Vitsœ, famous for their 606 Universal Shelving System, now has a Tumblr that showcases their 50-year-old archive. A lot of amazing stuff here.
Not much to say about the TG 60, it speaks for itself. I wish more brands would go back to a more minimal, beautiful design aesthetic like this. Apple and Nest are starting that movement, but most companies still have a long way to go. I recently had an ADT security system installed in my home, and the components are hard to look at, especially the huge keypad next to my door. It’s a shame that most companies don’t value good design.
More Braun goodness at Das Programm.
The Trioh! is a flashlight designed by Greg Hinzmann that rethinks the way flashlights look and function. Making a Trioh! more aesthetically pleasing means that it will be displayed, and in turn, more accessable. It also functions as a soft light source when docked in the charger.
I personally love when boring products are re-designed to look beautiful and be more functional.
The Trioh! is available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
In December of 1976, Dieter Rams gave a speech titled “Design by Vitsœ” in New York City about his work with Vitsoe. He also outlined much of his design thinking, which later evolved into his 10 Principles for Good Design.
Vitsoe has released the full transcript of the speech to celebrate Rams’ 80th birthday on May 20th. It’s a must read.
This is a great idea. Das Programm is an shop that only sells objects designed by Dieter Rams that were issued between 1955 and 1995, the time when Rams was Braun’s Director of Design. It also acts as a museum of sorts, with relevant historical product details available when possible.
I’m really diggin’ this special edition furniture collection of nine classics by Jean Prouvé, remixed by G-Star RAW for Vitra. I’m a fan of G-Star clothing and I’m fascinated by how the furniture feels right in line with the G-Star brand. This is a great collab.
The collection is going to be available for one year at The Conran Shop starting in October.
I can’t believe I’ve never known of Jakob Jensen or his work before reading about him on ISO50. Part of me feels out of it, but I also love moments of discovery like this. Seeing and falling in love with design that feels so new and fresh, but that’s been around long before I was born. There’s something comforting about that.
Anyway, Danish born Jakob Jensen is an industrial designer who worked for Bang & Olufsen, where he was a designer from 1965 – 1991. His minimal approach was clearly consistent with Dieter Rams. That microphone is pure perfection.
MoMA has a nice gallery of some of his work.
The Zub Zayu is the latest release from lifestyle brand, Nooka. Taken from the Japanese word, sayu, meaning left and right, The Zayu is an ambidextrous design that wears well on both left and right wrists. Like all Nooka products, this watch exhibits a simple, minimal, but unique design.
You can pre-order the watch.
When it comes to minimal design, my passion for it extends way beyond graphic design. When it comes to design in general, whether it be a house, a shirt, or a spoon, I also prefer a minimal approach and aesthetic. So when I saw these custom motorcycles by Copenhagen based shop Wrench Monkees, I immediately fell in love.
Most of their bikes have a cafe racer style which I love, and the bikes are stripped down to their bare essentials: a motor, two wheels and a handle bar. The bikes have more a mechanical look to them as oppose to the mainstream bikes that are all cover in plastic.
When looking for inspiration, even motorcycles can influence my designs. I love it.