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MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji

New Brand by Humankind Launches Compostable Refills for their Deodorant and Mouthwash Tablets

Just a few weeks ago, I begged subscription-based micro brands to cut down on excess refill packaging that goes against their "sustainable" missions in a 2018 trend re-cap. Just a couple months into the new year and new brand by Humankind announces this: Yeah okay, this is another plastic refillable deodorant shell. But, just like with any good real-life human, it's what's on the inside that counts, right? Instead of sending customers plastic cartridge refills like most deodorant, razor, etc....
Tags: Design, Packaging, Naoto Fukasawa, Humankind, Myro, Humankind Launches Compostable Refills

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 9 Favorite Design Books of the Year

Here’s our unscientific, highly opinionated guide to the best inspirational design books of the season: Above: Interior Portraits: At Home with Cultural Pioneers and Creative Mavericks (Rizzoli), from much-admired Bay Area photographer Leslie Williamson, takes us on a tour of notable California homes, from Robinson Jeffers’s seaside cabin and cottage and tower in Carmel to architect Charles Moore’s iconic Sea Ranch house. (For more info, see our Required Reading post.) $34.43 from Amazon. ...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, New York, Julianne Moore, Australia, California, Uncategorized, US, Paris, New South Wales, Adelaide, Bay Area, Naoto Fukasawa, Carmel, Erica

The Finishing Touch for Your Minimalist Kitchen

A collaboration between JIA Inc. and renowned Japanese industrial designer, Naoto Fukasawa, winner of the 2018 Isamu Noguchi Award, the Monolithic cookware series is one set you won’t mind leaving on display. Its form balances minimalism with softness, creating an approachable aesthetic that entices the user to cook more often. Highlighted by smooth transitions between the cast aluminum with iron finish and heat-resistant plastic handles, the 3-pan set looks as close to seamless as you can get. ...
Tags: Kitchen, Design, POTS, Product Design, Naoto Fukasawa, Isamu Noguchi, Jia, Cookware, Pans, JIA Inc

All Apple employees now get standing desks — and Tim Cook has said he believes 'sitting is the new cancer' (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently disclosed an interesting detail about Apple Park, the company's new headquarters: Everyone gets a standing desk. "It's much better for your lifestyle," Cook said in a recent interview. Cook has previously cited doctors who say "sitting is the new cancer." Most of what happens inside Apple Park, the iPhone company's stunning new headquarters, is top secret. But Apple CEO Tim Cook recently disclosed one new detail about the work environment: Everyone gets a standing...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Steve Jobs, Trends, Siri, Tim Cook, Goldman Sachs, Wall Street Journal, Aapl, Vitra, Naoto Fukasawa, David Rubenstein, Carlyle Group, Interior, Apple Watch Cook, Apple Park

At NeoCon 2018: Flow by Magnus Olesen for ICF

ICF made quite an impression this week at NeoCon, receiving the Innovation Award for the unusual and arresting Land Lounge by Naoto Fukasawa for Plank. Flying somewhat under the radar, but nonetheless equally impressive, Flow is a unique modular lounge system with a cool, curvaceous aesthetic from the design team of Busk + Hertzog for Magnus Olesen. The soft seating system includes detailed upholstery—serpentining striations that emphasize the organic form and provide a feeling of movement to ...
Tags: Books, Flow, Naoto Fukasawa, ICF, Modular Seating, Upholstered Seating, NeoCon 2018, Magnus Olesen, Busk Hertzog, Flow modular seating, Land Lounge, NeoCon Innovation Award

Solar-powered house in Ontario redefines sustainable living in the wilderness

This remote cottage, nestled deep in a thick forest 160 miles from Toronto, Canada, allows for sustainable living deep within its wooded surroundings. It occupies a quiet lakeside site and functions as a weekend retreat for the architect’s family. The project was conceived by architect Kelly Doran and designed by his non-profit, MASS Design Group, which is known for innovative, sustainable projects like the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. The 2,500-square-foot home has a simple layout, with the po...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Green Building, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Hiroshima, Rwanda, Ontario, Green Architecture, Cottage, Naoto Fukasawa, Toronto Canada, Jasper Morrison, Sustainable Living

15 Favorites: Japanese Countertop Appliances (Available in the US)

We live in the golden age of Internet shopping. Today you can sit at your desk and order a host of quirky Japanese countertop appliances that, a few years ago, would not have been available without a plane ticket to Tokyo. I, for one, find this news thrilling, and if you do too—and are willing to hassle with power converters or have it rewired by an electrician for the cause—then this list is for you. Here, our 15 favorite Japanese countertop appliances that ship to the US. Electric Kettle...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Japan, Uncategorized, US, Tokyo, Appliances, Japanese, White, Muji, Naoto Fukasawa, Zojirushi, 10 Favorites, Kitchen Appliances, Amazon Above, Small Appliances

