Another wonderful series by Fukasawa that showcases his minimal design, and high-quality craftsmanship.
The great Naoto Fukasawa has designed a series of kitchen appliances for Muji, that are now available in the US, and will be in the UK in the fall. The entire collection is super minimal and functional, but I’m in love with the toaster. Definitely going to replace my current toaster.
Muji has had a full line of kitchen appliances available for a while in Japan, and it seems like they’re going to start bringing more of the products to the US and Europe. Good news for us.
Read more about the collection on Dezeen.
Anyone have $20,000 to drop on this Leica?
To celebrate of the 60th anniversary of M camera, Leica produced the limited edition Leica M Edition 60. The kit includes a Leica M-P digital camera and the Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both created by Audi Design.
This is more of a collectors item than anything, but it’s amazing to see the amount of detail that went into it, even down to the packaging and presentation.
The Leica T is a new mirror-less camera system which features a super minimal design, and a body made completely out of a single block of aluminum. Aesthetically, it’s beautiful. There are only a few buttons on the top, and the everything else is handled through the touchscreen on the back.
The level of engineering and craftsmanship that goes into making a Leica T is impressive as expected. The way the strap connects to the camera seems brilliant, and the body is polished by hand for 45 minutes. The video above shows the entire 45 minute polishing process.
A lot of products today don’t offer this kind of craftsmanship. Good to see some companies that still care.
Ruby, makers of fine motorcycle helmets and accessories, is celebrating the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad with their limited edition Munich 90 collection. The collection of helmets feature the color schemes of BMW’s legendary racing motorcycles.
These are stunning, and very expensive, but could be nice as a decorative piece in the home. I’ve always been a sucker for BMW’s racing stripe graphics.
Gary Hustwit, the director of Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized, is releasing almost 100 hours of unseen interviews from the three films as a book. The book, designed by Build, will include in-depth discussions with Paola Antonelli, Michael Bierut, Neville Brody, Matthew Carter, Wim Crouwel, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jonathan Hoefler, Experimental Jetset, Naoto Fukasawa, Jonathan Ive, Michael C. Place, Rick Poynor, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Erik Spiekerman, Massimo Vignelli and more.
A Kickstarter has been setup where you can back the project.
The Wishbone Chair was designed in 1949 by Danish designer Hans J. Wegner for furniture company Carl Hansen & Søn. The classic chair has been in production since 1950, and is always been handmade by the finest craftsman. The chair is made of 14 parts, and requires 100 separate processes, which takes around 3 weeks to complete.
What’s so impressive with Wegner’s chair designs is that they’re over 50 years old, but still look very modern. He was ahead of his time.
Design Milk got a behind-the-scenes look at how the chair is made, and they took some great photos of the process.
The video above also gives a glimpse into the quality and craftsmanship that goes into every chair. They are expensive, but worth every penny.
This Gringo helmet by Biltwell makes me wish I still had a motorcycle. The minimal design doesn’t overdue it in anyway. It’s just a pure helmet design without all the fancy vents and shapes. It’s a classic design that will never get old, and you can get an awesome bubble shield for it. Reminds me of the awesome James Cann film, Rollerball.
Open is a bike company that develops high-end mountain bikes, who’s guiding principle is “Relentless Simplicity”. They stick to this is in every aspect of the company, from product line-up all to way to the industrial and graphic design of their frames. These have to be some of the most beautiful bikes I’ve ever seen. Not only are they made out of carbon, and weight almost nothing, they sport a streamlined frame design, and a very minimal graphics. Something that is almost never seen in the cycling community. Most brands slap their logos all over their bikes, but Open has shown great restraint, and it has paid off.