Author: Mason Currey

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…

Reference

Deep Impact Here in the U.S., Indie Energy (www.indieenergy.com) may be spearheading a growing trend toward geothermal energy, but this country has been leading the way globally for quite some time. A 2009 report by the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association…

Starter Cubicle

DESIGNER Martí Guixé www.guixe.com The Spanish designer Martí Guixé describes his latest product as “a cubicle for making fun.” Although that concept may sound oxymoronic to your average office drone, Guixé’s design does look pretty amusing. Called My First Office,…

Shelf Life

The medicine cabinet is a highly useful invention, but it has seen few innovations since man first thought to stash his Band-Aids and prescription- drug bottles behind the bathroom mirror. That finally changed, however, at January’s Maison et Objet, in…

Ones to Watch

WEB www.newschool.edu/parsons www.tagheuer.com Here’s a good lesson for aspiring designers: get used to making things that you will probably never be able to afford. But that was hardly the only real-world lesson to come out of a recent collaboration between…

Aging By Design

WEB www.ifdesign.com Among the 43 medical devices selected for this year’s iF product-design awards in Hannover, Germany, three in particular should help consumers age in comfort and style. Paint-dipped canes by the New York company Omhu come in six glossy…

Back to Basics

Manufacturer: When Objects Work www.whenobjectswork.com Richard Meier is no stranger to product design—his oeuvre includes furniture, flatware, wristwatches, and a grand piano—but it’s been quite a while since the venerable New York architect has turned his attention to household objects.…

The Green Vanguard: Y is for YLiving

The online furniture retailer YLiving has always carried some ecofriendly products in its portfolio of modern designs, but lately the company seems to be pushing sustainability to the forefront of its business. Last summer it introduced three new collections noteworthy…