Design is the art of gradually applying constraints
until only one solution remains. — Anonymous
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09.19.21: After you review these packaging designs, you will be hungry and thirsty. The 2021 Dieline Awards winners were revealed back in May and there are some really cool food products in the mix. There is a little something there for all design lovers. Like minimalism? Check out United Sodas of America. Speaking from firsthand experience, these sodas look as good as they taste. Similarly, Nice Cream by Work by Works Studio is a study in branding restraint with splendid results. Also worth checking out is FLWRPWR and its groovy late 60s early 70s vibe. There’s so much to see here and totally worth the slow drive. A newer find on The Dieline is Monty’s plant-based spreads. Day Job blended type and color with great success.
Print & Ink
This book: Kinfolk Travel book. To say that Kinfolk is a brand that has personified modern design is a grand understatement. For awhile, it seemed that Kinfolk’s potent influence was everywhere, inspiring others to launch brands, both digital and print, that endeavored to capitalize on its esthetic and ethos. I personally feel that things have leveled out somewhat for the brand. It still seem to holds a steady grip on the creative zeitgeist. Pursuing through their magazines and growing library of books is a serene pleasure. If Kinfolk Travel is anything like their recent garden book, also helmed by editor and chief John Burns, then it will be a welcome edition to the IAMTHELAB Library. You can pre-order the book now at kinfolk.com. Is there anything more lovely than preordering a book and being surprised when it finally arrives, fresh printed and ready to enjoy?
This collection: Handmade clothes from Perspective Flow. I was introduced to Prospective Flow via Wallpaper and haven’t stopped obsessing over this brand of sustainable, handmade clothing. (Click the Wallpaper link to see a few more notable brands to pay attention to.) The 3 brothers behind the brand, Daisuke, Yusuke and Kensuke Muramatsu, have mastered the art of studying the past to inform their future-forward collection. I’ve spent way too much time combing through their offerings and I’m signed up to their newsletter so I can discover new items as they arrive. The clothing is comfortable and clearly pay homage to vintage Japanese designs while paying attention to how we wear clothing today. Do not skip checking out their accessories as well, especially those rope belts. Love!
This site: The New Era Magazine website is a stunning combination of a growing collection of articles featuring modern makers, designers, and architecture. They also have what looks like a compelling companion magazine. There have been quite a few blog/magazine hybrids launched in the past few years. Openhouse and Cereal come to mind as examples that are worth exploring. It’s nice to see another worthy entry in this category of content creation. The New Era leans into creativity with a decidedly Scandinavian flair, showcasing interiors, design, art and craft. The website is clear and crisp with a pair of menus and a huge masthead that shrinks away as you scroll. On the content front, the interviews are insightful and contemplative, like their recent discussion with Swedish wood artisan Daniel Wester. I’d really like to get my hands on their print magazine and will hopefully do so before the year is over. They launched their 3rd issue this month and it looks just as creatively potent as the first two. Each issue is substantial in size and appear to be worth the cost. I’ll be sure to give you a run down in a future Print & Ink spotlight.
This candy bar: Mixing amazing branding and scrumptious-sounding flavors, Gigantic is a candy bar brand that is screaming to be tasted. That’s not an insult; go to the Gigantic website and tell me you didn’t hear GIGANTIC! in your ears. The regular four flavors sound amazing enough: Salted Peanut, Banana Pecan, Hazelnut Cafe and Almond Horchata. Then they went and added a seasonal Smashing Pumpkin flavor. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and low in sugar. Even if you are not a big candy consumer, the Gigantic website is a joy to behold. The branding is a home run, designed by the super-talented folks over at Gander. Little wonder that The Dieline gave them 1st place at their design awards this year.
This art: Melt Relief · Earth No. 1 by Kristina Krogh. If you are looking to be mesmerized by art, look no further than the exquisite work of Danish artist, Kristina Krogh. Follow me over to her website, via the links provided and let’s take a look. The piece I selected is entitled Melt Relief – Earth No. 1. This one of a kind textural masterpiece is made from wood, plaster, and acrylics. It reminds me of an aerial view of overlapping rice fields. The subtle touch of honey colored hues gives it a calming and meditative quality. You would do yourself a world of good to explore her entire collection. It’s tremendous. There are prints to marvel over as well. I’d love to hear which piece of Kristina’s art you’d like to add to your permanent collection.
These plans: A-frame house plans via DEN. I always get excited when I see that DEN has released yet another incredible set of house plans. If you haven’t heard of DEN, it is a company that are producing thoughtfully-designed house plans from the Catskills in Upstate NY and shipping all over the world. Click on the link in the show notes and take a look at this wonder. The Alpine 2.1 house has been described as the perfect small modern house and I concur. At 920 square feet (or 85.4 sq. meters) with 24′ foot tall ceilings, the Alpine 2.1 is a perfect blend of comfort and restraint. It satisfies my love for minimal esthetics and refinement. A highlight for me is the open living room area with that wondrous wall of windows. If you could build a home like this, where would you put it?