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10 Mikan

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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The Blade

Coming from an art school background I have a love hate relationship with the X-acto blade. It has extracted a surprisingly large amount of blood and removed a weighable amount of skin from my finger tips over the years, but I still could not think of a better tool short of a laser cutter to accomplish the tedious tasks so many late nights during my undergraduate days. Designed by Njoki Gitahi, The Blade Necklace pays a nice homage to the real thing while also becoming a beautiful wearable object.

A New Ball

It can be difficult to find a soccer ball these days that hasn’t completely sacrificed any connection to its predecessor to make room for new technology and a futuristic look. Designed by Maxim Bykov this ball skirts the line between modern simplicity and the more traditional spheres of the sport.

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James Turrell at the Guggenheim

We took a work field trip yesterday intending to visit the Rain Room at MoMA. After arriving and to find out that the wait time during the special members viewing time was over two hours we trekked a little further uptown and settled for seeing the James Turrell exhibit at the Guggenheim. When I say we settled for the Turrell exhibit I mean it loosely as I have always been a huge fan of his work. These installations, albeit more subdued than some of his other work do not disappoint. The simplicity and scale and often the absence of things or the negative space created by his works are some of my favorite attributes.

Lain Shelf

The organized nature of mine draws me to any and all shelving. Lain is an awesome little unit, which comes flat packed in a box that doubles as a stand for quick and easy assembly. Designed by Pablo García Guardiola and Laura Caceres by removing the need for tools or any fixing elements like screws or adhesives.

(via NOTCOT »)

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620 Reading Room

The classic 620 Chair Program originally designed by Dieter Rams has recently undergone a re-engineering. To launch the updated seating system the Vitsoe shop here in New York is opening a ‘620 Reading Room’. The reading room is completed with a curated selection of books from the Vitsoe neighbor Dashwood Books.

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The Hives

Whether it is for home or office I am always looking for simple a simple storage solution for all of the small knick knacks such as pens, clips, and the like. These stacking boxes designed by Perrine Vigneron for a Y’as Pas Le Feu Au Lac called Hives are perfect.

(via NOTCOT »)

Segment Shade

Ceramic slip-casting is something I haven’t encountered since my first year 3-D class in design school. A simple, but fun process of creating cast pottery. Philip Cuttance has used it for creating the whimsical and unique Segment Shades for New Zealand based Resident.

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Folia Desk

I am very familiar with having my desk piled with tons of paper, from printouts to sketches. The Folia Desk designed by Leon Ransmeier is an elegant solution, which allows you to divide up your piles into sleek slide out drawers under the desktop.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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Theca & Steelwood

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have designed a new storage unit for Magis that features use of some interesting new materials. Doors and sides of the unit are made of stamped aluminum and the purchaser can select from natural finish, black or anodized. You also get your choice of wood for the shelves, cherry or black ash. To accompany the Theca storage unit, the Bouroullecs have released their Steelwood Chair in a new galvanized steal and beech edition, which fits perfectly with the cabinet.

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Wilson Keyring

I have always tended toward the functionality of a carabiner for carrying and containing my mess of keys. That said I have recently been looking for a slightly more refined alternative to utilize in the, albeit rare event of having to dress up and attend a more formal event or gathering. Unfortunately for me arriving fashionably late to the party this time means I missed out on the perfect solution. The Wilson Keyring from General Manufacturing Concern had sold out before I came across it. GMC, please create another run of these lovely little key organizers.

(via NOTCOT »)

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Hood Lamp

Form Us With Love a Stockholm based design studio has created this wonderful new modular lighting system which is easily expanded to fit your space. The bowl created by the deep pendant creates a very natural spacial divider. The system itself is based on two key pieces, domed corners and straight panel pieces, which when combined are infinitely expandable. The pieces are made of molded polyester and fit together using small pegs and are light with LED bulbs.

(via Co.Design »)

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Step Basin

Even the most design forward brands rarely create amazingly unique designs changing how we perceive the washroom. The Step Basin designed by Swedish studio Note is Japanese in it’s simplicity and Swedish in its utility.

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Minimalist Superhero Postcards

I think we can all agree, everyone loves superheroes. Therefore these postcards designed by Forma & Co are amazing. Bold colors, distinct minimal illustrations of superheroes and some really nice print work. Definitely going to have to get my hands on some of these.

(via WANKEN »)

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The concept behind this ultra minimalist rocking chair was to embody the look and feel of relaxation. When I relax I personally feel a little more amorphous or at least less rigid. That aside the design by Purpose Inc. is really beautiful and the profile view almost resembles the floor plan of an oddly shaped building.

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I find myself posting work by Savvy Studio all the time, and with good reason. Their work is always clean, crisp and has just enough seriousness to it to give it a sense of urgency. MICA is a contemporary jewelry house specializing in custom made pieces. The name comes from the family of “minerals that are characterised by their malleability which makes them ideal for various uses – some which are purely aesthetic”. The interior of the shop was designed using an elaborate grid that referenced Sol Lewitt’s work. You can see more of Savvy Studio’s work here.

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House Kekkapaa

House Kekkapaa is a super rad live work style home tucked up in North Espoo, Finland. Designed by POOK Arkkitehtitoimisto the house looks out over a bay. The combination of comfort, functionality, and minimalism looks like it would really be beneficial for a live work home.

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M Lamp

Designer David Irwin creates contemporary designs for furniture, product design and lighting. The M Lamp is one of his most recent designs, which actually straddles the space between product and lighting. As the lamp is portable and small in scale. The concept for it was inspired by the rudimentary kerosene lanterns carried by miners and other workmen. Standing at just over 9 inches it packs quite a wallop with 3,000 lux of warm diffused light. The M Lamp is now available at Juniper Design.

(via Minimalissimo »)

One Calendar

Now that almost every person has a computer or smart phone at their fingertips every second of the day. The need for clocks, watches, and calendars has been greatly diminished. Despite that I have seen some really interesting calendar designs recently. One Calendar designed by Jeong Yong features a series of circles connected using magnets set at increments for the month, day and year. The three rings can be configured in a few different ways changing the date format making the calendar useful anywhere in the world.

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Otter Surfboards Site

Otter Surfboards and their new website both share some wonderful minimalist sensibilities, which make exploring their site and learning about their surfboards far more intriguing. The site was designed by an awesome British digital studio by the name of Little Whale Studio whose work is all very clean and current.

(via Designspiration »)

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