Annex is a signed and numbered edition commissioned by the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Made completely of hand-honed marble, the tables use only gravity to securely join them together.
Photo: Kendall Mills
Wine Chillers by Joe Doucet with Neal Feay Studio
When commissioned by Wallpaper* for its annual Handmade Exhibit, design polymath Joe Doucet wanted to create more than an object, he sought to create a ritual. The result is a series of wine chillers, exquisitely crafted by Neal Feay Studio in Santa Barbra, California. A chilled bottle of wine is placed inside the containers, which prevent the cold from being lost by convection, conduction and radiation. The textures engraved in varying depths which wrap around the chillers are inspired by the wind patterns of cold fronts as they move around the globe.
AMU is the world's first mobile game that not only takes place on your screen, but also takes place in the world around you.
An entertaining test of agility, coordination and spatial awareness, AMU uses a sophisticatedly simple and graphic design interface to open dynamic, demanding game play to you and your surroundings. For the best experience, play AMU standing up.
AMU is available for download for iOS from Apple's App Store by clicking here.
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MINIM is a deck of regulation playing cards that dallies with the idea of how much you can take away while still maintaining a playable deck.
Simple geometric symbols are reductive versions of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades and while it's necessary to mark the back of regulation playing cards, we've done so with a minimal diagonal line.
The “The World’s First” blended scotch whisky, Dewar’s, was looking for an agency to give the brand a refined and premium update that translated its distinctive heritage in a way that would appeal to modern consumers. Playing on the brand’s “original” scotch whisky status, we arrived at a strategy for a look and feel that emphasised “Authenticity”. We then researched Dewar’s archival history to create a branding icon from the founder’s signature, a bottle shape that elegantly expressed its earlier incarnations and a series of branding details across both the primary and secondary packaging that all supported its prestige heritage and authenticity claims.
Cheeseplate & Knife
Walnut and Stainless Steel
The real challenge of a designer is not in making a beautiful one-off gallery piece, but in tackling the mundane. What could be more banal than a cheese plate? Can you make choices which make it highly appealing, better in function and, very importantly, considerate of manufacturing processes? These questions were the starting point for CUR.
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This elegant line of products and home appliances was created to reinforce the notion that taking a considered and strategic approach to product design within any brand portfolio should lead to products that are recognizable to consumers through their design ethos and not simply through the application of a logo onto the products.
The "circle" element which lights up to indicate usage on each product is prominent and distinctive while also serving a function and purpose in the products usage by the consumer. Pieces from the series were featured in the Dieter Rams retrospective at the London Design Museum (2010 - 2011) in recognition of Rams' influence with today's great designers.
Artistry asked us to develop their first skincare line for men sold exclusively in Asia with a minimal capital investment, as it was a yet unproven market for them. The result was the most successful product line launch in their history, a fact we are especially proud of.
By Joe Doucet
Birch wood and Silicone Tubing
Sling is a simple and elegant chair which holds a surprise. The backrest is actually a flexible silicone tube which conforms to the body, giving support to the appropriate area of the back as it naturally adjusts to each individual body type. Exquisitely crafted from solid birch, the tubing slips on to extensions protruding from the legs using only friction allowing for many variations by way of color and texture of the tubing. Once weight is applied, however, the tube grips the housing and will hold fast until tension is relieved.
Hand woven New Zeland wool rug
A place for everything and everything in its place, that's the inspiration for our Align rug. Hand woven by the expert craftspeople at Odabashian Rugs using the finest silk and New Zealand wool, our design expands on the 2mm x 2mm grid that forms the base of all rugs to create a design feature from its production with the benefit of facilitating the perfect alignment of furniture upon it. And just think of how much fun it'll be to move things around ever so slightly under the noses of those with Align.
