SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN


IN SIMPLICITY WE FIND THE BEAUTY, BECAUSE THE EYE CAN REST! WHEN THE EYE IS ABLE TO REST, THE SOUL CAN REST!

KRIS SCHIRMER
2009/10/14





6/29/10

Fanta4 - Nur in Deinem Kopf - JUST IN YOUR HEAD! GREAT SONG!


Fanta4 - "Nur in Deinem Kopf" 
"JUST IN YOUR HEAD"

 

great song!


I WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL TUESDAY! 
SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS!  LOVE KRIS

6/24/10

today = photopoems

dear friends,

i just wanted to let you know, that a new baby is born.
;) not a real baby, but a "baby" which i had long in my mind.

6/22/10

ARMANI - FROM FASHION DESIGN TO BATHROOM DESIGN


ARMANI - FROM FASHION DESIGN TO BATHROOM DESIGN

Giorgio Armani  
(born 11 July 1934) is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines. He formed his company, Armani, in 1975, and by 2001 was acclaimed as the most successful designer to come out of Italy, with an annual turnover of $1.6 billion, and a personal fortune of $5.3 billion.



THE ITALIAN  FASHION DESIGNER PAR EXCELLENCE IS GOING TO DESIGN A NEW BATHROOM CONCEPT IN COOPERATION WITH ROCA.




 












































































































































































































Roca is the world leader in the definition of bathroom space and a 
benchmark reference in design.

The company was founded in 1917, is active in more than 135 markets 

with more than 65 factories spread over 17 countries.
Roca Sanitario Bathroom / Sanitaryware
ROCA GALLERY Barcelona
Currently, Roca has showrooms en Madrid, Lisbon and London 
(both under construction), Sofia, Sao Paulo, Prague, Shanghai, 
Vienna (under construction) and Casablanca. Roca have always 
prided themselves on their highly professional teams who 
endeavour to develop solutions in bathroom space. That is 
why they have created the Innovation Lab. which functions as 
a working unit of the Roca Design Centre. The Innovation Lab. 
works independently from the day to day operations on product 
development ; interdisciplinary working groups are created to 
research and probe into different anthropological, ergonomic 
and social necessities among others. Their main task is to 
identify future necessities through the study of users´ behaviour 
and market changes, create new concepts and develop them. 
Such a process demands the perfect combination of creativity 
and the right techniques for finding practical solutions.
Roca Sanitario Bathroom / Sanitaryware
This is the key resource to drive ahead and lead the company's 
transformation process whose ultimate goal is its acknowledge-
ment and recognition as the company which defines the bath-
room of the future.

In line with its firm commitment to technology, design and 
innovation, Roca works closely with highly distinguished 
architects (Moneo, Chipperfield, Herzog & De Meuron), 
interior designers and design studios (Benedito, Giugiaro,
Schmidt & Lackner). Roca is also deeply committed to 
environmental protection as demonstrated in the 
creation of its sustainable products which feature water 
and energy-saving devices.
Roca Sanitario Bathroom / Sanitaryware

SOME EXAMPLES OF ROCA'S DESIGN 


http://www.roca.com.es/ww/index.html?en

 




ROCA LOVES THE PLANET


I cannot tell you how curious i am already, to see the results of this amazing co-operation.
may you all find inspiration here!

& it would be a pleasure to hear from you as well - ideas, links or other infos are very welcome - best in the form of a comment! 
ARMANI SUMMER SURPRISE 

ENDE


6/16/10

ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

Born in Milan in 1918, he graduated in Architecture in 1944.
Since 1940 he had dedicated himself to experimenting on industrial products with his brothers Livio ((1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). Their interests were directed towards Urban Planning, Architecture and Design; they performed analysis and research on new forms, techniques and materials, aimed at developing a process of “integral design”.
In 1969, he was nominated Professor of “Artistic Industrial Design”; he chaired the Faculty of Architecture in Turin until 1980 and taught in Milan until 1993 as Professor of “Industrial Design” at the Polytechnic of Milan.
In 1956 he was one of the founders of ADI (Association for Design Industry).
MoMA’s permanent collection in New York hosts 14 of his works.

AUTH ZANOTTA "SELLA"
CHAIR DESIGN BY ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

Sella
Design by Achille Castiglioni

The imaginative, ironic Castiglioni brothers named the Sellino after the seat of a bicycle.

