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From A to B, from B to C; it is the world of designers; it’s designers’ circle.

We are surrounding by brands.D&L tells you the stories behind your lifestyle.


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Cooking is Art. There are no rules. 1/2 recipe shows you the smartest way to cook.

The Moment There are a lot of moments in one's life. We treasure each precious moment.


40 “I” is the most

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01. Vitra Edition


Vitra Edition is a project held by Vitra, a design furniture company founded in 1950. This project is orientated as a laboratory that gives designers or artists the freedom to create experimental furniture objects and interior installations, and to explore the possibilities and new ways of seeing design. A lot of designers have contributed objects to Vitra Edition 2007: Ron Arad, Jurgen Bey, Naoto Fukasawa, Frank Gehry, Konstantin Grcic, Zaha Hadid, Jasper Morrison, Jerszy Seymour, Tokujin Yoshioka and so on. The prototypes were shown for the first time at the Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein, from June 13th to July 22nd, 2007. The Vitra Edition may be seen as part of the public architectural tours offered daily by the Vitra Design Museum at 12.00 and 14.00.

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02. Go get your 3,000,000 Yen! Uniqlo's annual t-shirt design competition "UT Grand Prix" will be launched on August 15. The deadline is September 20. As usual, the grand prize winner will receive a 3 million yen award and also, you might have a chance to meet Sato Kashiwa, Tadao Ando or Yayoi Kusama as the judges if you win! Don't miss this chance this year!


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03. Scribbled Tiger


A new design from Onitsuka Tiger for the fall/winter collection is announced. Tiger has done a "rakugaki" treatment to a selection of their classic footwear. Rakugaki is a Japanese term which roughly translates to "scribble" or "doodle" and that's exactly this selection looks like. The Mexico ‘66 and the Samatore features high quality leather uppers with a graph paper like print. Also, take a look on their website. You can design and make your own custom origami tiger. Onitsuka has collaborated with the most famous paper artist Shin Tanaka to create a unique origami design.

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04. MUJI @ NY Japanese top brand of life style retailer, Mujirushi RyĹ?hin, as known as MUJI, is about to open up its first and second stores in New York. The first one will be in New York Times Building at 8th Ave between 40th and 41st streets. It will be its flagship store with a 5,000 square foot space. The other one will be at Broadway, between Grand and Howard. While Uniqlo is also setting up its flagship in NY, it will be interesting to see how these "Fuji apples" melt into the Big Apple!


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B n e r B


issue 06 BrenB is our guest this month! Besides his funky style of illustrators and comics, we found out he is also a humorous man, good cooker, and...Want to know more? Let's welcome BrenB from Ireland!


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Hi Bren! Please introduce yourself! BRENB was born in 1974 at a house called "Mum & Dad's" in Dublin, Ireland. As a boy he watched too much TV. But, as a girl he did write little plays which to be fair to him was pretty creative. Then again he did act out these plays by himself in the nearby park. Which at the very least has probably led to him to talking about himself in the third person. He continues to work in solitude as an illustrator and cartoonist.

I am very enjoyed your funky style illustration with hand written typography. Is your style inspired or influenced by anyone, anything? Glad you enjoyed them. Yeah I love hand-drawn type. As a cartoonist I’ve always been fascinated by the combination of words and pictures. Artists like Dave McKean, Henry Darger & Basquiat are never far from my mind. I’m a huge fan of Nate Williams as well. I like making it look like the computer never came near it even though it always does.



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What is the most interesting project you've done? Being involved in the recent VADER PROJECT was Are you one of the founders of Illustrators Guild of

such a thrill. 25 European artists were asked to cus-

Ireland (IGI)? Tell us a little bit about IGI.

tomize a replica Darth Vader helmet that would then be exhibited in London at the 30th anniversary STAR

No, I’m not one of the founders although I am a

WARS exhibiton. Ummm, I recently completed a large

director at the moment. It’s a small voluntary organi-

scale series of illustrations to accompany Ireland’s

sation that started out to promote Illustration in Ire-

entry for the Venice Biennale for Architecture. Doing

land. At present we have 50 full time members, run

the cover for the birthday issue of CANDY magazine

exhibitions, small book projects and host artists talks.

was pretty sweet too but Vader rocks!

