For FPM he has designed a collection of luggage called Globe, due for release in September 2012. The suitcases come in four sizes and are made of 100% pure polycarbonate. The shapes are a synthesis of function and aesthetics, where the technical solutions serve also as visual marks. We had the chance to meet Massaud for an exclusive interview and a preview of the Globe line.About the project Mr. Massaud says:
1. THE PROJECT:
“It’s a collection of luggage for every kind of situation: it’s lightweight, solid, resistant, efficient, high level in terms of quality and looks. We tried to reduce instead of adding elements, both functionally and visually. As a result it looks like the archetypal professional luggage for photography equipment and electronic devices, but redefined for common use. However, in order to enjoy it you don’t need to carry complicated electronics or optical products. The shape is just a parallelepiped with smooth edges, with the addition of some ribs (two horizontal and two vertical) that give a bit of structure to the luggage.”
2. THE CONCEPT:
“The request from FPM was to have no design, no fashion references, no special attention to fancy colors. That’s why we chose a dark blue that is very close to black, a deep and intense khaki (to stay away from a strong military feel but to give a neat sense of efficiency), a red which recalls Chinese lacquer and a very light and warm grey. There’s also a special edition in white, just because we like white.
FPM wanted to make an affordable product: it’s the less expensive of the collection but not because we sacrificed on quality. For this same reason we also searched for a permanent basic item, meant to stay in the collection for a long time. It didn’t have to look trendy or fashionable—on the contrary, the focus was a simple shape and a large volume, so that we could invest more in the study of details and mechanical fittings. We didn’t want to have a simple basic article without allure or identity, but something meant to be long-lasting as a collection and—from the consumers’ point of view—able to stand the patina of time.”
3. DESIGN PROCESS:
“We have designed every single part of the suitcase in the constant quest of efficiency and lightness. We strengthened the structure of the wheels to protect and make them super strong with reinforced plastic and glass fiber. The zipper and the stitches are clearly visible to show how good they are. It’s a strong piece of luggage—efficient and robust—and it has to look like it.”
Coodo is is a young company which aims to improve existing standards of living through innovative design, modern technology and top materials. Coodo has developed a line of innovative modular units that are perfectly modern and would work just about anywhere.
Each unit can be customized to the owner’s needs and specifications. They’ve designed a multi-functional pavilion, a pergola, a summer kitchen, mobile living units (small summer houses), and a residential building (i.e., a house/condo). Rounded corners and simple designs, making these a great option for people looking for small modular spaces.
Really design Ipod/Iphone dock. Open Mirror might be the alternative of a swish Bang & Olufsen CD player with the sliding doors. Italian firm Digital Habits designed Open Mirror,an oval mirror and custom iPhone/iPod dock with integrated speakers, motion-tracking controls and a mirror ideal to practice your lip-syncing skills in.
In the closed position the mirror is oval-shaped. Slide the mirror open to reveal a docking station for your iPhone or iPod to connect. Your various hand movements can control the volume, skip to the next song, or even pause the song you’re on.
Digital Habits has released the design of the Open Mirror hardware under the open-source license, which means you can download the schematics and build the whole thing yourself. Alternatively, they’re selling the various parts for you to piece it together, DIY-style, though you’ll still need to buy the Arduino separately and flash it with the appropriate software.
Furniture designer Mitz Takahashi, born in Osaka and based Montreal, creates his signature collection of pieces using about 80% recycled wood and materials. Each piece has a mid-century feel with unique characteristics, often with a combination of beautiful woods.
Working mainly on a commission basis, Takahashi crafts everything from bookshelves to guitar amps, and attempts to minimize even more waste by packing flat his designs when possible. His keen eye for harmoniously blending various types of wood keeps his furniture feeling cohesively pieced together, and the smooth finishes breathe new life into each design.
Takahashi’s sustainable style isn’t always serious. He recently created a small product line of humorous gifts like his “medieval assholes” coaster set, which showcases his ability to poke fun as well as his fine crafting skills.
For more information on Takahashi and his inspired designs, check out his site or contact him directly for commissions or sales inquiries.
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In 1970, Gary Anderson was a 23-year-old college student at the University of Southern California, when a Chicago container company held a design contest to raise awareness about the environment. Anderson’s submission won, and it became the internationally recognized recycling logo–and a design classic that ranks with the Coca-Cola and Nike marks, for sheer ubiquity.
“It didn’t take me long to come up with my design: a day or two. I almost hate to admit that now. But I’d already done a presentation on recycling waste water and I’d come up with a graphic that described the flow of water: from reservoirs through to consumption, so I already had arrows and arcs and angles in my mind.
The problem with my earlier design was that it seemed flat, two-dimensional. When I sat down to enter the competition, I thought back to a field trip in elementary school to a newspaper office where we’d seen how paper was fed over rollers as it was printed. I drew on that image – the three arrows in my final sketch look like strips of folded-over paper. I drew them in pencil, and then traced over everything in black ink. These days, with computer graphics packages, it’s rare that designs are quite as stark.”
3. GARY ANDERSON:
Despite a clear talent for the medium, Anderson actually became an architect rather than a graphic designer, and ironically learned to lament environmental regulations from time to time. But I won’t spoil the whole story here. Check out the full account on the Financial Times. Then remind yourself; you may become most well known for the work by which you’d prefer not to define your career. (And you may make all of $2,500 for it.)