Magnets are so often under thought and under designed objects. These little wooden magnets were inspired by the forms of traditional Japanese pottery. The resulting objects add a nice bit of delight to an otherwise mundane way of affixing things. They are also for sale over in The Spoon & Tomago shop.
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With everyone these days calling themselves photographers its rare to come across such amazing work among all the static. Sean Mundy creates amazing stark and graphic compositions of seemingly alternate realities. Keep up with the young Canadian photographer on his Tumblr.
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Designed by Naturehumaine, the Bolton Residence in Eastern Quebec takes its form from traditional barns in the surrounding countryside. Cantilevered on a wooded hillside. The volume appears to jut out of the hill and as a result provides an amazing perspective of the down into the valley.
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On a recent trip to London we were offered some accommodations with some family friends Fran Giffard and David Wightman. Our stay with them ended up being the most delightful and inspirational part of our trip. The entire time they apologized for their “extremely shabby flat” while we reminded and assured them that it was infinitely more cozy, clean and comfortable than New Yorkers are used to.
They are both artists, and work from home and so we ended up having lengthy conversations about process, commissioned work, gallery snafus and life. The most remarkable part was that we ended up getting a lengthy tour of David’s studio. Where he showed us in detail the methodical process behind his work and the never-ending search for refinement and purity in color.
The fact that Massimo Vignelli is no longer with us is something that has stuck with me. When I saw “Timeless: Massimo Vignelli” posted on AisleOne it made me smile. Vignelli’s impact on design is still strong and this collection of original and inspired works is proof of that. The show is up until April 18th, 2015 at the Okendo Cultural Centre in San Sebastián, Spain.
The poster above was designed by Mash Creative.
The design of Vipp products and their home fixtures have always been some of my favorites. Their newest projects has already garnered a Wallpaper Design Award. Simply named the Vipp Shelter, it is a minimalist lovers dream. A prefab solution to a simple, sleek, no frills sort of home. I have to say I love every element of this living space both inside and out. The price per square meter might be a little steep, but just take a look and see for yourself(180 square feet and priced at $585k).
The clean and crisp work of Anagrama is always an inspiration to me. Their ability to distill ideas into such beautiful designs is amazing. They recently added a ton of new projects to their site, and after perusing it I am so impressed and in love with so much of their recent work. Pictured here is a small selection of my favorites.
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Everyone has their ritual either at home, on the jaunt to work, or after the morning run. Personally I tend towards grabbing a coffee on my way into the office, but the Ratio Eight looks like it may change that habit.
We designed the Eight with the ideal balance of form to function. The clear blown-glass and warm black walnut flush-up against machine-sculpted aluminum for a staunch juxtaposition. Every angle and alignment is measured down to the tenth of a millimeter, all for a singular, refined efficiency.
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Its not exactly a Beer Friday. As I scan the horizon for a glimmer of spring I have been searching a cocktail that will infuse me with the resolve to make it through another 2 months of winter. Gamsei in Munich, Germany has created their own brand of cocktails. Focused on foraged ingredients, herbs, and a timeless presentation. They have taken this unique approach far further than the glass. To design their bar, which looks far more like the lab of a farmer turned scientist, they commissioned Buero Wagner. The resulting space is both stark and comfortable through a combination of a limited materials palette, warm natural woods, and a utilitarian layout. Another unique quality of Gamsei’s space is how they have located the bar tenders in the center of the space and instead of tucking them in behind a bar drinks are prepared on a center island. This helps to add a familiarity and comfort that is rarely present at most mixology driven bars.
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This San Francisco Loft renovation is particularly breathtaking. The design is not over the top and intern has a nice comfortable sort of quality. The loft started out with some really gorgeous elements which Line Office Architecture allowed to persist through their renovation such as exposed brick and a Douglas Fir beam structure. One of the most striking parts of the resulting design is the broad format of everything. The wide stools, expansive counter tops, gigantic refrigerator and cabinet doors all combine to create a nice simple sort of grandeur.
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Paper and collage art has always been one of my favorite mediums. Either sculptural or two dimensional works, I think it is the art form most similar to graphic design. Louis Reith the Amsterdam artist repurposes out book cuttings, maps and other old sheets of paper into amazing little pieces. The map pyramids are by far my favorite, but I also really like the abstract pieces, which have some interesting textures and compositions. Head over his site to check out more of his work.