Edition of 1
24" x 24"
Silver and Blue Mirrored Acrylic
Commissioned by Jean Lin and Jennifer Krichels to create a unique object to auction to relief the victims of Sandy, my thoughts turned to how quickly we forget about events of such devastation. Fathom was created as a beautiful reminder. When one passes in front of the object, the top part of your body is reflected in a natural way, but the bottom half of the mirror creates a deep refraction and convincingly makes you appear as if you are neck-deep in water.
We were excited to participate in this collaboration with Fritz Hansen/WeAreFamilia creating a box to safe keep artwork. Our answer to the brief; Wunderkammer, a self contained space providing both storage and enjoyment of the delicate works.
The brand team at Artistry tasked the studio with overhauling their entire color cosmetic and skincare packaging lines to inject new life into the brand, elevate its positioning in the minds of consumers and allow it to compete with the premium cosmetic and skincare brands found in high-end department stores and pharmacies.
Robert DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel Group, working with the city of Shanghai, briefed us to create a spectacular installation that was to surround an entire, redeveloped block of building's in the city's historic Bund district. They wanted something special; something very disruptive and modern to distinguish this block from the other elegant, historic blocks that make up this special area of Shanghai.
We believe truly special should always be revealed slowly, teasing and building anticipation. Our concept was to wrap the entire block, allowing for entrances and traffic, in panels of Smartglass, which go from transparency to opacity panels when a low current of electricity goes through them.
The electric current was controlled by a computer program that created random patterns, colors, gradients of transparency and movement around the entire block, ensuring constantly changing glimpses of the buildings inside. Relatively low cost, the Smartglass "hoarding" brought a sense of modernity while allowing for seasonal or celebratory displays throughout the year.
One Madison Park is an iconic building with a bit of a troubled past. We were asked to create an identity both appealing and transformative. We chose the silhouette of the building for its resemblance to the address. The visuals ask you to imaging yourself reflected in the window looking out at you commanding view of Manhattan.
Prism is the result of our first collaboration with the venerable French producer of design goods, Lexon. Reminisent of a cube sinking into the suface upon which it rets, the series includes a 10cm clock/radio/MP3 player, an 8cm rechargeble wireless speaker and a 6cm alarm clock. All with integrated touch controls and the latest technology.
For centuries, master furniture makers prided themselves on the technique and artistic flourish allowed through marquetry using precious wood veneers. Somewhere along the way, veneer became regarded as the cheap alternative to solid wood and synonymous with superficial. WL03 "Venerate" showcases the beauty of wood veneer - in this case maple - while highlighting the importance of conservation, creating a table with joinery that would be virtually impossible to craft without wasting the better part of a solid block of wood.
This project for Whirlpool is demonstrative of our ability to utilize design as a tool for innovation. The brief was simple; show is something interesting. The approach was to create an innovations program based around a thesis. The first being "today, we are forced to live with our appliances. Tomorrow our appliances will be forced to live with us."
The benefit to Whirlpool is that they received a model kitchen which acts as a "concept car", to visibly prove they are an innovation based company. Additionally, several product aspects can be incorporated into their existing product lines, such as, the "cooking door" which eliminates the need to keep opening the refrigerator door when cooking.
Crystal is a fascinating medium. To begin with, it really only exists because of light and has a miraculous effect when the true nature of light is revealed through the prismatic effects of crystal. In addition to creating the Visual Identity for Swarovski, we developed many different print materials for them, incorporating various printing techniques that subtly reflect and respond to light as they are viewed.
From an environmental standpoint, the benefits of shipping an object with as small a footprint as possible are numerous. Unfortunately, flat pack furniture has long been associated with cheap. WL01 "ScrewTop", proudly displaying its construction as a design feature, takes the idea of self assembly and elevates it to a fetish. WL01 is the first product in the new line WhyteLabel by Joe Doucet, which produces intellectually and emotionally interesting furnishings of the highest possible quality.
As much a brain tease as nesting tables, Abscissa uses form and perspective to inject new dimension to an otherwise unassuming furniture concept. These tables sequentially torque to reveal the inner tables when stacked together. The tables perspective challenging lines and angles create the illusion that surfaces are not flat even though they're perfectly capable of holding your drink.