Where do you live? Any suggested place in the city if we are visiting? I live in the center of Dublin. I’d recommend a visit to the Chester Beatty Library, amazing collection of rare books and a really nice cafe for lunch, my treat!


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Do you cook? What is your comfort food? Yes I love to cook. My house is full of cookery books. If I’m feeling like a treat I’ll cook my sweet chilli peppers stuffed with mushrooms and sausage meat. I’m getting hungry now…

What do you do in your leisure time? Well when I’m not working, which is all the time, I’m a bit of a movie buff. I used to watch 4-5 movies every day now I’m lucky if it’s 4 a week. I watch a lot of football on TV, I like to shower, laughing is good, read magazines, drinking alcohol, started going to the gym a lot recently probably because of the previous replies.

Could you choose one interesting object from your everyday life and tell us why you like it? I’m afraid it’s going to have to be my IPOD. I find it hard to sleep at night so I listen to podcasts on my IPOD and eventually I get my 2 hours sleep. But we also bought this crazy vegetable slicing machine recently that is totally addictive. I’m spending a lot of time using that.


What is your dream project? I have a few...I’d love to work on a book with Mark Murphy Design. I’d love to do a line of Vinyl Toys. I’d love illustrate a Harvey Pekar comic strip. I’d love to be commissioned to do a New Yorker cover. I’d love to be commissioned to do a series of book covers for Penguin. But basically I’m happy working with clients who are excited about their job and are enthusiastic about the possibilities.

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25 Do you think if there is any unique design style in Ireland? I think Ireland has developed a very eclectic style. It’s a European twist on America with a big shake of the UK. Up until recently we have been a poor country that exported it’s talent, now we are rich (kinda) so everyone is staying and we are much richer design wise because of it.


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If you have 1 month vacation, where are you going to spend? Well I’ve just come back from a month In New York, so if I couldn’t go back there it would have to be Florence, Italy.

27 What kind of music do you like? Any favorite band? I like good music, almost exclusively, although my girlfriend would probably disagree with that. Favorites at the moment include Anthony & The Johnsons, Bettye Lavette, Bonde De Role, CSS, Battles, Hot Chip, Interpol, Modest Mouse, Postal Service, THE KNIFE, etc etc


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Many designers would love to have their own coffee shop. If you are going to have a shop, what would it be??

Any words for your friend Jon Burgerman?

I like to own a shop that sold screen printed posters


and small press books, maybe a little gallery space and a couple of tables for coffee. It would have to be in Florence though, can you make that happen? Is

Thanks for the interview! This chapter is

that my fee for the interview?

designers' circle, and we hope you can introduce one of your friends, and will be interviewed in the next issue! Who will be the victim? :D

What does Design & Life mean to you? Striking the right balance! Hopefully someday I’ll achieve it.

World champion book illustrator and all round hot stud‌Oliver Jeffers!


The Moment There are a lot of moments in one's life. We treasure each precious moment.

Day dreaming

Hot, hot, a summer day Run, run, to my dreamy land White dresses, white skirt A Ve n t i c u p o f h o t c h o c o

My dearest, my sweetness marvelously happiness

Window seat, one alone with rainbow through the wall without ticket and my suitcase I a m f l y i n g t o Ve n i c e

M25 + Y100

C30 + M50 K50

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alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto / vrioon, insen, revep Nice experimental records from alva noto and ryuichi sakamoto /

mop - modern organic products - basil mint shampoo Organic shampoo with fresh smell

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Matsuyama grapefruit+lemon handsoap Organic handsoap


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35 the art of home appliance Amadana is a Japanese home appliance brand, founded in 2003. “Amadana” was originally an area in Japan during Edo Period (1603~1867), where gathering lots of lacquer workers and wholesalers. The lacquer craft combining the technology of Japan and its beauty can be as the basic design symbol and philosophy of Amadana. The director of Amadana is Shuwa Tei, who was born in 1968. In 1996, he established Intentionallies with Jiro Endo and Shin Ohori. Later, he cooperated with Toshiba to start up this home appliances brand, Amadana. (He also worked with the Wallpaper founder, Tayler Brule, building a stationery brand called Craft Design Technology.)

