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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.

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.

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.


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.

It’s easy to write for someone whose work is a great mixture of unconventionalism, surrealism and bravery – leaving the images to speak for themselves is often enough instead of using various epithets and labels. However, some information on Darracott’s way might be of good use to those who are not intended to visit his site. Tom has graduated MA at Saint Martins and joined the Village Green design studio where he worked across diversified spheres of visual aesthetics for wide variety of clients such as Fabric Club, 032c Magazine, Nike, etc. Since April 2011 Tom Darracott runs his own design practice. For those really curious on his work please pay a visit to his site.