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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.





erdem akan

Erdem Akan, designs porcelain and glassware, lighting and furniture for the maybe design brand, a company he runs with 2 partners, Bora Akcay and Susannah Akcay, in Istanbul and Vienna. Akan was born in Turkey, and educated in Istanbul with a BSc. in mechanical engineering and in the UK with a masters in industrial design. He prefers the term 'product designer' to 'industrial designer' because he believes that "in order to be successful, industry should follow design and not vice versa." I like his sentiment.

I am attracted to his Thonet Bench, pictured above, for its humor and juxtapostion of materials. And then I read his design philosophy, with which I also find kinship. Akan is interested in "the tensions between opposites: fabricated versus hand-made, natural versus artificial, romantic versus hard-core, new versus old, and especially between cultures, eastern versus western." I think the piece succeeds in amplifying these tensions.

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Blogger STAG said...

A friend of mine said once that the essence of false wit was to juxtapose two items which don't normally go together. For instance, "that guy is as smart as a small soap dish". I regard such wit and humour, even in the design world, to be quite suspect. One looks at the work and thinks "that designer is too clever by half!" Once the "cutsey poo" has worn off, you are left with the individual pieces...in this case, an uncomfortable bench that cannot accomodate 4 people.
Although it is "possible" to juxtapose design elements to create "tension", that doesn't mean you should do it unless you are clearly certain that what you want is tension, as opposed to good design.
The only real reason for such design dichotomy is to increase the "curb appeal" of a product line in a world where attention spans have been reduced to under 5 seconds...you count on the cutsey poo to catch their attention, and hope that their innate taste will come through as they examine the rest of your collection.
My commentary here is just that...an off hand comment. Not a critisism of your design abilities, or of Erdan Akham's designs either. I don't want to get started on his "industry follows design or vice versa" because it seems like something that you would tell the interviewer to sound clever rather than a workable philosophy of design. What ever happened to "form follows function"?

11:33 AM  
Blogger STAG said...

I stand corrected...that was "Erdem Akan". Sorry about that old bean!

11:34 AM  

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