small significant things in everyday life by giovanni, webdesigner and almost anthropologist
on the alps in paris on the alps in versailles (changed home often, lately).
Love mountains? See you on my mountain and climbing blog stile alpino
Annie Leonard is back with another engaging and frightening look at how our disposable electronics are trashing the earth. The concept is that our favorite gadgets are “designed for the dump,” because they’re “hard to upgrade, easy to break, and impracticable to repair.” For instance, her DVD player broke and the fix-it guy wanted $50 just to look at it. Why bother when you can get a new one at Target for $39? Something about this system has got to change.
Design for the dump.Design to last This a must-see video.
Charles Eames’ conceptual diagram of the design process, displayed at the 1969 exhibition “What Is Design” at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. Pinched from Gloria Koenig’s excellent (and bargainous) book, Eames. Designers should be made to stare at this for ten minutes each morning. Conviction and enthusiasm: that’s what we should all be aiming for.
I love in particular the use of the expression: society as a whole. AS A WHOLE
Redesign dei loghi RAI.
Riassunto: ciao ciao farfallina insulsa e insignificante! Benvenuti alfabeto, standardizzazione e geometria.
(Ma è mai passato alla tele in orari umani? Probabilmente no, sarebbe una cosa troppo intelligente)
This is part of a collection of tables by Chinese designer Zhili Liu called ‘Shrub’.
Made of wet-lacquered, power-coated aluminium, the pieces use exposed sunken screws to the hold in position a network of ‘branches’, which together form the tables’ legs.
« I have been trying to create high specification products with typical Chinese industrial materials and basic techniques, through unusual design and engineering, and these tables are the first prototypes in this direction – which I believe could be another route for “Chinese design” » he said.
via ian claridge
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Vegetal roof at its best!
Euclid Avenue House by Levitt Goodman Architects (via contemporist)