing coupled with the beautiful images of design icons. The lineup of designers includes Eliot Noyes, Dave Chapman, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Donald Deskey, Greta von Nessen, and a few others. You can get the stamps in most local post offices or online at the USPS Shop.


Nike Tales From the Kitchen – Hyperfuse

Nike recently released this new animated video as a part of the Tales From the Kitchen series, this episode covers the design and inspiration behind the new Hyperfuse. Shane Kohatsu was inspired to create a durable breathable basketball sneaker by a recent trip to China and their burgeoning basketball scene.

(via Garrett Morin »)


Dieter Rams as Little Design as Possible

Phaidon has put out a great new book that showcases the absolute minimalist perfection of Dieter Rams seemingly endless sea of work. Named for Rams’ tenth design principle Good design is As Little Design as Possible. The design of the book itself was handled by Kobi Benezeri, and I do mean handled. For someone of the caliber of Rams the book requires a certain level of finesse. Benezeri employed a sensory mesh printing on the covers and spine of the book, and lots of impeccably printed full bleed photography.

(via SeptemberIndustry »)

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Mr. T

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.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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New Basics

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.

(via NOTCOT »)

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The 60s 606 Turns 50

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.


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