May 29, 2018
Founded by Japanese architectural and industrial designers Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto, YOY explores the storytelling possibilities of minimalism, with "between space and object" as its design theme.
Some of YOY's new products include the Float II table and floor lights, where the lampshade appears to be magically supported its flex cable which winds its way gracefully down a sleek metal rod base. Wind is a wooden window frame with concealed fans around the edges which create a gentle breeze to send the net curtain aflutter, an ingenious installation which creates the illusion of space and air even in a stuffy, windowless room. YOY also designed a new version of the Cotodama Lyric Speaker, a clever device which displays the lyrics of the song being played in a beautiful, hypnotic display. We also like the Paint light, a seemingly blank canvas which, when switched on, lights up a stroke pattern as if it was painted in light. These are imaginative designs sure to silence even the most ardent critics of minimalism.
Concrete accessories such as the Concrete Cloud toilet paper holder from Lyon Beton are a great way to add some personality to a minimalist space. The Pipework London Tube Map wall hanger from Nick Fraser and the Butler umbrella stand from Ghidini 1961 would look great too.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
December 15, 2020
American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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