Posts Tagged with “Industrial Design”

Naoto Fukasawa: Hiroshima Chair

Here’s a great video of Naoto Fuka­sawa speak­ing about the ele­gant Hiroshima chair that he designed for Maruni. The video also gives a glimpse into the crafts­man­ship that goes into mak­ing the chair.

Vitsœ Tumblr

Vitsoe Tumblr

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.

Braun TG 60

Braun TG 60

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.

Dieter Rams Sketches

Dieter Rams Sketches

These are sketches by Dieter Rams from the 50s and 60s that were pub­lished as part of an inter­view with Domus Mag­a­zine in 1984. Incred­i­ble how the final designs are very sim­i­lar to these sketches.

Via Iain Clar­idge

Dieter Rams' 1976 Speech


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.

Das Programm

Dam programm braun rams

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.

Dieter Rams

Image cour­tesy of Sep­tem­ber Indus­try.

Seems like there’s a ton of stuff going on around Dieter Rams and his leg­endary work.

There’s the “Less and More — The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams” exhibit at the Design Museum in London.

To coin­cide with the event, a book with the same name will be released by Gestal­ten this month which fea­tures all of Rams’ prod­ucts as well as selected sketches and mod­els. They also have a video inter­view with Rams on their website.

The excel­lent design agency Bib­lio­theque has cre­ated two stun­ning posters ded­i­cated to Rams’ legacy. The first, which is pic­tured here, is titled “Dieter Rams’ Ten Prin­ci­ples” and fea­tures his ten prin­ci­ples for good design. They were com­mis­sioned by Vitsœ to cre­ate the poster, which is cur­rently avail­able on their site.

The sec­ond lovely poster they designed is titled “Dieter Rams T1000″ and fea­tures an illus­tra­tion of the Braun T1000 short­wave receiver. It will be screen printed and should be avail­able this week.

And finally we have the ret­ro­spec­tive book “BRAUN – Fifty Years of Design and Inno­va­tion” that cel­e­brates 50 years of the Braun brand. The book is slated to be released in 2010 but you can pre-order it now through Amazon.

Wheew! That was a lot! Enjoy.

Dieter Rams Less and More


“Good design is as lit­tle design as possible.”

Damn right. Words to live by.

Dieter Rams is one of the most influ­en­tial indus­trial design­ers of this past cen­tury. Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent of Indus­trial Design at Apple, is heav­ily influ­enced by Rams’ work. You can see huge sim­i­lar­i­ties between Apple and clas­sic Braun prod­ucts in their sim­plic­ity, beauty and function.

From Novem­ber 18 – March 14, The Design Museum in Lon­don is hav­ing an exhi­bi­tion titled “Dieter Rams Less and More”. The exhi­bi­tion will show­case Rams’ inspir­ing designs for Braun and Vitsœ. I might have to head to Lon­don just to see this.

To sat­isfy your fix, here’s a short doc­u­men­tary of Rams, a Dieter Rams Flickr group and a Braun Flickr group show­cas­ing the clas­sic Braun designs.

The Lost Poster


We’re all famil­iar with the sil­ver Objec­ti­fied poster, but Michael C. Place designed a sec­ond ver­sion with a white back­ground and sil­ver objects and black text that wasn’t used. It’s now being released as a lim­ited edi­tion let­ter­press, printed in metal­lic black and sil­ver ink, on Crane’s Let­tra 300gsm paper. Sounds like heaven.

It’s being printed by the awe­some Brook­lyn based Coeur Noir Let­ter­press, the same folks that printed the Hel­vetica poster and my son’s bap­tism invi­ta­tion. They do stel­lar work.

Only 100 will be printed and you can grab one for $125.    

Objectified Poster


The excep­tion­ally tal­ented Michael C. Place has designed this damn sexy poster for the new Gary Hus­twit doc­u­men­tary Objec­ti­fied. Sized at 27″ x 39″ and lith­o­graphed, it fea­tures illus­tra­tions of objects cre­ated by the design­ers in the film. The poster will be one sale very soon at the Objec­ti­fied store.    

The Nooka Zub


One of my many obses­sions is a well designed watch. Peo­ple that know me per­son­ally know that I always have a “weird” watch strapped to my arm. There are a few qual­i­ties I look for in a well designed watch. For one it has to have a min­i­mal design and two, the way the time is dis­played has to be unique. Nooka cre­ates watches that exhibit both qual­i­ties, and excep­tion­ally I might add.

For those not famil­iar, Nooka was founded by artist and designer, Matthew Wald­man, to cre­ate a more intu­itive way to view time through lin­ear and graphic rep­re­sen­ta­tions. A com­pany that makes well designed prod­ucts that work and make sense. Nooka is one of my favorite prod­uct com­pa­nies, right behind Apple, because of their aes­thet­ics and inno­va­tion. They just get it.

I per­son­ally own a Zub Zenv sg 38 in black. I absolutely love it. Most of the watch is made of a soft, breath­able plas­tic that is extremely com­fort­able. The new time dis­play takes a few hours to get use to, but once you do you’ll real­ize that it makes much more sense.

The watch above is the Zub ZenH in Fire Engine Red, which will be avail­able at the end of Feb­ru­ary. You can pre-order it for $130.

And no, this isn’t paid adver­tise­ment. I just love the damn company.        


The logo and poster above were designed by Build.

Objec­ti­fied is a feature-length inde­pen­dent doc­u­men­tary about indus­trial design. It’s a look at the cre­ativ­ity at work behind every­thing from tooth­brushes to tech gad­gets. It’s about the peo­ple who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our man­u­fac­tured envi­ron­ment on a daily basis. It’s about per­sonal expres­sion, iden­tity, con­sumerism, and sus­tain­abil­ity. It’s about our rela­tion­ship to mass-produced objects and, by exten­sion, the peo­ple who design them.

Through vérité footage and in-depth con­ver­sa­tions, the film doc­u­ments the cre­ative processes of some of the world’s most influ­en­tial design­ers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we sur­round ourselves?

Read direc­tor Gary Hustwit’s post about the film.

Objec­ti­fied is cur­rently in pro­duc­tion and will have its world pre­miere in early 2009.

Paola Antonelli (Museum of Mod­ern Art, New York)
Chris Ban­gle (BMW Group, Munich)
Ronan & Erwan Bouroul­lec (Paris)
Andrew Blau­velt (Walker Art Cen­ter, Min­neapo­lis)
Anthony Dunne (Lon­don)
Naoto Fuka­sawa (Tokyo)
IDEO (Palo Alto)
Jonathan Ive (Apple, Cal­i­for­nia)
Hella Jon­gerius (Rot­ter­dam)
Marc New­son (London/Paris)
Fiona Raby (Lon­don)
Dieter Rams (Kro­n­berg, Ger­many)
Karim Rashid (New York)
Alice Raw­sthorn (Inter­na­tional Her­ald Tri­bune)
Rob Walker (New York Times Mag­a­zine)
and more par­tic­i­pants TBA

You can pur­chase the limited-edition screen­print above that was designed by Build.