Hartmut Esslinger

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Hartmut Esslinger is a German industrial designer who founded Frog, and is mostly known for creating the Snow White look for Apple during the 80s.

I personally love the designs that he did for German audio and visual manufacturer Wega, which eventually became part of Sony. The aesthetic has a bit of the Braun/Rams feel to it, but it’s also very unique. More organic and fluid. But you can clearly see that Esslinger and Rams had the same approach to product design during those days.

Seeing wonderful product design like this always makes me wonder why aren’t more designers/companies designing like this. Apple has proven that consumers appreciate beautiful, minimal design, so why do we see so much ugly shit? I don’t understand.

Via Aisle One

In the Making

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Acclaimed design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby join forces with the Design Museum London to celebrate the intricate beauty of the production process that captures and displays 20 different objects mid-manufacture.

From a £2 coin and a selection of diamonds to a cricket bat, a banknote and the designers’ renowned Olympic Torch, the selection of objects chosen by BarberOsgerby vary from ostentatious designer creations to objects of everyday use. The variety of the objects on display allow visitors to gain extensive insight into multiple manufacturing processes involved in making the things around us.

Furthermore, each object was carefully selected due to its unexpected quality in the moments, hours or days before each assumes its final, recognisable form.

In the Making is on display at the Design Museum, London until 4 May 2014.

Susumu Koshimizu

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We really enjoy the work of Susumu Koshimizu, especially ‘From Surface to Surface’ (1971, remade 1986).

Koshimizu investigates the substance of wood by sawing planks into different shapes, exposing their surface qualities through different kinds of repetitive cuts. The geometric lines produced by an industrial saw contrast with the slight irregularities resulting from missing chips, slips of the saw, and rough surface of certain edges. Koshimizu was part of Mono Ha (‘School of Things’), which reacted against the embrace of technology and visual trickery in mid-1960s Japanese art. They sought to understand ‘the world as it is’ by exploring the essential properties of materials, often combining organic and industrial objects and processes.

Harry Callahan

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Inspiring photography exhibition at Tate Modern. Well worth checking out. His retrospective book is also worth the money too…

Thames Garden Bridge

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London’s Garden Bridge will be a stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing, spanning the River Thames, linking the South Bank to Temple station and beyond.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick and inspired by actress and campaigner, Joanna Lumley, the Bridge will provide a vital new route between north and south London and feature plants, trees, woodland and meandering walkways to be used and enjoyed by all.

Led by The Garden Bridge Trust, its ground breaking design will integrate a new kind of public space into the fabric of the city, adding to London’s rich and diverse horticultural heritage.