Archive for January, 2010

Dieter Rams : 10 Design Commandments

As head of design at Braun, the German consumer electronics manufacturer, DIETER RAMS (1932-) emerged as one of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century by defining an elegant, legible, yet rigorous visual language for its products.

1. Good Design is innovative
It does not copy existing product forms, nor does it produce any kind of novelty for the sake of it. The essence of innovation must be clearly seen in all functions of a product. The possibilities in this respect are by no means exhausted. Technological development keeps offering new chances for innovative solutions.


2. Good Design makes a product useful
A product is bought in order to be used. It must serve a defined purpose – in both primary and additional functions. The most important task of design is to optimise the utility of a product.


3. Good Design is aesthetic
The aesthetic quality of a product – and the fascination it inspires – is an integral part of the its utility. Without doubt, it is uncomfortable and tiring to have to put up with products that are confusing, that get on your nerves, that you are unable to relate to. However, it has always been a hard task to argue about aesthetic quality, for two reasons.

Firstly, it is difficult to talk about anything visual, since words have a different meaning for different people.

Secondly, aesthetic quality deals with details, subtle shades, harmony and the equilibrium of a whole variety of visual elements. A good eye is required, schooled by years and years of experience, in order to be able to draw the right conclusion.


4. Good Design helps a product be understood
It clarifies the structure of the product. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory and saves you the long, tedious perusal of the operating manual.


5. Good Design is unobtrusive
Products that satisfy this criterion are tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained leaving room for the user’s self-expression.


6. Good Design is honest
An honestly-designed product must not claim features it does not have – being more innovative, more efficient, of higher value. It must not influence or manipulate buyers and users.


7. Good Design is durable
It is nothing trendy that might be out-of-date tomorrow. This is one of the major differences between well-designed products and trivial objects for a waste-producing society. Waste must no longer be tolerated.


8. Good Design is thorough to the last detail
Thoroughness and accuracy of design are synonymous with the product and its functions, as seen through the eyes of the user


9. Good Design is concerned with environment
Design must contribute towards a stable environment and a sensible use of raw materials. This means considering not only actual pollution, but also the visual pollution and destruction of our environment.


10. Good Design is as little design as possible
Back to purity, back to simplicity.

Less and More
The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Editors: Klaus Klemp, Keiko Ueki-Polet
Language: bilingual German/English

Release: January 2010

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Wallpaper* Design Awards Twenty-Ten

The Wallpaper* design awards 2010 are once again here to celebrate the best of the creative crop from the past twelve months.

Wallpaper* picked out the best of everything:

Presiding over 11 speciial award categories, this judges formed a peerless creative panel:

Carsten Holler

James Murdoch

John Galliano

Kelly Wearstler

Pedro Almodovar

Steven Holl

Best city
New York

Best domestic design
Slowcooker, by Margriet Foolen, for Royal VKB

Best new grooming product
Organic Fragrances, by Honoré des Prés

Best new hotel
Habita MTY, Monterrey, by Joseph Dirand and Landa Arquitectos

Best new men’s fashion collection A/W ’09
Raf Simons

Best new private house
Paraty House, Costa Verde, Brazil, by Marcio Kogan

Best new public house
Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Best new restaurant
Kaa, Sao Paulo, by Studio Arthur Casas

Best new women’s fashion collection A/W ’09
Comme des Garçons, by Rei Kawakubo

Furniture designer of the year
Konstantin Grcic

Life-enhancer of the year
The High Line, by Friends of the High Line, James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofido + Renfro

Wallpaper* Design Awards: the winners

Best bath
‘Ofuro’, by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, for Rapsel

Best breakfast
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Best granola, by Meraviglia, Buenos Aires
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Best bread, by Albion, London
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Best coffee, by Seven Seeds, Melbourne
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Best egg sarnie, by Salties, New York
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Best juice, by Park Hyatt hotels

Best builder
R-O-B, by Gramazio & Kohler and Keller AG Ziegeleien

Best building sites
* Metropol Parasol, by J Mayer H, Seville
* Rectangular Stadium, by Cox Architects, Melbourne
* Tokyo Sky Tree, by Tadao Ando and Kiichi Sumikawa

Best camping
‘Opera’ mobile holiday home, by Axel Enthoven, for Ysin, Spring/Summer 2010 collection, by Dsquared2

Best cook’s kit
* ‘Basic Series’ utensils, by StokkeAustad and Frost Produkt
* ‘Terra’ saucepans, by Matteo Thun, for TVS

Best cork tease
* ‘Cork’ furniture, by Martin Szekely, for Galerie Kreo
* Bowls, by Skram

Best defence
Customisable skincare, by Absolution

Best domestic design

Best armchair ‘Archibald’, by Jean-Marie Massaud, for Poltrona Frau
Best bed ‘Superia II’, by Hästens
Best bench ‘Titikaka’, by Naoto Fukasawa, for B&B Italia
Best cabinet ‘Archetto, by Alessandro Mendini, for Cappellini
Best centrepiece ‘Aurora’ candles, by Monica Förster, for Liljeholmens
Best chair ‘Cord-chair’, by Nendo, for Maruni Wood Industry
Best coat stand ‘Signs’, by Big Game, for Karimoku and Isolation Unit
Best coffee table ‘Hexad’ coffee table, by Tomoko Azumi, for Benchmark and Rocket Gallery
Best hanging light ‘Kinetic’, by Michael Anastassiades
Best outdoor light Chilone Terra’, by Ernesto Gismondi, for Artemide
Best parasol ‘Nenúfar’, by Yonoh, for Samoa
Best rug ‘Furtive Persan’, by Jean-Marie Massaud, for Gandia Blasco
Best rug graphics ‘Tube’ rug, by Tom Dixon, for The Rug Company
Best side table ‘Stump’, by Pierre Charpin, for Ligne Roset
Best sofa ‘Sloped Arm’, by Calvin Klein Home
Best sofa bed ‘Sofabed’ by Harri Koskinen, for Bergen Design
Best stool ‘Tatit’, by Toni Kauppila, for Nth Dimension
Best storage ‘Hillside’, by Claesson Koivisto Rune, for Arflex
Best table ‘Achille’, by Paolo Armenise and Silvia Nerbi, for L’Abbate, from Twentytwentyone
Best table bench ‘Table Bench Chair’, by Sam Hecht, for Established & Sons
Best table lamp ‘ToFU’, by Tokujin Yoshioka, for Yamagiwa
Best vase ‘Doubleface’, by Florian Hauswirth, for Postfossil