Print design and printed matter in general seems like a bit of a rarity these days. Especially for those of us who work predominantly in the digital sphere. Despite that the stuff I do find on seems to be very highly refined. The pieces here are by Swedish graphic designer Oda Haugerud and they feature really interesting and unique printing, binding and covering techniques which help to elevate the overall pieces. I definitely have to say my favorite piece is the top image of a series of illustrations entitled Meteorit, which came out of the near impact of a meteorite in Malmö, Sweden this past February.
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We at campsite are huge fans of Naoto Fukasawa and his designs. The Demetra Table Lamp for Artemide is no exception. This utilitarian design is easily adjustable and is very flexible and could work anywhere from an office desk to a living room end table. Operated by an LED the light is extremely efficient and has a dimmer and sensor built into the head of the lamp. No awkwardly placed cord switches here, thankfully.
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I took a couple of minutes on my lunch break today and walked over to the two Gagosian locations here in Chelsea. If you haven’t heard, which I am sure by now you have, they are currently showing an exhibition of new work by Richard Serra. Of course the contents of the show are the predictable steel megaliths Serra has become known for, but it is still great to stand alone in a stark white space next to some massive post industrial scale metal forms. The scale successfully removes you from the norm as soon as you walk into a room or in better terms a hangar that is housing one. I highly recommend popping over to Chelsea to see the show being exhibited through January 2014 in their 21st Street and 24th Street galleries.
Photos courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
I think it is pretty obvious that we lean towards the minimalist end of things whenever possible. So when I saw Coin for the first time last week you can imagine how excited I was. Being able to easily put the entire mess of different debit, credit and loyalty cards onto one simple and durable card is a dream come true. Of course I went ahead and pre-ordered one! The other thing that really stood out to me was how succinct their entire product and marketing strategy is. Can’t wait to see what they do in the future.
A bridge doesn’t just have to be the structure that connects two disparate shores. marte.marte Architects have executed that sentiment so beautifully with their design for Schanerloch Bridge. Named for the river it spans, the bridge is in Austria and when not being crossed by cars and pedestrians it doubles as a unique and stark sculpture. The concrete form and its placement actually seems to compliment the clear crisp surface of the water and blends nicely with the rocks and stone cliffs that ascend around it.
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Last week I mentioned that campsite had a busy little beehive buzzing with side projects and tons of other fun stuff. The first of which, Dos Ghosts, had launched on Halloween. Now I am excited to announce the launch of Knowlita. Knowlita was born and bred in Downtown New York City and is comprised of clothing and art prints now and hopefully branching out into other fun things in the future.
If you don’t have plans tonight you should definitely stop by the opening of Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013 at Paul Kasmin. Since they represent my close friend Walton Ford and are a client of ArtBinder the startup I work for PK definitely has to be my favorite gallery. So this exhibition is just one more reason why I love them. This exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Brancusi’s first show at the Armory and his subsequent invasion of the American art scene. Hope to see some of you there tonight!
It always seems difficult to find really perfect minimalist lighting solutions. The Tri Cross Hex series designed by Australian design firm Resident hang at the top of my list for pendant lighting solutions. Apologies for the pun, but I really couldn’t resist. The construction of folded metal and light tubes is simple and definitely creates a finished product that is greater than the sum of its parts. The ultra thing metal cabling creates a nice floating effect which has become an architectural trend recently. We also previously posted Resident’s Segment Shade here on campsite, which featured a really awesome cast ceramic shade.
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What better way to wake up than a big glass of juice? Over here in the states they are known as satsuma oranges or satsuma mandarins. Over in Japan however, they are known as mikans, and the average age of their farming population is over 65 years old. In order to appeal to a younger demographic and in a certain respect revive the market for mikans a local company commissioned Upsetters Architects and Artless to do a massive re-branding and update to there visual identity. The new look is both fresh(like the fruit itself) as well as clean and sleek. If the new brand doesn’t help them reach a wider and younger audience I don’t know what would. The part of the 10 Mikan project that I find most intriguing is the physical shop in Ehime. It looks far more like the shop or tasting room at a distillery or sake producer. I am always enticed by the elevation of simple products and things through design.
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