Archive for September, 2008

Rotterdam Chair by Hella Jongerius

It’s been a while since we showed you any furniture in the form of a chair on the blog, so here is a nice little chair, named after the Everybody headquarters’ hometown of Rotterdam. Designed by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, it’s a stackable wooden chair commissioned by Vitra. Her idea was to produce a modern chair which was economic to produce, hence the choice of wood for the main material.

Everybody likes this chair and wouldn’t mind a few around the huge boardroom table here at Everybody Towers in Rotterdam. OK there isn’t a huge boardroom table… erm, or any towers, but they would look good around the table in the studio we sit around to eat our lunch.

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Bike racks – street art

Recently the city of New York held a competition to design the way in which the new Bike Racks look placed around the city, it was an interesting competition for a few reasons. The main reason it was interesting was it was open to all the design disciplines, with multi-disciplinary groups being encouraged.

The competition is still running but artist/musician, David Byrne (who is an avid cycler and was asked to join the judging jury) has produced some wonderful ideas of his own for the competition and the NYC Dept. of Transport has decided to put them into place for 364 days.

His designs is not one single piece replicated around the city, but each one being relevant to a particular area of town, for instance a Dollar sign for the one in Wall Street and a small dog for the one in the Village, etc.

Everybody likes New York city and everybody wants one of these outside our offices to put our bikes on.

Portable Fireplace

Well, 21st of September is here and that officially marks the start of Autumn in the northern hemisphere and as my Dad would say, “… ‘t nights are drawing in.”, which to all intents and purposes means it’s getting darker earlier.

This is something I found recently which struck me as a quite nice little object to help fend off the winter blues and help to keep us all warm of an evening. Designed by Wolf Udo Wagner, It’s is a portable fireplace which burns a bio-alcohol and is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use with the light will last for between an hour and a half and two and a half hours. The fuel emits a very low amount of Carbon Dioxide and therefore doesn’t require a Chimney. The piece is available in three sizes and made from fire retardant glass and stainless steel.

Everybody likes a nice fire and when it is presented in such an elegant and simple fashion it is something special. Click the picture above to be linked to the site to get more details and more images.

(Rolling) Stone the crows

Recognise it? This is one of the most powerful and successful logos in recent history and the original artwork for the logo has recently been bought by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for the sum of £92,500 (€117,470).

The story goes back a few years to 1970 when the designer John Pasche was studying at the RCA in London. By all accounts the Rolling Stones were not to happy with the boring ideas produced by their record label and sought elsewhere for a logo which was more to their liking.

John Pasche drew this up for them and it was an instant hit with the band, he was paid the princely sum of £50 for his work and the image has gone on to be one of the most recognisable symbols in the world of music. (The band also are said to have liked the logo so much they paid Pasche an extra £200 as a bonus.) He went on to design for the music industry as Creative Director at a couple of record labels and has received numerous awards for his work in the arts industries over the last 40 years.

Everybody says, nice one John, we love a good logo, especially one which is part of history and will, thanks for the V&A and the art fund in the UK, will remain one for years to come.

The more non-technical use of chips

I’m sure everyone has either experienced or seen the RFID-chip (Raido Frequency IDentification) if you’re living in Holland. The public transport in Rotterdam has been using them for a couple of years now, as well as England and a couple of other countries. But did you know you can actually do some pretty creative (and for some, useful) things with those chips?

Some companies might use them to store information on them and follow you to see where you go (like on the metrolines), but what about using the chips to have something else follow you?

Try a chair for example. Designed by Jelte van Geest as a graduation project, it’s a chair for a library that works with the RFID-chip. Hold your librarypass in front of it when walking into the library-area, it will follow you around wherever you go (within it’s vicinity of course). So whenever you find a book and would like to read, you just have to turn around and sit down.

While this isn’t directly graphic design, although the chair looks pretty artsy, it does show that you can be creative with other things than a pencil or sculpture.