Composition: Cast iron, Steel, Leather

Dimensions:
Width: 27.7 Inches
Height: 12.9 Inches


Achille Castiglioni

Price:US $1,818.00


SELLA
Stool
1957 Design: Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
(1957), 1983 Production: Zanotta (1957) 1983
Assembled with mass produced pieces, this is a “phone stool” that translates into sitting while on one’s feet.

The seat, a leather bike saddle, is set on a hemispherical cast iron base (33 cm diameter) offering dynamic balance; the height of the seat can be regulated on the stem, a pink steel tube.

The total height of the stool is 71 cm and can be extended.
One can only grasp the idea behind this design object by remembering that in the Fifties most houses had wall phones, so the person using it was forced to stand.






 The prototype was presented at the 1957 exhibition
“Colori e forme nella casa d’oggi”
(Colours andshapes in today’s home)
held at the Villa Olmo in Como. 
 

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AUTH ZANOTTA "MEZZADRO" 
CHAIR DESIGN BY ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

 

Mezzadro

Design by Achille Castiglioni

Original and ironic, the Mezzadro stool has been one of the most beloved objects of Italian design for over half a century.
Composition: Steel, Beech
     

Dimensions:
  
Width: 19.9 Inches   
Depth: 19.1 Inches
Height: 19.9 Inches
 
Achille Castiglioni 

Price:US $1,399.00


MEZZADRO
Stool
1957 Design: Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
(1957), 1970 Production: Isa (prototype 1957), Zanotta
Perhaps the Mezzadro project is the best example of the desire to use part of an already existing object, confirming its shape but shifting the place and the way it is employed: a tractor seat designed in the early 1900’s used as a stool for private homes (1957 Triennial at Villa Olmo).
It is made of four pieces: the seat, a large wing screw, a leaf spring and a cross bar. Even the special fixing system employs a familiar object used for braking bicycle wheels, a large wing screw that permits fixing everything securely without need of screwdrivers or spanners. The seat is in stamped, enamelled metal; the stainless steel leaf spring supporting the seat, which acts as a shock absorber in a tractor, here is turned the opposite way to make the seat springier. The wooden cross bar (solid beech), which vaguely resembles a yoke, furnishes two additional points of support needed to make the seat stable.


Established in 1954, Zanotta is one of the most renowned brands in the history of Italian Design. With his extraordinary talent and drive, Aurelio Zanotta conquered the international scene during the 1960s, thanks to outstanding products that were emblematic both in terms of formal and technological innovation. Created with the collaboration of internationally famous designers and architects, Zanotta's pieces have won numerous awards and are a part of permanent collections in museums throughout the world. 



ENDE


6/14/10

THE ultimate space to rejuvenate your SOUL & BODY! - THE BATHROOM

THE ultimate space to rejuvenate your SOUL & BODY! - THE BATHROOM

"CITY SPA" by CLODAGH

My design-soul-sister CLODAGH
has designed one of the most amazing bathrooms i can imagine.
 watch the video!

combined with a colour bath ... 


i also can recommend her latest book very much, if you love "less is more" at least for the soul. 

&

CLODAGH is just amazing! 

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and NOW ...
.... the coolest and most amazing BATHROOM FOR CHILDREN! 

"A Daily Splash" by Christopher Coleman

 i love his design because he has a fable for fresh, energetic colours, he loves to play with all kind of beautiful new materials, and knows how to combine all of this in a fascinating way. just wonderful!

see the video about the children's bathroom, he designed for kohler.


 

... AND DON'T FORGET TO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! 
CHEERS KRIS 

mr uxn design
ENJOY and have a great day! 
kRIS

6/10/10

"TABLE DANCE"

... today it's all about tables. 
needless to say that the table is one of the most used and needed furniture next to the chair to sit on- right at the table ;) 
we gather together at a meeting, a birthday, having breakfast together with other people to share our ideas, our day of birth, or simply our daily breakfast.

who would look up the definition of the word T A B L E? maybe a person whose mother language is not ENGLISH? ...
here we go ... and it is quite interesting what we are going to discover there!

Table (furniture) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_(furniture)
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look what i just discovered ....

The furniture produced by The Saftiuk Conservatory is the embodiment of "practical decadence". These clever designs employ a sensible use of precious resources and over a decade of woodworking experience.  