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Home appliance is used to be made for function with cold material, such as steel, iron, and plastic. However, the products of Amadana are more like furniture than just functional machine. Amadana uses natural elements, such as white oak and bamboo, to balance and soften the feel of its products. This is a wisely idea to create a modern interior without hiding your microwave in the kitchen corner. With modern design and Japanese traditional lacquer techniques, Amadana is definitely one of the most innovative lifestyle brands in 21st Century.

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Coffee maker White oak is used for the handle of the bottle. There is no heater to keep your coffee warm so that the taste of coffee is fresh. With stainless filler, it’s economical and no more paper smell in your coffee. Please read the instruction manual of it web page. The description is funny and interesting. (The instruction paper of their product is also one of their great ideas to catch your eyes.)


Electronic Calculator This calculator has 10 unique conversion unit functions that usual ones don’t have, such as centimeter to inch, yard to meter, and pound to kilogram, etc. It feels great when you hold it. The key top has slight dents to fit your finger, and the touch of it gives you satisfaction, and the color combinations of these calculators are well designed and fashionable.

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39 Stick type cleaner This is the most elegant home appliances I have ever seen. The shape is designed without occupying too much space, and it’s only need a space wide that enough for two pairs of shoes. Furthermore, it’s like a piece of art and you can display it everywhere in your house. We belive that AMADANA has shown us their sense of design, influenced our daily life and improved our living environment.

1/2 Recipe Cooking is Art. There are no rules. 1/2 recipe shows you the smartest way to cook.


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t s a o t n o d Tuna Sala & egg salad for two

I love to cook and collect recipes, but I never exactly follow the steps. For me, cooking should be playful. I always put my imagination to someone’s recipe and bring it to my vision. My cooking rules are easy and healthy. Modern people are always busy, and I believe, with 1/2 effort, 1/2 steps, 1/2 fat, 1/2 time of cooking, will also bring you to a lovely cooking experience and healthier dish. That’s why I called this chapter “1/2 Recipe”. Cooking is art. Let’s play.


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Hint ! This is a much healthier salad recipe without cheese, and you can taste the sweetness of corn and a little bit acridness of onion. If you can find Kewpie Mayonnaise in grocery, please buy it and try it once. Egg salad is another simple but delicious side dish. You can also use it as sandwich filling. Try to make it without any ham, cheese, and vegetable. Believe it or not, you will make it as often as you can.


TUNA SALAD 1 can of solid white tuna in water (80g) 1 t fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 T mayonnaise 3 T corn 1 T finely chopped onion 1 t salt 1 t pepper

EGG SALAD 2 boiled eggs 1 T mayonnaise Salt and pepper

1. 2. 3.

Mix all ingredients up. Place tuna mixing on the toast.

Toast in the preheat 350 deg ree oven for 5 minutes.



1. 2. 3.

Use fork to mash hard boiled Mixing up with mayonnaise.

Season with salt and pepper


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Like some luxury brands, Uniqlo has gone beyond fashion and embraced new product categories with their Hotels Homes line of home and personal accessories. The modern packages are designed by Kazunari Hattori. They also have a growing collection of goods for everyday life, from a full line of body and hair-care accessories to linens for the bedroom. We expect to see more from this new concept of Uniqlo.


Design&Life issue 06  

D&L is a monthly online minizine published by PH design consultant. It includes design, lifestyle, fashion, and creative news from all over...

Design&Life issue 06  

D&L is a monthly online minizine published by PH design consultant. It includes design, lifestyle, fashion, and creative news from all over...