Gary Hustwit, the director of the documentaries Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized, is directing the first feature-length documentary about the life of legendary product designer, Dieter Rams. He has put together a Kickstarter to fund the rest of the filming and production. The backer rewards are great, including posters designed by Michael C. Place of Build. This is a great project that will preserve Rams’ life and work. I’ve backed it.
The documentary will include in-depth conversations with Dieter, and detail the process behind some of his most iconic designs. We want to get past the legend of Dieter, and get into his philosophy, process, inspirations, and even his regrets.
Verena Hennig is a German designer who started her career at Sagmeister Inc., and is now the founder and creative director of Studio Verena Hennig.
The studio specializes in industrial design, installations, print, digital, film, and has done work for brands such as Mini/BMW, Vitra, and New Museum Nbg.
I personally love her poster series for Bar Loft.
Have you heard of the site Minimalissimo? If not, go check it out. It’s an excellent online magazine for minimal design. They now have a printed magazine, and Issue Nº1 is available. The printed edition highlights the best features from the website, as well as exploring the minimalist design ethos and its influence on creativity.
More about the issue:
We have outlined five wide ranging disciplines—architecture, art, fashion, graphic & package design, and industrial design—to showcase what we feel is outstanding minimalism. We gain fascinating insights into the working lives of some of the most renowned artists, architects and designers of today. We interview Danish multidisciplinary studio Norm Architects, Swiss artist Zimoun, unisex fashion designer Rad Hourani, and Vitsœ managing director Mark Adams, who worked alongside the great Dieter Rams for more than twenty years.
The magazine consists of 160 pages on 120gsm uncoated paper, with a 300gsm soft-touch laminate uncoated cover.
Grab a copy on the website or from a stockist.
Japanese furniture company Conde House has collaborated with designer Naoto Fukasawa on a new collection of chairs and tables called Kamuy.
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.