Graphic designer Shigeo Fukuda dies at 76

The influential Japanese graphic designer Shigeo Fukuda died of a stroke in Tokyo on January 11, 2009, he was 76 years old. The designer was well-known for his anti-war and activist posters which featured iconic and simple graphics. He did very little client work and mainly concentrated on social and cultural concerns as well as exhibit design. Many of his works used humor as key element and often played with visual tricks. Fukuda was the first Japanese designer inducted into the new york art directors club hall of fame and was invited by designer Paul Rand to exhibit at the IBM gallery in 1967.

‘I believe that in design, 30 percent dignity, 20 percent beauty and 50 percent absurdity are necessary.’

Read the whole story: The New York Times.

Creative Teen Bedroom Ideas

creative Teen Bedrooms ideas

Decorating a teenage girl’s bedroom is a creative art work for parent to fulfill the needs of a teen especially girls having many desires in their mind regarding their room. Continue Reading

3 Inspiring building designs around the World

The fundamentals of building design lead us to create amazing furniture, incredible space saving innovations and minimalist styles which can be used to define a futuristic building. Oak Furniture UK highlight what they call an “Inspiring Interior” every week over at their blog and here is a few of their highlights over the past couple of weeks that take us around the world to sample some of the most innovative building designs of modern times.

The Cube Houses of Rotterdam

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Designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom (1934-1999), these iconic cubes were revealed unto the world in 1978, but construction wasn’t completed until 1984. Constructed using a wooden skeletal core, the houses are part of one single structure, which was covered with cement and fibreboard and insulated using stone wool. Continue Reading

‘Tate Otama’ by Mikiya Kobayashi

Tate Otama | Mikiya Kobayashi

‘Tate Otama’ by young Japanese designer Mikiya Kobayashi was the winning entry of the recent Toyama Product Design Competition.

‘Bring out the strength of the material’ was the theme this year.

Toyama is a prosperous region in Japan for metal, plastic, glass, lacquer etc. manufacturing.

Linoleum Remnant Kitchen Floor

linoleum kitchen floor

All the other arts we have to live with…but architecture is not a thing that we only have to live with–it is a thing we have to live in.

The excellent floor pattern was put together with remnant pieces of linoleum left over from a range of projects. Very cool pattern and smart waste use. Above the parts are laid loose for a test fit.

As indicated, make a quick study model before laying the floor. And use the ‘real’ linoleum, whose color goes all the way through and is highly scratch resistant, rather than the cheap plastic flooring sometimes referred to as linoleum.