It seemed like Umbra was getting stale but looking at this I would say that they are back. These shower caddys are very difficult to design and this one is among the best I have seen. I am not sure that the marketing is quite right for an over-the-head caddy but it does look good.
Saw this at MoMa also. Here is their write up online:
"You don't have to get all prickly hunting high and low for paperclips. This clever porcupine creature, by young Korean designer Mika Kim, lets you collect them neatly, and adds a touch of wit to your desk. Made by Alessi of PMMA plastic and magnetic steel."
Does it add a touch of wit to your desk? I think that maybe it is time for the folks at Alessi to diversify their approach a little more.
This is the "MUJI" which means "Mujirushi Ryohin" in japanese which means "No Brand Goods." Their philosophy is "innovative and simple materials, processes, and packaging resulting in products are streamlined, environmentally friendly, and beautiful in their simplicity." That sounds good but results are a generic and cheap looking razor. It is compact and simple but the details in particular make it look dated and imprecise. Where is the "innovation"; the top ingredient in their design philosophy?
I think that this form is compelling and would inspire people to give it a try. The real "genius" is not in the form but in the courage of the team to make it and give it a give it a try in the market place. Not to mention the buyer that did the same. I would be willing to bet that this was run through the typical focus group validation process which seems too be useful in many ways but can also underestimate the risks consumers are willing to take.
Really nice, simple and clean graphic device for these refill pouches. A lot of what these guys do is a little too Rashid-eriffic for me but this is really nice and you have to admire Method's consistency. I think they were started in San Francisco in 2001 by Eric Ryan, a designer, and Adam Lowry, a chemical engineer. As far as I know even with the hugely expanded product-line they still don't test on animals.
Here I am receiving the Canzani Award next to Lucy Godman whose official title I do not know and Denny Griffith, the President of the College. It was a nice event and the campus is more impressive than ever. The award itself is also impressive. I am not sure who designed it but the heft and feel of it is great as are the materials and the attention to detail. It is by far the nicest award I have ever received.
This is part of the Tomy Zink collaborative. No matter how much they distance themselves from Polaroid the reality is that there are not very many situation where a consumer wants instant but medium quality pictures. Ultimately that is the challenge with this product, create a need for instant pictures and you are back in business but until then...