Puzzles are generally perceived as simple play objects for children or genteel pastimes for the elderly. Puzzled introduces the need for a high level of mental dexterity to fit into place its array of geometric shapes which have all been cut from one solid piece of marble. As sculpturally pure as it is intellectually demanding, WL06 "Puzzled" proves that not everything that looks simple is simple.
Wallpaper* magazine commissioned us to create a project promoting their client Chivas Regal 18. The brief was to take the qualities of a rich, luxurious drink which one must take time to enjoy, and translate that into physicality.
The answer was Stereotype, a speaker system whose decadently rich sound is derived from both the material, carved from a solid block of sustainably sourced American walnut, and the primary and secondary sound from the dual-faced speakers.
The design allows for the speakers to be suspended or set upon a flat surface.
While it's true that every minute counts, there are more interesting ways of getting there than watching a second hand tick 60 times. Sync uses sub-bass frequencies within a liquid medium to intensify the ticking sound of a clock and create visible sound waves so that you not only see, but feel time tick away.
photo: Kendall Mills
When an entrepreneur asked us to redesign Hecho a Mano, a Russian language cigar magazine,we took the brand to a new level, allowing the owner to take his business into new territories.
In addition to creating the first men's luxury lifestyle magazine which celebrates Mother Russia herself, we changed the focus away from cigars to encompass the broad world of bespoke and custom products, referencing "hecho a mano", or "made by hand".
It's often said that a little chaos can lighten up any situation. We like the sentiment so much we decided it needed to come alive. Hadron is a pure form in hand-blown translucent black glass containing a 20 meter stretch of EL (electroluminescent) wire to create some wonderfully contained chaos.
photo: Kendall Mills
What's life without a few indulgences and, considering most things that are fun will eventually kill you, we thought we'd herald the virtually extinct ashtray. Our gold-plated Fetish is an effortless form; a circle pinched together in one place to hold that last cigarette before you get back on the wagon (again) for good. Remember, don't blame the much-maligned ashtray; it's an innocent victim in the war against pleasure
photo: Kendall Mills
May 17-21 2013
One of the best achievements that good design can bring to mankind is joy: a very simple concept that requires a sense of playfulness. For his yearly foray into the experimental and unexpected, Joe Doucet tackles the relationship between design and "play" through a series of concepts that re-imagine our interaction with the digital world, re-invent our perspectives on furniture and space, revamp some old-school modes of play and realize the potential of playing with some friends.
Whether the communique is of a loving or legal nature, SMS and IM conversations are only in electronic format, leaving no physical copies as a means for remembrance.
BlackBox is a portable unit that plugs into one's phone or laptop and uses a standard, non-carbon receipt printing system to create two matching records of any length of conversation. Simpler than trying to convert to email and sending to a printer, BlackBox offers instant records of conversations with a second copy that can be shared with the other party. After all, a paperless society only sounds good on paper.
9 unique objects in a series.
Solid moulded acrylic and dye.
Like most people in the path of Sandy, the first thing I did was to wait on line to stock up on water. The irony that an excess of water was the cause of the destruction was not lost on me, and led to my project. Taking the empty water bottles I stocked up on, I used them as moulds to cast solid acrylic forms ranging from clear to opaque black, symbolizing the deepening crisis water caused us over time.
Energy consumption in modern times has been considered a right rather than a luxury, guaranteed to be there at all times. With the current energy grid groaning under demand, as well as rising costs of production both financially and environmentally, consumers must wake up to a world where energy is the new luxury.
SwitchLamp is a lighting system that makes users conscious of their energy consumption by confronting them with a very large switch that must be manipulated in order to turn the lamp on and off. Integrating the switch into the lamp connects consumption directly to the light in the user's mind, while making late-night entrances less of a fumble in the dark.
We developed a new Brand Identity System for the No1 vodka in Australia and New Zealand to help them further penetrate the U.S. market.
