Sori Yanagi: The Butterfly Stool

Design // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Emerging from a post war climate, Japan began to establish itself as a modern design stronghold in the 1950’s. With influence of Western culture becoming highly prevalent in art, architecture, and design, the traditional Japanese approach began to blend with modern technologies. The Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi is comprised of merely two pieces of bent plywood, a stabilizing rod, and two screws. The profile, as its name is derived, appears to mimic a butterfly in flight. The simplistic form is also reminiscent of the gateways of Shinto Shrines known as Torii.

A'Design Award: Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design

Design // Monday, January 05, 2015
Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Juxtapoz.com, and happy new year. This is our last post looking at some of our favorite categories in the A'Design Awards, the Worlds' largest annual juried design competition that honors best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. Today, we look at interior space design, for offices, retails and exhibition design.

Geoff McFetridge for Patagonia

Design // Monday, December 22, 2014
We are huge fans of both Patagonia and Geoff McFetridge. Give us one of those hooded down sweaters and a Geoff painting, we are doing well. While getting coffee at our neighborhood spot this weekend, we saw an awesome mural/installation/product study on Patagonia's down products featuring the art of Geoff McFetridge. That led us to remember Geoff directed a short for the brand and has done some graphics for the SoCal outdoor company in recent years. 

A'Design Awards: Architecture, Building and Structure Design

Design // Sunday, December 21, 2014
This may be our favorite category yet in our ongoing spotlights on the A'Design Awards: Architecture, Building, and Structure Design. We travel, live in urban epicenters, appreciate a good building when we see one, so this category has some of the best things we have seen yet. From hotels, to university building, to malls and other commercial structures. We want to stay at that W Hotel now, too.

Troels Carlsen for Wiibroe Årgangsøl Beer

Design // Friday, December 12, 2014
It is Friday, it is the holidays, and we could use an afternoon beer. And now we are even more thirsty after seeing that Danish artist Troels Carlsen created a unique label design for Danish specialty beer Wiibroe Årgangsøl. This is the 27th time that the company has had a Danish artist create a special label, and Carlsen being one of the best in contemporary Danish art, we love the look. 

A'Design Awards: Packaging Design

Design // Friday, December 12, 2014
As you have seen on the site over the past few weeks, the Juxtapoz staff has been looking through all the finalists for the various categories in the A'Design Awards. In summary "In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products." Today, we look at some really awesome ideas for packaging design, which could be anything from Coca Cola cans, wine bottles, rum bottles, cookies, and some really good branding for meats and fish. 

The Juxtapoz Holiday Gift Guide

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 11, 2014
Yes, it's that time of year again. The time where you get to send direct links to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, girlfriends, boyfriends, brothers, and sisters to let them know EXACTLY what you want for Christmas and the holidays. The Juxtapoz staff sat down and compiled a list of the things we sent to our respective group of present-givers and wanted to share our personal wants with you. So without further ado, here is the Juxtapoz Holiday Gift Guide. 

Max Bill: Timepieces for Junghans

Design // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Swiss architect, designer, and sculptor Max Bill is widely known for his connection with the Bauhaus where he first studied under famed creators such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Oskar Schlemmer. Bill comes on the latter half of a generation of highly influential designers and artisans that revolutionized the way we create things today.

J Dilla figure by Pay Jay

Design // Monday, December 08, 2014
We are so excited to have the J Dilla vinyl figure by Pay Jay sitting in our office today, especially because the first edition has completely sold out! But have no fear, the second edition is in the making. Here is the lowdown The J Dilla Figure is an official Pay Jay Productions release, produced under the oversight of the Estate of James Yancey. The Figure was conceived and rendered by Detroit artist Sintex, designed and sculpted by Seoul-based toy artist P2PL. It was manufactured by Blitzway on behalf of Pay Jay. It is a collaborative release with Stussy, whose logo is officially licensed.

A'Design Award: Street Furniture Design

Design // Thursday, December 04, 2014
We have been having a great time looking through all the award winners and finalists that are part of the A'Design Awards. In summary "In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products." Today, we look at some really awesome ideas for public furniture, a great base for city planners to change the way we situate ourselves in a city. 

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