Posts tagged ‘sustanable’

August 31, 2009

The 7 principles of Universal Design

On Universal`s Design site you can find loads of info about – well, Universal Design.

What is Universal Design?

It`s design for everybody. And it`s more – check these 7 principles:

Principle 1: Equitable Use
The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

Principle 2: Flexibility in Use
The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use
Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

Principle 4: Perceptible Information
The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.

Principle 5: Tolerance for Error
The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

Principle 6: Low Physical Effort
The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use
Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.

When you stop to think about these principles, a question comes to mind – How many designs do you know that can boast to comply with these principles.

This is a good point for designers and design-users alike.

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January 29, 2009

Lorcan O`Herlihy makes life shimmering in condos

Interior view of the stairs - Willoughby 7917, Lorcan Oherlihy Architects

Interior view of the stairs - Willoughby 7917, Lorcan O'herlihy Architects

outside of WILLOUGHBY house, by LOHA

outside of WILLOUGHBY house, by LOHA

A beautiful example how great efects can be achieved even with modest means. The project statement declares: “Willoughby 7917 led to a series of studies investigating how we could re-invigorate the loft typology and create new opportunities for living within the extremely tight economic and spatial parameters associated with speculative housing.” see more at LOHA site

interlaced outdoor and indoor spaces at Willoughby house

interlaced outdoor and indoor spaces at Willoughby house

January 9, 2009

Some like it raw – Brent Comber

brent comber obakki shop interior

brent comber obakki shop interior

Brent Comber is well known for his shattered tables and stools made of solid wood. His work relies heavy on the beauty of nature and natural objects, and is eco-friendly at the same time – using pieces of wood that wolud otherwise be descarded.
Now, at showrom of Obakki, a canadian store that showcases local designs, Brent Comber has made the largest ever design piece from shattered wood.
See other beautifull spaces with Brent Comber`s art/pieces at his site

detail and view of counter, obakki

detail and view of counter, obakki

detail of shop display piece, obakki

detail of shop display piece, obakki

December 14, 2008

Inventive or clever?

camelia washing liquid, by MUJI award 03

camelia washing liquid, by MUJI award 03

Have you seen the results of the third MUJI competition?

I think my favourite is the “cameila washing-up liquid”  by Huang Yi Tang. This clever taiwanese has remembered what was used in past for washing the dishes – a powder-like residue from making camelia oil, which has antimicrobial and oil absorbing capabilites.

Now, this age old taiwanese invention has been translated into new context, thanks to MUJI, the world famous brand with talents like Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison, this time in the role of judges at the MUJI award 03 competition.

See other winners at MUJI award 03 site or read on for a resume of awarded works.

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October 3, 2007

Piet Boon Zone: style up for winter

piet boon love seat

piet boon outdoor

What started out as a series of unique, high-end interiors for demanding customers, turned out as a new business niche for Piet Boon and his wife Karen: increasing demand for their one-off, elegant and crafted furniture pieces led to the creation of a new line of interior pieces, named the Piet Boon Zone.

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