Inside Japan's extremely minimalist homes - INSIDER

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Inside Japan's extremely minimalist homes - INSIDER

People in Japan are stripping down their homes in favor of minimalist designs — here's what they look like

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Home - Accessories - Songbird - Bojesen

Home - Accessories - Songbird - Bojesen

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The Songbird is a new creation from Kay Bojesen that joins the family of wooden animals created by the artist. The Songbirds were designed in the 1950´s but were never put into production at the time. Now in 2012 these six colourful personalities are launched and they will definitely find friends among design lovers all over the world. The Songbirds are made of solid beech and hand-painted, and they are named after the designer and his family: Ruth, Pop, Otto, Kay, Peter and Sunshine.

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The Bojesen’s patio at the family home Bella Vista near Bellevue, north of Copenhagen, was full of flowers, wicker furniture – and birds. There can be no doubt that this is the source of Kay Bojesen’s inspiration for the carefree songbird that he designed in the 1950s and hand-painted in cheerful colours. All six birds have a clean, modern expression, stripped of superfluous details.

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The birds are so lifelike that it is easy to imagine them breaking out in song as the sun rises. Kay is named after the master himself, a huge fan of the blue colour. Kay Bojesen was always impeccably dressed in either a blue suit, shirt and tie or his white smock. A gentleman with a sense for underplayed, discreet elegance! The birds are produced by Rosendahl, Denmark.

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Home - Accessories - Wall Clock - Max Bill

Home - Accessories - Wall Clock - Max Bill

Wall Clock by Max Bill. Produced by Junghans.

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The work of Max Bill was a continuous balancing act between free art and applied art, between severe, reduced forms and flowing natural ones, between philosophical thinking and practical application. examining the subject of "time" was a fascinating challenge for Max Bill, and one that occupied him for decades.

A remarkable example of his work is a wall clock he designed for Junghans in 1956/57. Rarely has the interplay of hour and minute been portrayed in a more stylized and elegantly simple way than with this clock, which can be seen today in the world's most important design museum - The museum of modern art. Max Bill - a product of the Bauhaus generation, pupil of walter gropius and kindred spirit of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe - was a virtuoso designer and creative artist, as his diverse activities as a painter, architect, sculptor, teacher and designer amply demonstrate.

His work is characterised by a clarity of design and precise proportions which are unrivalled to this day. The Max Bill wall clock with lines features a polished aluminum housing, white aluminum dial, chromium plated pointer, mineral glass and a quartz clock battery-operated movement.

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Home - Accessories - Unikko - Maija Isola

Unikko fabric by Maija Islola. Produced by Marimekko.

Fabric designed by Maija Isola in 1964 to teach Armi Ratia, the founder of Marimekko, a lesson after she had announced in public that no floral fabrics would be produced by Marimekko. Maija Isola blatantly ignored the mission statement and created not one, but a complete collection of iconic floral patterns. Unikko is available in a large range of colours, and new colourways have been created by Maija's daughter, Kristina Isola. The UNIKKO fabrics are made from 100% cotton, and the width of the fabric is 140cm.

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Home - Accessories - Kubus - Mogens Lassen

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Kubus candleholder by Mogens Lassen and produced by Paustian. Mogens Lassen was ahead of his time when he designed the Kubus candle holder 40 years ago as a reaction to all the over-ornate and elaborated candle holders customary at the time. His candle holder was designed with almost mathematical precision - a sharp, cubical frame with cylindrical candleholders on top of it.

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Home - Accessories - Hanger - Eames

Home - Accessories - Hanger - Eames

Charles & Ray Eames brought a sense of play to all their work. Throughout their careers, they designed a variety of whimsical toys and furniture for children, including this 1953 Hang It All, for Tigrett Enterprise’s Playhouse Division. Produced by Herman Miller.

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Home - Accessories - Vase - Aalto

Alvor Aalto´s Savoy vase produced by iittala is one of the most famous vases in history. Designed in 1936 for a competition at the Paris Worlds Fair, Finnish architect and furniture designer Alvar Aalto anonymously entered and won the competition for his vase under the pseudonym Eskimo woman's leather breeches.

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Home - Accessories - Chambord - Bodum

Home - Accessories - Chambord - Bodum

Chambord Coffe Press by Unknown french designer. Produced by Bodum.

This design icon Chambord by Bodum is the original French press, and an award winner of the American Culinary Institute's Gold Medal for two years straight. This version is ideal for serving two to three, and has all the favorite features including a polished stainless lid and holder, wide black handle and knob that stay cool, and a durable glass carafe. To use, simply spoon in the ground coffee of your choice, fill with boiling water to the desired level and plunge the press firmly against the grounds. Wait a few minutes then enjoy fresh coffee!

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Home - Accessories - Monkey - Bojesen

Home - Accessories - Monkey - Bojesen

 

The Kay Bojesen monkey is something of a design classic, which is quite an achievement for a small wooden monkey. Bojesen started life as a silversmith, but became world famous for his wooden toys, and is known as one of Denmark's applied arts pioneers.

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The monkey continues to be made in Denmark from teak and limbawood, embodying the principles of Danish design and superior craftmanship. The monkey even features on Danish televison, as a mascot in wildlife programmes, and a prize in quiz shows. Produced by Rosendahl

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Home - Accessories - Boo - Norway Says

Boo by Norway Says, produced by Muuto is like the skin, or a balloon surrounding the water with openings that tell the simple story of fluid motion in and out of the glass. The carafe exudes a strong personality, as if it's saying "I'm Boo, who are you?".

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