VotW 02: Niels Diffrient Speaks At TED


Here is a description of the lecture given by Diffrient from the TED website:

Design legend Niels Diffrient talks about his life in industrial design (and the reason he became a designer instead of a jet pilot). He details his quest to completely rethink the office chair starting from one fundamental data set: the human body.

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Our Fave 20 Design Blogs

Earlier this year we set out to promote our favorite Top 10 Urbanism Blogs that we feature in our sidebars. In the spirit of our first review, our second centers on Design blogs. So what where our metrics for selection? The blogs are ranked in the order in which our editor finds them to be most relevant to design, their visual appeal, and by the frequency in which they are updated. In the event of a tie, we selected our favorite reads first. Some of the blogs will be easily recognizable, while others may be a bit more obscure but well worth your exploration. Of course, this is a highly subjective list and we welcome any comments or suggestions for blogs that are not featured here or elsewhere on our site.

01:: Design Observer

This blog is our overall favorite Design blog. The design is clean, the editing is superlative and the content is always enticing.

02:: DesignNotes

This is one of our overall favorite blogs for design, content, navigation and features.

03:: swissmiss

Another one of our top destinations for design folly is this fine blog. Let us face it the Swiss can flat out design.

04:: designspotter

A daily photo blog that offers plenty of eye candy for your design desires.

05:: David Report blog

This is perhaps the best written blog in our survey. The opinions and discourse are always worth the read.

06:: Design Sojourn

Yet another well-written eye-catching design that is well worth visiting.

07:: Le territoire des sens

Always an interesting French blog that always seems to capture our attention.

08:: incli(NATION)

This is a straight-forward and concise blog featuring Architecture and Design among other things.

09:: dezeen

Well-rounded and robust another must have bookmark in your search of design.


10:: Design Milk

If you are into eye catching blogs with a diverse focus on design, then you have arrived.

11:: Core 77 Design Blog

Core 77 is a visually stunning blog whose main focus is on industrial design.

12:: CoolBoom

This is an interesting Architecture + Design blog featuring a well-crafted dark theme and ease of navigation.

13:: we make money not art

This selection is a quirky, uniquely designed blog featuring all facets of design.

14:: things magazine

This intriguing blog is crafty in its writing and always makes us wonder why did not come up with the idea first. Tangential thinking never looked so good.

15:: Cool Hunting

Number fifteen features a well-designed blog that features all aspects of design.

16:: Curbly

Curbly is an easy to navigate, well-edited blog featuring commentary and insight into design.

17:: designeast.eu

If it is happening in Central or Eastern Europe and it is design related it is featured here.

18:: edgargonzalez.com

An interesting Spanish blog that features a wide-range of design posts.

19:: designboom

A daily zine featuring photos, links and a plethora of other design related items for one to peruse.

20:: dezain.net

Do not let the economy of the design fool you. The content is top-notch and the links are always worth a look.

Modern Furnishings No. 03

Today we feature two pieces of furniture of Japanese designer, nosigner. The Arborism Table shown will be offered by Italian furniture maker COVO and will be released this month for resale. Below is a the written explanation from the designer for the inspiration for the design:

Arborism is a table with treeform arms. The design of the unique arms has been configured by the fractal algorithm called “Tree Curve”. So the design is the same as the branch structure of a real tree. The interesting point of this design is that it was completed not by the arbitrary work of the designer but by the logic of nature itself.

By being adapted to urban life recently, we are now far away from natural life. In order to regain our longing natural life, I propose the rehabilitation method by living surrounded by the products of which design hold natural logic.

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Modern Furnishings No. 02

Featured in this post are the Swedish architects Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky (formerly of UNStudio) who are in the preliminary design stages of producing a line of chairs they haved dubbed “Pirate”. Here is a description in the artists own words:

“Pirate chair defines the need for change within the same concept. The seat is simply shaped out of one line, cushioned with an ocean blue fabric. The legs are made of coated turn wood and takes inspiration from whatever style it comes over such as bobbin, bowback, rococo, renaissance and so on.

We have also noticed that there aren’t any good locking stackable restaurant chairs on the market, so we simply made this one.”

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Modern Furnishings No. 01

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This is the first in a new installment that we are calling, “Modern Furnishings”. Similar to our long running series, “Intriguing Earth Architecture”, these posts will feature new and unique designs. Additionally, the idea behind the series would be to highlight new design talent from around the world for our readers. The first to be presented here is Jeff Miller, a New York based designer that has both won many awards and been showcased in several exhibitions. Feel free to leave a comment or two.

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