Red Dot

Ray Power “Air” for LFZ.

I have always been fascinated with bent wood furniture. The idea that you can take a substance like Plywood and form it into an organic sinuous shape is wonderful.Today while browsing a ton of websites looking for replacement bed-side lamps I came across Air from LFZ.

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Ray Power has designed the Air lamps for LFZ which are made from a substrate called Polywood. The lamps have a natural and contemporary feel to them that is easy to love. Appropriately named Air, the lamps have a lightness to them that is expressed through the thinness of the material, and the bent organic form. Air is made using super thin sheets of polywood which the designer has manipulated into this unusual organic silhouette. Air is available as both a wall mounted lamp, and a desk lamp. Both come in a variety of colors, ranging from primary hues, to more neutral earthen tones.

Air was the recipient of the prestigious Red Dot design award, and the Good Design award in 2009. That doesn’t surprise me at all because these look stunning.


MINI Recieves a Red Dot Design Award.

As a MINI owner I am really happy to post this. MINI was awarded a 2010 Red Dot Design Award for Communication Design.

For the 50th anniversary of MINI Switzerland, The brand produced a book in conjunction with the MINI Space website. The book was to be created as a giveaway for customers and at trade shows.

The idea behind the book was based on the slogan “Wash Me”, that it is often scrawled on dirty car windows. Ten artists were commissioned to turn a MINI into a piece of art by cleaning and washing it.

Since the title of the book is “Wash Me” the reader can wash the cover of the book to reveal the MINI lettering on the cover using a sponge and water.

It’s All About the Juice

After watching “Food Inc.” for the second time on my flight to Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday, I am trying to be more conscious of the food that I put in my body. For the last 4 months I have been really trying to do the buy local, buy organic, know where this food product came from thing when I go to the store. I have to say for the most part I am doing really pretty well. As in I won’t any chicken that I don’t get from whole foods, and then I am pretty dubious about it. Watch the movie you’ll understand. The same thing can be said about both beef and pork. If you want a good example of the pork issue download and watch the last HBO episode of 2008’s “This American Life” about hog farming in America (Episode 6, Pandora’s Box). Anyway that isn’t what this post is about, but the object I am going to talk about did get me thinking about fresh local food.

What this post is about is the amazing Orange Juice squeezer designed by Jaren Goh. Simple, Efficient, and absolutely beautiful. The squeezer features a hand crank, with a container for the juice at the bottom. I love the clean lines and the humble façade. I also like the fact that it has a small foot print which is ideal for my kitchen.

Orangin easily unfolds itself, opening into a citrus juicer, allowing you to add up to half of a large orange or smaller melon. The design is reminiscent of an old school pencil sharpener with a crank shaft. It is a simple and interesting kitchen machine distilled down to a basic functions, to make juice. Jaren Goh fuses the function and the form into a seamless product that is interesting for the person using the device, and is beautiful to look at. There is a certain level of fun in the elements that encourages making your own juice, through which you see that fresh fruit  is a vital and healthy alternative to what you buy in a box or jug.

This was a red dot design award winner for 2009, and will soon be available on the Yanko Design Store.