Maximilian Heitsch graphically explores shape and space

Maximilian Heitsch is a Munich-based creative working in the fields of art, graphic design and cultural events. He focuses on the interaction of space, movement and simplicity. The effect is a body of work that reflects the ideas and practices of artists like Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella. I’m a fan of the tension that’s created between the intersections of the shapes, how the brain creates meaning in the abstract.

Maximilian Heitsch

Maximilian Heitsch

Vaulted Willow, a colorful pavilion that looks like it could walk

Vaulted Willow, a colorful pavilion that looks like it could walk

When I think of the word “pavilion” I imagine standard 2×4 pieces of lumber slated together to make the most mundane of barbecue shelters. Architect Marc Fornes and his firm THEVERYMAN has succeeding in creating the opposite, a brightly colored shelter made from aluminum shingles that together create an amorphous blog that looks like it’s ready to slither across the land, titling it the Vaulted Willow. These are the objects I’d love to see popping up in more places, a thoughtful piece of architecture that tries to incorporate organic and natural forms.

Transcendental photography from Sydney Sie

Sydney Sie

Taipei based photographer Sydney Sie sees the world very differently from you or I. She describes her own work succinctly, stating, “I want my works to be bright but eerie, and include aspects of graphic that particularly interest my such as colour. I like to capture surreal moments, but those moments or atmospheres I created through different analogue and, or digital approaches.”

Look through more of Sydney’s work on her portfolio site.

The Kawara Chair finds a new use for discarded Japanese roof tiles

The Kawara Chair finds a new use for Japanese roof tiles

The Kawara Chair finds a new use for Japanese roof tiles

Designer Tsuyoshi Kawara has found a creative re-use for discarded Japanese roof tiles, utilizing them as the seat of his Kawara Chair. Using a wooden frame as the base Kawara has found a way to highlight the beauty and individuality of the tiles as they come in a multitude of glazes. And though a seat made of tile may seem precarious, Japanese roof tiles are fired at 1200 degrees celsius, much higher than the 800 degree temperature of European tiles, meaning that they can hold the weight of a person up to 250 lbs.

I love that the design is centered around a discarded object that already has an inherent beauty. Kawara smartly developed a solution for an object that was being discarded simply because it wasn’t perfect enough.

You can learn more about the Kawara Chair by visiting Domus.

Kara Haupt’s charming ‘Old Man Jägermeister’ concept

Kara Haupt's charming 'Old Man Jagermeister' concept

There’s something I love about redesign concepts when they relate to foods and drinks. We see so many of these products day in, day out that to see them in a new light fascinates me. Kara Haupt has created something that perhaps defies “redesign” and approaching the “reinvention” space, creating a new concept from something familiar. In my mind this looks like it would be an aged, super premium version of Jäger that you take shots of on your yacht. Plus, “old man Jäger” has a really nice ring to it.

You can see her full concept by clicking here.

A’ Design Awards 2015 – Deadline February 28 (Sponsored)

A’ Design Awards 2015 – Deadline February 28 (Sponsored)

The A’ Design Award & Competition is the world’s leading international annual juried competition for design. The A’ Design Accolades are organized in a wide range of creative fields to highlight the very best designers from all countries in all disciplines. Entries to the competition are peer-reviewed and anonymously judged by an influential jury panel of experienced academics, prominent press members and established professionals.

The A’ Design Prize, given to award winners, includes PR, publicity, and marketing services, in addition to an exclusive invitation to the glamorous Gala-Night and Award Ceremony at Como Lake, Italy, where award winners are presented their exclusive trophies, hardcover yearbook of best designs, and certificates.

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Deadline for entries to the A’ Design Award & Competition is on February 28, 2015. Results will be announced on April 15, 2015.

Long read: A heady, inspiring interview with Experimental Jetset

Last year, Collective magazine conducted an interview with Marieke Stolk, Danny van den Dungen and Erwin Brinkers, who are better known as the designers behind Experimental Jetset. They speak about they’re process working together, how you evolve as a designer, dislike of the term ‘target audience’, and much more.

In particular I loved their mentality, that they “don’t study theory; we live it”, which comes across in a very heady, sort of existential way. I’m not one to over-intellectualize ideas (you’ve read this blog, right?) and most of the time that stuff goes over my head. But you can tell that the guys from EJ, however deep their thoughts may be, really do live by their words.

We know, there are plenty of critics out there trying to make designers feel inferior, trying to prevent designers from making creative (and intuitive) use of theory, trying to force designers to think in a more ‘rigorous’ way – but really, to speak with Raoul Vaneigem, “such people have a corpse in their mouth”. They are supporters of a dead and rigid notion of theory.

Probably one of my favorite interviews I’ve read in a while, click here to read the full piece.

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Famous city landmarks rendered in minimal line work by Studio Esinam

Famous city landmarks as minimal linework by Studio Esinam

Came across these killer prints by Studio Esinam over the weekend which have landmarks and other notable buildings rendered in a minimal line art style. The effect is a series of works that are filled with wonderful details yet can sit comfortably in the most simplistic of spaces. I’d personally love one of these prints for my bedroom which Kyle and I keep relatively white and clean. I feel like I can relax in there better because of it.

You can view all 10 prints by clicking here.

The Stone House transformation by Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects

The Stone House transformation by Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects

A little bit of old, a little bit of new. That’s what Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects have put together with their Stone House transformation in Scaiano, Switzerland. The space is fresh and contemporary in so many ways, with the glass filled cutouts, polished concrete floors and ample amounts of light.

This concept allows on the one hand the authentic conservation of the historic stone façade, which tells the history of the house and on the other hand, it generates zenith light for the rooms with exceptional light reflections. It would not have been possible otherwise to get sunlight into the rooms, in such a village structure with narrow streets.

In my opinion this looks like the ultimate getaway. Think it’s available on Airbnb? You can see more photos of the entire renovation on designboom.

Photo © Hannes Henz

Tobias Frere-Jones illustrates the basic mechanics of type

The always inspiring Tobias Frere-Jones has started a new series of posts on the mechanics of type and so far it sounds perfect for the novice and expert alike.

This new series of posts will explore what I call “typeface mechanics”, the behind-the-scenes work that makes typefaces visually functional. It is what placates the stubborn oddities of human perception, helps or hinders the user, and informs long-standing conventions of design.

The first part is about vertical and horizontal position of type. Logically you’d think all the letters would line up perfectly though unfortunately our brains don’t work that way. Take a read and see for yourself.