Archive for February, 2010

The Eames Aluminium Group

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Since 1958, the thin-pad silhouette of the Eames Aluminium Group has appeared everywhere – from magazines to movies, from homes to offices. Introduced by Herman Miller, the Aluminum Group was designed by Charles and Ray Eames’ to solve the need for high quality indoor-outdoor furniture.

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The chair features a sleek and subtle silhouette that adds a simple touch of elegance and sophistication. When designing this chair the Eames broke new design ground by experimenting with new materials. The seat-back suspension was also a major technical achievement and represented a departure from the concept of the chair as a solid shell. This sling style suspension combined with its padded vinyl or leather upholstery allows the chair to subtly conform to your body’s shape adding unbelievable comfort.

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It now comes in a variety of colors and textiles but I still find the stark contrast of the bright polished aluminum paired with the black leather the definition of classic modern design.

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Here is an awesome film by Eames Demetrios on the history and the production of Charles & Ray Eames’ famous Aluminium Chair.

Check out Herman Miller’s website here

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Packaging Spotlight: Axe Hair Care Line

AxeHairSince early 2009 AXE has been releasing a new hair care line designed specifically to meet guys’ needs and give them girl-approved hair. AXE created the solution with the launch of AXE Hair – a complete line of shampoos, a conditioner and styling products that gives guys a new edge in the grooming game.

Axe BottlesThis new product line features some well designed and eye-catching packaging. To begin with the sharp angles and squared edges of the bottle give a strong and initial masculine sense. Another first thought was that the gradient is actually effective and well placed. It’s subtle enough while still adding movement and contrast to the design. I also am a big fan of the placement of the typography selection and placement. The sleek san-serif font works nicely with the AXE logo and helps reinforce a modern look. Also, the right justification and the vertical orientation of the type add more vertical movement.AXE Hair

The only element of the design that bothers me is the ”smoke symbols” that are used for the imagery. I feel they’re irrelevant and could possibly be substituted by a series of simple logos. Overall, this is a nice package design that hit the mark on its target audience. Heck, I picked some up.

Objectified Movie Trailer

Objectified is a documentary film by Gary Hustwit that is about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. Featuring well known designers such as Jonathan Ive and Dieter Rams, Objectified is an astonishing inside look into the world of an Industrial designer. Director of Helvetica, Gary Hustwit, has stated “Objectified is the second part of a three-film “design trilogy” by Gary Hustwit, details on the third film will be released soon.”

Visit the Objectified movie site here.

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Podium by James Lee & Leo Obstbaum

As the 2010 Vancouver Olympics commence it won’t be long before ceremonies begin to award the most outstanding athletes in the world. For the 21st Winter Olympics awards will be givien to victorious athletes standing on podiums designed by industrial designer and Coroflot member James Lee in collaboration with the late design director of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Leo Obstbaum.

The Victory Ceremony Podiums were inspired by the peaks of the British Columbia

Rocky Mountain range and constructed from Western red cedar and Douglas fir.

Wood donated by communities, businesses, individuals and First Nations from across British Columbia was used to construct 23 individual and team podiums that will be used for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Also designed by Lee and Obstbaum are the wooden trays that will be used to present the medals. The trays have a non-slip surface in order to keep the medals in place.

Via: MoCo Loco

6 Intriguing Bookshelves

Between The Lines

“Between Lines” By WOKmedia

The work consists of laser cut stainless steel letter bands and then rubber coated in black. Each of the 2.7 meter letter bands can be coiled up to a small roll, unfolded and re-shaped to an infinite array of configurations. Without additional brackets the letter bands are simply screwed to the wall.

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“Bookwave Hanging Storage” via Better Living Through Design

This hanging shelf by designer Mehtap Obuz is constructed of felt fabric and stainless steel. I can see it working well for newspapers or magazines, or even to store clothes all while adding a structural form to a room.

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“REK” by Reinier de Jong

REK is a expanding bookcase that grows with your book collection. The more books the bigger the bookcase gets. The zigzag shaped parts slide in and out to accommodate books in the resulting voids.

“Oh, the Farmer and the Cowman Should be Friends” by Ron Arad

Used as a apart of an exhibition held in London at the Timothy Taylor Gallery awhile back, this shelf designed by Ron Arad is truly a unique piece indeed. Unfortunately, it isn’t buyable, but at least you can still imagine the many possibilities with it.

“Magnetique” by Andrew Liszewski

Endless arrangements await you with the Magnetique shelving system. The shelves use a metal sheet that can be mounted horizontally or vertically on your wall, and a collection of magnetically backed boxes that can be attached in any position. I would be cautious when it comes to mixing magnets and electronics, the shelves seem useful for holding books or non-magnetic based media. (Up to 6lbs.)

Folding Bookshelf

“Folding Bookshelf” via Freshome

Here is a unique and innovative shelving solution I really enjoy. The shelves are made of tough and steady cherry wood and they can be laid down, stood up, turned 90 degrees, used horizontally or vertically. It’s very practical because you can arrange the books in an interesting way, as you can see from these pictures.

The Richmond Olympic Oval – Host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

In less than 1 month Vancouver will be releasing the 2010 Winter Olympic. The event is almost ready and the venues are counting the days to begin breathe sports everywhere. And one of the biggest hotspots will be the Richmond Olympic Oval, a project by Cannon Design and definitely worth of attention by its beauty and design.

The six-acre building sits on the fraser river near vancouver and demonstrates the sustainability standards for the games. The building received a silver LEED certification, thanks in part to its clever use of locally sourced wood that was affected by the mountain pine beetle infestation. The design features three levels and seating for up to 8,000 spectators. The roof is the venue’s most striking feature, with a wave formation that is one of the world’s largest clearspan wooden structures. the building also collects rainwater for re-use throughout. the venue was completed in 2008 and will continue to bee used as a multi-purpose sport facility once the vancouver games are completed.

Located minutes from Vancouver International Airport, the Oval is a breathtaking facility along the banks of the Fraser River and a hallmark of public accessibility, environmental sustainability and worldclass sportsmanship.

Honored with several awards including the Institution of Structural Engineers 2009 Award for Sports or Leisure Structures, the building has spacious, modern interiors featuring wood floors, natural light and a broad public art program incorporated into the Oval itself and its immediate surroundings.

After the Games, this renowned facility will offer an inspiring environment for all skill levels—from fitness rookies to sports superstars—to progress towards their own personal podiums.

You can check these amazing photos below, and if you want to see the Oval in action by yourself there’s still time, the Olympic Games will begin in February 12! For more informations visit: vancouver2010.com.

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Burj Dubai Grand Opening – World’s Tallest Building

Opening on january 4th is the burj dubai – which will be the world’s tallest building.
but how tall it is exactly is only known to a few.

‘it’s still a secret,’ william baker of skidmore, owings and merrill (som), the tower’s
structural engineer, said in an interview.

The client emaar properties PJSC will only disclose that it’s more than 2,625 feet tall, consisting of about 164 floors.

Chicago-based skidmore developed the ‘buttressed core’ structural system that resembles
a gigantic ‘Y’ to support the super-tall tower, which is nearly twice as tall as skidmore’s
442-meter (1,389 feet) willis tower in chicago. Despite, the emirate’s recent financial problems sales of the approximately. 1,100 one- to three-bedroom residences in the tower, have not been severly effected. Baker said it takes about two minutes to get to the summit on some of the fastest elevators
in the world, which travel at up to 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour). The tower’s exterior is glass and steel that would cover 17 soccer fields, and will require
six to eight weeks to clean.

all images © imre solt