issue forty-five

From the publisher

Designers create amazing products for our everyday life, yet the design ideas and inspiration behind these products that we use every day often go untold. So here is a collection of some of the best wrapped up in one edition!

For over 12 years, Curve has published stunning design stories, from designers the world over, to bring to you first-hand, direct insight into why a product was created and why it was designed to look and feel the way it does, why it works so well and why it improves your day-to-day life.

I hope you enjoy the experience we’ve put together here for you – as the first collection of the best products and designs we have covered in Curve to date - now exclusively on the App Store available on iTunes Newsstand and in the Curve editorial archive.

Belinda Stening

Inside this issue

A twist on shade

Nenufar Sunshade, by Yonoh for Samoa Design in Spain, is designed to be flexible in outdoor spaces, with the natural symmetry mimicking the shape of a lily pad.


Bigger than ever

USB-Clip by Scopetime can be clipped to papers, business cards or letters to prevent it from getting lost.


Breakthrough bathrooms

No matter what you say about contemporary bathroom design, it is unlikely that you would say it is a flexible environment.


Celebrate light

Although in the last few years we 
have assisted in an acceleration of the 
binomial design+art (just think of the success of fairs such as Design Miami/Basel, or of the growth of limited-editions design business – almost a contradiction in terms), the two disciplines have been going hand in hand for decades.


Chris Bangle

BMW chief of design, 1992–2009 - On the biggest barriers to new ideas in mobility design


Cold comfort

Rip Curl’s H-Bomb, the first power-heated wetsuit, was launched in Australia in 2009.


Dick Powell

Co-founder of design firm Seymourpowell - On the most important directions for design


Domestic bliss

Philips Design launched Microbial Home – seven design concepts for the future that form part of a cyclical, sustainable, domestic ecosystem.


From the scrap heap

When Nike leapt into the world of recycling with its Reuse-A-Shoe program in the early 90s, the footwear leader committed to building talent and resources to constantly improve its design standards in line with environmentally preferred materials and an ethos they called Considered.


Fuelling the fire

The Nike+ Fuelband is a sleek fitness-tracker-cum-wristwatch that can track your activity, and record steps taken and calories burned.


High in the saddle

The Quantum AMS Saddle was hailed as being the first major breakthrough in saddle technology in 200 years.


If the shoe fits

United Nude – founded in 2003 by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Galahad Clark, a seventh- generation shoemaker (Clark Shoes) – created the LoRes shoe.


In the bag

The Voltaic Generator Solar Laptop Charger is a solar-powered laptop bag designed by Voltaic Systems,


Ken Cato AO

Co-founder of design firm Cato Partners On building a strong international profile for his 


Look out for ‘!’

‘Ma’ is a Japanese term that indicates spatial 
intervals, a sort of gap or pause that allows people to interpret with their own consciousness.


Mudder of invention

In 2012, Tough Mudder had gone global, with 35 events and half a million participants, but it wanted fresh ideas and innovation for new obstacle design.


Need for speed

Speedo’s Fastskin3 Racing System took more than four years and 55 000 hours of research and development.


Peter Schreyer

Chief design director for Kia Motors Corporation - On the unique abilities of designers


Redefining excellence

The Windows Phone 7, by the Windows Phone design team, was designed around who users are, rather than what they do, to focus on making the end user ‘king’.


Richard Seymour

Co-founder of design firm Seymourpowell On having the courage to talk to clients in a direct way


Rise and shine

The Wake-up Light by Philips helps you wake up with natural light and sounds.


Sleek suits

Designed in New Zealand, Orca wetsuits for triathletes and ocean swimmers are ultralight and flexible, made from the most technologically advanced neoprene-like materials.


Some like it slow

In pre-industrial times, the success of an object was defined less by its design than by the ability of the artisan to work with materials.


Tesla Best in Show

For over eight years, Tesla Motors was focused on creating one of the most advanced cars on the planet. Designed by Franz von Holzhausen, the Tesla Model S is an all-electric vehicle with pioneering automotive-grade lithium-ion batteries and an innovative powertrain.


The democratic design of Yves Béhar

Typically, technology products for the developing world are hand-me-down versions of their western equivalents, of inferior quality and utilising lesser technologies.


Time out in the clouds

In our world of mass transit, we have become slightly obsessed with getting to our destinations in the quickest time possible.


True simplicity

Some ideas are very simple, honest and clear-cut. Yet turning these qualities into an actual product can be a tricky business.


Unleashing the domestic gourmet

Award-winning French designer Matali Crasset has gleaned her time and research spent observing the notorious French pasty chef Pierre Hermè to create the Essentiel de Pâtisserie collection for Alessi – touted as the ‘must have’ tools for all pastry chefs.