10 Easy Pieces: Folding Dining Chairs

As we enter the holiday push, it’s time to think about that last-minute additional dining room seating. Here are 10 folding chairs that are both tasteful and versatile. Above: The Piana Folding Chair, designed by David Chipperfield for Alessi, is available in four colors; $250 at Design Within Reach. Above: The Oslo Folding Chair has a solid oak base with black leather seat and backrest; $249 at BoConcept. Above: Made in Thailand, the solid rubberwood Spare White Folding Chair is $49....
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Furniture, Thailand, Ikea, Entertaining, Chairs, Naoto Fukasawa, Hudson Valley, Alessi, David Chipperfield, 10 Easy Pieces, Remodelista, Dining Chairs, Folding Chairs

Levi's Head of Design Jonathan Cheung on Productive Procrastination and Foolproofing Product Ideas

After hearing Jonathan Cheung give an insightful speech on the future of branding and retail at WGSN's Futures conference, we were inspired to speak with him in depth about his career history and current role at 164 year old denim company, Levi's.  Image Credit: Matt Edge How would you describe your current occupation?An orchestrator of ideas, a joiner of dots. I have the honor to work on the most iconic designs and in one of the most iconic companies in the history of clothing. The job of the...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Milan, People, Lotus, Levi, Jony Ive, Questionnaire, Fashion Design, Don, Naoto Fukasawa, San Francisco California, Jonathan, Giorgio Armani, Moschino, Phoebe Philo

Everyday Ceremony par Ferréol Babin

C’est avec grand plaisir que nous retrouvons Ferréol Babin, designer français talentueux pour lequel nous répertorions le plus d’articles dédiés. Il revient afin de nous présenter son projet baptisé Everyday Ceremony, une collection d’objets et accessoires minimalistes destinés à la salle-de-bain et à votre bien-être, ou mise en beauté ! Voici le brief à la base de cette réflexion : « Bathroom is a unique station where we experience some rare moments of refreshment, reinvigorate and thoughts. I...
Tags: Books, Design, France, Wood, Concept, Naoto Fukasawa, Voici, Deco, Bois, Objet, Miroir, Etagere, Salle De Bain, Ferreol Babin, Ferréol Babin Site

10 Easy Pieces: Countertop Microwaves

If a built-in microwave isn’t in your future, a countertop model will do the trick (especially when paired with strategies for hiding the microwave). Most of them heat food and function as expected. Few of them are attractive. In the middle of the Venn diagram of attractive and functional, we’ve found 10 we like, use, or have spotted in other’s kitchens. Above: The Viking Professional Custom Series Countertop Microwave Oven has a two-cubic-foot capacity and is available in stainless (shown), ...
Tags: Books, Japan, Ge, Uncategorized, US, Brooklyn, Appliances, Panasonic, Microwaves, Naoto Fukasawa, Lowe, Stainless Steel, Williams Sonoma, Rebecca Robertson, Kitchen Appliances, Small Appliances

Lodge Furniture for the Urban Rustic, from SNARK, Japan

From renowned Japanese architecture firm, SNARK, comes a new line of urban/rustic furniture for compact living, both indoors and out. Called Lodge, the line is notable for its elegantly designed, utilitarian pieces, and specializes in versatile storage and other everyday “tools,” as the company calls them. Made from simple, raw materials, such as wood, steel, and glass, Lodge’s furniture collection pays homage to both Scandinavian midcentury as well as industrial design. Most pieces are shipped ...
Tags: Books, Japan, Uncategorized, Furniture, Wood, Shelving, Naoto Fukasawa, Lodge, Meredith Swinehart, Storage Furniture, Lodge Furniture, Lauan Cabinet, Lodge s Steel Series Desk, Matsunoya Genius Low Cost Storage Solutions

10 Easy Pieces: Toaster Ovens

For an appliance that sits squarely on your countertop, in full view, there certainly are a lot of unappealing-looking toaster ovens on the market. Our picks range from beautiful Japanese ovens to standard stainless steel; they all look good and they all do the job (in fact, a lot of them do more than just toast). Here are our top picks. Above: Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Muji, the MoMA Muji Vertical Toaster Oven is a Japanese toaster (we think the hassle of using a power converter might b...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Japan, Appliances, Kitchenaid, Muji, Naoto Fukasawa, Macy, Williams Sonoma, Kitchen Appliances, Small Appliances, Fukasawa, Toaster Ovens, Toasters, MoMA Muji Vertical Toaster Oven, Balmuda

The Boundery Between Kogei and Design

That’s the name of an exhibition taking place at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (until March 20), curated by Naoto Fukasawa (one of my favorite designers, and I still think the Neon is the best mobile phone I’ve owned). The Japan Times interviews him about the show, which compares modern design to crafts.
Tags: Travel, Design, Interview, Events, Craft, Exhibition, Naoto Fukasawa, Japan Times, Kanazawa, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, The Japan Times, Kogei, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa

