After being away for long vacation Design One is back to blogging. It’s a great honor to reopen the design agenda with an outstanding practitioner who Design One already mentioned here on the blog for his previous Red Dot Design Award – Ilian Milinov is here again with equally smashing design piece – the HANG STOOL. Crisis taught us that luxury is desperately ephemeral if it is not wisely combined with usability. This precisely is the massive asset of Ilian Milinov’s work, but few words on the Hang Stool may reveal more why it has Red Dot Design Award 2012. HANG STOOL is a folding stool/hang. When you don’t need it as a stool you can use it as a hang in your dressing room. Furthermore, you can hang clothes on it when in stool position. HANG STOOL is made of simple wooden x-shape structure and textile case it is slip in. The design of the textile allows the tension to be on a big area, thus the stool is extremely strong and light. For more works of Ilian Milinov please forward to his web site.

Indeed the HANG STOOL is not the first piece paving Milinov’s way into the heavy weight design but certainly it is a piece that will make him not a one-night-stander but a constant dweller of the upper league.

Please, all our readers, accept Design One’s sincere apologies for not putting up new posts in the last couple of months but new developments are pending in here. One of those is the new Design One series of typographic posters – so far there are only two of these made exclusively for private purposes. However, very soon there will be few new posters available for auction. The purpose of the posters is to ring a bell for how important is making things happen with our two hands only, literally – the posters will be 1 (yes, you got it right, one) piece only per poster and they are made with ink and acrylic on various cardboard media. The two posters exhibited here are on passepartout 600 g/m2 paper – 600×800 “It’s OK”,  and snow white Canson 300 g/m2 for 700×1000″Act nobly, speak purely, think charitably”. Similar to these unrepeatable posters, new ones soon will be available for auction/selling purposes, therefore Design One wishes to know your suggestions for its price – how much would you pay for such art pieces.

Design One chose to open the new year with an artist who has great eye for usability and art. Pieterjan Grandry graduated from the St. Lucas school of Arts in Antwerp and now works across multiple design fields. However, the most thrilling of it all is his “Crap Is Good” concept – one of the very fine developments under this caption is the gif player box, a simple yet genius device that works simple and has unparalleled visual effect – moving image in stylish and simple box. His engagements stretch to logo and identity design where he is equally skilled. Should you feel already excited about Pieterjan please proceed to his site where there is so much more to enjoy and discover.

Whatever to say about Hiroshi Sugimoto is probably already said or written, nevertheless Design One can not miss the chance to mark this prolific and unique artist. Born in Tokyo, 1948, he graduated from St. Paul University, Tokyo and 4 years later form Art Center College of Design, LA. Although in 1974 he moves to New York where he is living until today, his works could be seen from Tokyo through Dusseldorf  and Edinburgh to San Francisco. Sugimoto art approach however remains unseen – he studies mathematical, physical or other science’s law or principle and interprets it in marvelously aesthetic manner to finely flourish in minimal perfect product. His works might seem to some as rare industrial design pieces but thats exactly where his benchmark is – to cut the thin line between object d’art and industrial design not in term of usage, but of creation. If you feel curious and demand more on that topic please pay a visit to his official web site – there’s a lot to be discovered.

Speaking of illustration might be an endless conversation, however, should the agenda turns into the “minimal” genre in “Illustration” the good examples are really few compared to the overall mass attempt. Malika Favre studied Graphic Design in Paris and relocated to London and Illustration after a while. Her style is bold and simple yet compelling and unique, exactly what brought her into the Design One’s radar. Malika’a clients’ list is not a mile long reading, but the bold names among compensate completely: Vitsoe, Wallpaper Magazine, Sunday Times. To get more fluent in her visual language, please pay a visit to her site, there’s lot to explore.

When speaking of simple yet unseen graphic approach is difficult not to mention Magpie Studio. The graphic design practice nestled at Perseverance Works, London shows a style of its own others only could envy. The studios clients list is least to speak impressive – Royal Mail, D&AD, Apple, Print Lounge and many more, mainly those who cherish exceptional work rather than tones of non-sense propaganda collateral. Here, Design One picks up only few just-getting-the-idea images, however, should you visit their site you will feel the true scale of their work. Design One’s favorite is the “Imagine the possibilities”, a series of illuminating thoughts from Robert  Horne, massively impressive posters both as visual and as copy power (only two of the visuals pictured above). Enjoy!

Design One is back to blogging after long summer with this massive young talent – Fleur Isbell. Recently graduated from Bath Spa University, Graphic Communication, Fleur is having a great eye and large scale ideas in digital experimentation. Furthermore, these experiments end up gracefully with smart modern touch, exactly within the taste radar of  Design One. Besides the great visual language you may also enjoy the Isbell’s blog which is equally exciting. Indeed, the Design One blog could hardly give the full details of Fleur’s work but if it triggered your curiosity the job is well done, now switch to and enjoy.

This week design one is giving a deep bow to the architect John Lautner who would have turn 100 years on 16th of July. Being a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice is surely something that pays off over the years. The prove of this is Lautner’s own style and approach to the environment – his architectural heritage has become an emblem to the landscape it appears in. John Lautner’s prominent projects list is so vast this post could hardly outline it. If you really want to know more about this architectural pioneer please do pay a visit to The John Lautner Foundation site. Design One recommends the interview of Ms. Laskey with John Lautner.

Sometimes when we speak of contemporary art we intent to diminish the role of drawing – most conversations’ agendas are occupied by installations, large scale drawings, environmental sculptures but not drawings. However, here comes a bright ray of light courtesy by Jonathan Zawada – an australian artist whose drawings and sculptures dare to provoke deeper thoughts and at the same time don’t pretend to be a wow-thing. Should you feel inspired by the images shown here you could pay a visit to his official site to get a broader picture, you won’t regret.

When a viewer sees Joe Fenton’s work for the first time they are immediately stroke by the unprecedented delineation and mystical imagery in equal terms. Having been graduated Sculpting at Wimbledon School of Art Joe went to work in film industry as film concept artist and sculptor where he worked with Terry Gilliam and for companies such as Miramax and Disney. Apart from the film industry Joe is working on children’s book “What’s under the bed?”. Should you visit his site you’d get much better idea of his current projects, there’s much to enjoy.