Best genes
Paolo Anchisi / Lynn Koester

Best girls/blouses
* Alex Sandor at One Management
* Alexandrina Turcan at Major Models
* Luana Teifke at One Management
* Nicola Haffmans at Names
* Comme des Garçons Shirt Girl

Best in shows
* Calvin Klein Collection, by Italo Zucchelli
* Cesare Paciotti shoes
* Chanel, by Karl Lagerfeld
* Comme des Garçons, by Rei Kawakubo
* Dior Homme, by Kris Van Assche
* Fendi, by Karl Lagerfeld
* Gucci, by Frida Giannini
* Jil Sander, by Raf Simons
* Lanvin, by Alber Elbaz
* Louis Vuitton, by Marc Jacobs
* Paul Smith
* Prada

* Raf Simons

* Viktor & Rolf

* Z Zegna

Best in the West
Adam Kimmel Spring/Summer 2010 lookbook by Jim Krantz

Best jeans Calvin Klein Jeans

Best jewellery California Reverie by Van Cleef and Arpels

Best lit loos
Roca Gallery, Barcelona, by OAB

Best lit lunch
By Johanna Grawunder, for Robert at MAD, New York

Best new recruits
* Peter Copping at Nina Ricci
* Phoebe Philo at Céline
* Veronique Branquinho at Delvaux

Best new ski resort
Rocksresort, Laax, Switzerland, by Domenig Architekten

Best new suite
Panoramic Loft Suite, Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Best peep show
* Ankle boots, by Bally
* Sandals, by Cesare Paciotti
* Booties, by Nina Ricci
* Penny loafers, by Tod’s
* Beige suede loafers, by Pierre Hardy
* ‘Thomas’ loafer, by Sergio Rossi
* ‘Alvin’ loafer, by Church’s

Best personal service
Martini at the Connaught Bar, London

Best recycling
* ‘The Parquet’, by Apokalyps Labotek
* Porsche 911 3.8 Turbo

Best reissues
* ‘Baker’ sofa, by Finn Juhl, reissued by Onecollection
* ‘Plurima’ bookcase, by Charlotte Perriand, for Cassina
* ‘Splay-Leg’ table and tray, by George Nakashima, reissued by Knoll
* L’Eau d’Issey eau de parfum, Edition Ettore Sottsass, by Issey Miyake

Best retreat
Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah

Best rides
* Luigino Pista, by Pegoretti
* Steel Club Racer, by Independent Fabrication
* Super, by Colnago
* Track bike, by Kinfolk
* T200 Championship 50, by Cooper Bikes
* Velocita Urbana, by Milani

Best spa
Bath House, Green T House Living, Beijing, by JinR

Best spectacle
Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring/Summer 2010 show

Best time lord
Maarten Baas, for clocks that make people tick

Best turn-on
Switches and sockets, by Trufig

Best toy
Frank Lloyd Wright Collection, by Lego

Best use of colour
* ‘Bic Blue’ cabinet,by Studio Libertiny, for Perimeter Editions
* ‘Jade’ nail varnish, by Chanel
* Spring/Summer 2010 leather accessories, by Hermes
* Spring/Summer 2010 menswear collection, by Louis Vuitton

Best use of material
Clip House, Madrid, by Bernalte & Léon Asociados

HTC Readers’ Choice Award
‘W+W’ loo and basin, by Roca

2 Lounges : 1 will stay, the other will go

I’m in a bind with these two gorgeous Modular Lounges
1. Tufty Time, Designer Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia
2.
Strips, Designer Cini Boeri for Arflex

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Yarra House : Melbourne : Australia

Victoria (the state) is by far at the top of my list when it comes to Australian Architecture.

Yarra house celebrates modern Australian family life in its generosity of space, without ostentation, that is both practical and serviceable.   The palette is natural and subtle, respecting its materiality, with an emphasis on the handcrafted.

The focal point and central pivot of the house is a sculptural circular staircase.  This transitional element divides the entire double-storey space as it stretches out into a steeply sloping site.

Curved surfaces play against rigid lines in a style that the architects describe as ‘archaic’ – an effortless blend of both the primitive and artistic. Substance was the primary factor in the selection of timbers, stone and every other interior feature.

One seems to get lost in the beauty where the floors become walls; walls become ceilings; and ceilings open up to sky.

Light cascades down oak and white plastered surfaces. It washes over limestone and marble, illuminating art, furniture and every handcrafted and natural surface throughout the house.

Project : Yarra House

Architect : Leeton pionton Architects

In association with Susi Leeton Architects

Photography : Peter Bennetts

Painting : Song Ling and works can be found at Eva Breuer Art Dealer



Refreshed and back on board Twenty Ten

After a long break.. I have returned.  Stay tuned for updates.  Sal