Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2011

 

More or Less Minimal

WEB en.plusminuszero.jp In 2003, Naoto Fukasawa launched the Japanese brand Plus Minus Zero with a small collection of housewares and consumer electronics meant to embody a design philosophy summed up in two words: “just right.” The resulting products are generally small, affordable, highly functional, and utterly simple but with occasional surprising and even sensuous details. (A curvaceous humidifier resembling a…

Simple Influence

WEB www.phaidon.com Only Dieter Rams (of Braun fame) can claim to have inspired so many of today’s star designers, including Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison, Sam Hecht, and Jonathan Ive. The breadth of Rams’s work is detailed in Sophie Lovell’s excellent new book, Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible (Phaidon, $90), which covers the designer’s entire career and philosophy but…

Total Design

Dutch designers renovate a music hall in Eindhoven, tackling everything from the interior spaces to the cups and saucers in the café.

Best Seat in the House

Once a bathroom accessory of almost static beauty, the high-end toilet is now a high-tech contraption offering a bewildering (and potentially embarrassing) array of options. Are Americans ready for the full-service treatment?

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