The Saftiuk Conservatory is located in Brooklyn, NY.

$2,400
17.5"h x 59.5"w x 21"d
Solid walnut


This green option is constructed almost entirely from discarded clear walnut cut-offs. By combining the pieces according to a structural and artistic strategy, this sturdy table becomes visually engaging and exudes a smart, warm presence.
Currently in the showroom

http://www.voosfurniture.com/#/tables
VOOS is a condensed capsule of locally grown design produce, always fresh, packed with energy and creativity. We are located in a 1,500sf space at the heart of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. We are not a showroom, a store, a gallery or a venue. We are all the above and  also a design hub, a center for events, openings and parties to launch new creations and new ideas. 

you all have a wonderful day - i hope you got inspired!
hugs
kris


 



 

6/4/10

"KILL THE ENGINE - SAVE THE PLANET"


LET'S WALK THROUGH OUR DAYS WITH MORE AWARENESS TO KEEP THE WORLD ALIVE.


NO TRASH NYC 2030 from IDEO on Vimeo.

As part of Living Climate Change, IDEO New York imagines Manhattan in 2030 as a city without trash. When most people consider the environmental impact of trash, steamy landfills and smoky incinerators come to mind. The reality, however, is that these are merely endpoints of a much larger system. Come take a look or view more scenarios at Living Climate Change, a place to discuss the most defining design challenge of our time.

SOURCE: http://www.ideo.com/  

COOL AD VIDEO!!!
THE OTHER DAY, MY HUSBAND JAN AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE COULD SAY TO PEOPLE WHO LET THE ENGINE OF THEIR CAR RUN WITHOUT EVEN SITTING IN IT - IN SUMMER %(((
[STANDING YARDS AWAY TALKING TO OTHER PEOPLE!]

SO WE WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SHORT AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND, WHICH WOULD NOT START A BIG DISCUSSION, OR HUMILIATE THE PERSON BY USING " A BIG WAGGING FINGER" OR A MORAL SERMON, WHICH IS PROBABLY SOMETHING NO ONE REALLY LIKES! ;) 

HE CAME UP WITH A COOL AND SHORT SLOGAN ...

"KILL THE ENGINE
              - SAVE THE PLANET"

IN THIS SPIRIT
HAVE A GREAT SUNNY DAY!

YOURS
KRIS


i just wanted to know if i would find something under the former mentioned slogan  ...
and i did!

Kill the engine, save the planet

9th December 2009 Print
Idle drivers must switch off in a jam or we’ll all come unstuck. Less than five per cent of drivers switch off the engine when in a rush hour standstill.
According to Trimble, the Mobile Resource Management company, if more drivers got into this simple habit – damage to the planet would be vastly reduced.
Trimble, which has a number of customers operating large fleets, is urging businesses to do their bit for the environment during the week when world leaders meet at a Copenhagen summit to discuss climate change.
“If a driver is parked at the side of the road to complete paperwork or make a call or even making a delivery which lasts more than 10 seconds the engine should be switched off,” says Andrew Yeoman, MD of Trimble MRM.
“Idling the engine for more than ten seconds uses up more fuel than switching off and restarting again.”
For every 2 minutes the engine is idling enough fuel is wasted to have driven 1 mile.
“Road transport is the third largest source of UK greenhouse gases and accounts for over 20% of total emissions,” says Yeoman.
“It is easy to leave the engine running while taking care of other things but the vehicle is being ineffective and burning excessive fuel”
“Businesses need to be aware that even small changes in their drivers’ behaviour can impact the environment significantly. By identifying where fuel wastage is occurring and stopping it, they can do their bit for climate change.”
Trimble has grabbed the initiative by developing the Driver DNA box, a sophisticated ‘all seeing’ device which not only records where vehicles are travelling and how they are being driven, but also whether the engine is on and the vehicle isn’t moving.
In recent tests with a lorry fleet Trimble proved that reducing idle time to 10 minutes instead of an hour each day when not moving could reduce CO2 emissions by 1,297kg each year per vehicle.
With 564 fewer litres of petrol needed a year for each vehicle, the business can save £614 per lorry.
For more information, visit trimble.com.

SOURCE: http://www.easier.com/63295-kill-the-engine-save-the-planet.html

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