Why His Business Card Is Better Than Yours

Because it’s die-cut, foil-stamped, embossed, and expensive (“about four dollars a card”). Because it took 25 years to design. Because it doesn’t fit in a Rolodex. Because it doesn’t belong in a Rolodex. Because it’s on card stock so thick and creamy that it can slice cheese. Because there’s a surprise inside. Because it demonstrates “incredible marketing capability.” Because it’s the pride and maniacal joy of this results-oriented entrepreneur, the Patrick Bateman of event planning. Thanks to Design Observer for sending us his way.

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Hana by Shige Hasegawa Design


Milan 09: Tokyo designer Shige Hasegawa will present a table and lamp called Hana (meaning ‘flower’ in Japanese) in Milan next week. (more…)


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Brazilian Design Today: Frontiers

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With Brazilian designers and companies like F. Akasaka and Melissa helping to put Brazil on the map for design (not just street art), there’s a lot of talent that’s on the brink of making it big, which is the subject of the just-opened exhibit “Brazilian Design Today: Frontiers.” Interest in Brazil’s arts outside of the traditional cultural symbols is relatively recent, so to celebrate and showcase the variety and contributions of Brazilian design in the 21st century, the show focuses mostly on industrial design but also takes a look at digital mediums.

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There are gems aplenty among those 90 picked for the show, from Eduardo Recife’s handmade cut-and-paste fonts and Fernando Prado’s smart adjustable lamp to Hok Inovacao’s clever bid for Denmark’s postal service and Osklen’s salmon skin shoes. The online catalog is worth the browse to understand how Brazilian design is so different from its counterparts in other countries. .

Brazilian Design Today: Frontiers

Through 28 June 2009
Modern Art Museum
Parque do Ibirapuera, portão 3
São Paulo, Brasil
04094-000 map
tel. +11 5085 1300

Fighting Monkey Robots


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YOOX Launches Eco-Friendly YOOXYGEN Initiative!

In celebration of Earth Day (that’s April 22 in case you didn’t know), international fashion e-tailer yoox.com is introducing its latest endeavor, YOOXYGEN. The initiative will be an ongoing part of the YOOX site devoted to selling ethically conscious products and reducing the carbon footprint left by shipping orders to customers. In addition to eco-friendly and sustainable products, YOOXYGEN will also showcase designer collaborations, featuring limited edition items for YOOX customers. Think along the lines of fashions from Stella McCartney, vegan shoes from Camper, eco-sustainability books from Phaidon, accessories from Carmina Campus by Ilaria Venturini Fendi, and rare Brazilian jewelry line Caboclo. Another part of YOOXYGEN is Leny, an eco-brand which will support Al Gore’s Climate Project, helping raise awareness of environmental crises and global warming through the sales of totes and t shirts designed by fashion designers and icons. Click here to find out more about YOOXYGEN!

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Brian Dettmer: Adaptations


Artist Brian Dettmer dissects books to expose the beauty of their anatomy. Using an X-acto knife and tweezers, Dettmer pulls away carefully selected layers of books, revealing a complex view of their internal organization.

In this time when the book is no longer the most efficient way to store and transmit data, Dettmer’s transformations are at once nostalgic and forward-thinking. His process is a wonderful example of how a destructive act can create something beautiful and new.

View more images after the jump.

Through 9 May 2009
Packer Schopf Gallery

942 West Lake Street

Chicago, IL 60607 map
tel. +1 312 226 8984

Suitcase: Gothenburg

Hej from Gothenburg… It is wonderful. Morran is curled in my lap!

Jeremy Chen’s digital camera for the elderly


Shanghai-based Jeremy Chen’s Elder People Snapper is the camera I’d like to buy for my parents: It’s simple, clean-looking and chunky enough to grab onto. See the rest of Chen’s work, including a photo printer designed to team up with the Elder camera, on Coroflot.