The Boundary Between Kogei and Design

That’s the name of an exhibition taking place at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (until March 20), curated by Naoto Fukasawa (one of my favorite designers, and I still think the Neon is the best mobile phone I’ve owned). The Japan Times interviews him about the show, which compares modern design to crafts.
Tags: Travel, Design, Interview, Events, Craft, Exhibition, Naoto Fukasawa, Japan Times, Kanazawa, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, The Japan Times, Kogei, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa

10 Years of 21_21

I have lots of fond memories of the 21_21 Design Sight, from the excitement when it was first announced — I mean, a building designed by Tadao Ando, and led by Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh, and Naoto Fukasawa, holy shit — to getting to work with them a couple of times through PechaKucha, by way of a kids workshop and event as part of the “Design Ah!” exhibition and Roppongi Art Night 2013, and then another event the following year. Not only are they celebrating 10 years — time sure flies — but they...
Tags: Travel, Design, Events, Issey Miyake, Naoto Fukasawa, Tadao Ando, Spoon & Tamago, 21_21 Design Sight, Design Ah, Naoto Fuksawa, PechaKucha, Roppongi Art Night, Taku Satoh, Issey Miyake Taku Satoh

Drawing Iconic Muji

Andrew has completed a fantastic project in which he’s drawn some of Muji‘s most iconic products. Here’s how he describes the project: To celebrate 25 years of being in Europe, Muji asked me to draw 25 of their most iconic products. You can collect all of them as postcards, in stores all over Europe, as well as being part of an in store display coming soon. Gotta catch ’em all! Pictured, the classic wall-mounted CD player, designed by Naoto Fukasawa.
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, Design, Illustration, Stores, Products, Postcards, Muji, Naoto Fukasawa, Andrew

10 Easy Pieces: Good-Looking (and Effective) Air Purifiers

Earlier this year, I was plagued with a series of undiagnosable sore throats. While fortified with antihistamines and pain killers, it occurred to me that where I live, in Brooklyn Heights, is only a few feet from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (it’s something I’m reminded of when I clean the soot from my windowsill). The upshot? I started looking into air purifiers, and my research led me to a list of effective, compact, and attractive options (cross-checked through message boards and consumer ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Japan, Abc, Appliances, Dyson, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Air Purifier, Muji, Naoto Fukasawa, Brooklyn Heights, Horne, 10 Easy Pieces, Amazon Looking, Small Appliances, Appliances & Gadgets

Jasper Morrison’s New Supernormal Collection For Vitra

Jasper Morrison, together with his longtime collaborator, Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, coined the term ‘supernormal’ to describe how design should be-understated, useful, and responsible. Throughout Morrison’s career, he has steadfastly applied this philosophy, making him one of the most iconic designers of his generation. His new collection for Vitra is yet another shining example of his genius for creating furniture for Supernormal humans. The collection includes the Soft Modular Sof...
Tags: Books, Milan, Office, Contract, Commercial, Hospitality, Seating, Side Tables, Vitra, Tables, Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison, Lounge Chair, Sofa, Modular Seating

Market Report: April 17, 2016

With more than 1,000 events spread throughout the city, Milan Design Week has filled the coffers of the design world with new products. Tile Above: Italian tile brand Mutina released new collections Puzzle and Mistral designed by English duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The brand calls the new lines “geometrical experimentations inspired by Italian rural homes.” Bath Above: Italian bath and lighting company Ex.t unveiled its new Plateau bathroom collection of sinks, washstands, baths, an...
Tags: Milan, Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Milan Design Week, Jasper Morrison, Edward Barber, Jay Osgerby, Plateau, Lee Broom, Market Report, Sebastian Herkner, David Rockwell, Raso, Maruni, Mutina, Sebastian Wrong

New Fukasawa And Morrison Launches for Maruni

Japanese manufacturer Maruni has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. Already well-established in Japan as a high quality wooden furniture manufacturer, the world began to take notice of the Hiroshima based company with Naoto Fukasawa’s ‘Hiroshima’ chair. Soon after, Fukasawa’s close friend and co-founder of the ‘Supernormal’ movement, Jasper Morrison, became a creative contributor to Maruni. Together, the two have designed a collection that has become one of the contract market’s most sou...
Tags: Japan, Milan, Education, Singapore, Office, Healthcare, Contract, Commercial, Hospitality, Hiroshima, Seating, Japanese Design, Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison, Contract Furniture

Flotstealing: What's Going On with This Design Knockoff?

Nicholas Baker is a talented industrial design student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. A little over a year ago, Baker designed this Prism Nightlight: The goal of this project was to explore a personal light device and create an innovative product taking inspiration from a notable designer. I researched the subtle subconscious cues from Naoto Fukasawa's design philosophy, along with his playful attitude to create my design. The Prism is a simple night-light inspired by ...
Tags: Business, China, US, Chicago, AliExpress, Baker,, Nicholas Baker, Savannah College of Art, Naoto Fukasawa