• Modern Scandinavian Design: Timeless, Tasteful, Tough

    It is without doubt that modern Scandinavian design has been widely accepted as an example of an excellent design practice, and it does deserve every single praise and applause it gets. But how do we define what is modern Scandinavian design? It is neither modernism nor post modernism, and it seems artistic, yet not opulent like Art …

  • Wabi-Sabi: Everything and nothing at once

    Wabi-Sabi is a very complex design philosophy. It is an aesthetic style, it is a way of life, and it is both journey and destination. While it is the most definitive form of the Japanese design aesthetic and philosophy,  there is no way to define it. By defining it, the essence of Wabi-Sabi is lost, …

  • Design principles of the Far East.

    Japanese design has always fascinated people around the world. It is subtle, yet impactful, mysterious yet clear. Based primarily on the concepts of Zen, the Japanese design principles are often more philosophical than physical. They also place a great priority on imperfection and stillness. The following are 7 Japanese design principles from Garr Reynold’s blog(accessible here …

  • No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative.

    Good design is elusive. It morphs and changes from culture to culture, time to time and place to place. However, the presence of good design awards points to the idea that there is a universally agreed sort of design excellence. I personally think that these design awards represent a snapshot of what is considered good design …

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