In addition to all on and off premise items, created a new brand icon, the upside down Kiwi, to create a memorable mnemonic for the brand that reflects its origin while illustrating its intrinsic personality - something that was missing from its previous brand identity.
Created from a simple form which flows around a curve, Halo is an object which becomes visually interesting from any angle. Comfort and beauty merge into a stool which is equally at home in a cafe as it is on a pedestal in a gallery.
Printed Tyvek and Carbon Fiber.
We love kites. Equal parts folly and miracle of engineering, with a hit of harnessing nature to boot, our printed Tyvek and carbon fiber XYZ kite resulted from a study on wind resistance and its effect on flight stability.
XYZ's uniqueness stems from the idea that its stability comes from its instability, so it's perfectly capable of being flown but not controlled, so it does its own tricks, constantly surprising the kite's flyer.
Joe Doucet / OnTime
May 18-21 2012
We spend time, make time and indeed view time essentially as experiences, but can we translate these experiential notions of time into objects of beauty?
On Time by Joe Doucet is a series of concepts and experiments that seek to push our perceptions of time and its physical manifestations.
Bound is an exploration into combining minimalist structural engineering with a maximalist sense of elegance. every curve and line of the sensuous form was designed to impart a sense of the chair in a stasis of motion. it is meant to evoke a feeling as though the chair may, at any moment, leave of its own accord.
In an age where technology allows for a constant bombardment on our senses, where tablet computers and smartphones mean we are reachable 24/7, One Sense symbolises the human need for periods of peace and tranquility.
One Sense not only obscures environmental sight and sound from encroaching on the wearer, but utilises the color red and a display of spikes, drawn from nature's symbols for warning and defence, to alert others not to intrude.
photo: Kendall Mills
New York is a city that loves a challenge, and when Joe Doucet and Chad Phillips engaged the most famous and innovative designers working in this great city to create one-of-a-kind interpretations of Kidrobot's iconic Munny character, they jumped at the opportunity. The result is a never before seen group event featuring every generation of important figures in the world of design in one location transforming one form. Profero has created the most innovative online event and auction to document this moment in history, and to extend the experience to those not fortunate enough to be selected to attend the event.
When Hugo Boss asked us to reinvent their body wear packaging system, we knew the challenge ahead. The category is a "sea of sameness," restricted by the cost implications of showing a model's face across the volume inherent in body wear.
The solution was to conceive the packaging as a three-dimensional space showing the model in three overlapping poses covering all surfaces. This approach also allowed potential buyers to see the product from all angles, minimizing confusion and returns for a product that cannot be tried on before purchase.
The following is project commissioned for BMW to develop a printed documentation of their beliefs as a brand, or a Brand Book as it is referred to in the industry. The solution; a highly emotional and visceral journey, where you feel the road, sense every curve and your heart races in anticipation of being behind the wheel. Bound in white perforated leather to capture the luxury of speed and precision, the oversized volume expands into an extreme landscape format to ensure the feeling of an open road.
Mouth Blown Glass.
Spineless wonders can be greatly underrated, especially for their ability to keep the party drinks flowing. Our Baccic series of stem-less champagne, wine and martini glasses blend elegant shapes with a bit of mischief, meaning partygoers have to finish their drinks before setting them down. Needless to say, we don't believe in half measures.
Most of us sit under them, and usually bemoan them, every working day. The humble fluorescent tube has been at the forefront of efficient office lighting for decades, but reconfigured and re-imagined as a modern, immodest chandelier, it finally finds a rightful place in the home with WL02 "Flourish."
Configurable in multiples of 2 to 12 units
One of the services performed for P&G's premium hair care division in Geneva is helping them to concept the future development of their product lines.
The following is a sample of projects not currently being pursued, and therefore, we are able to show as examples of work, but it gives a good understanding of how we bring our thoughts to bear on the immense challenges they face as a brand.
Perk is a coffee service set which elevates the creamer, sugar bowl and spoon into a sleek and playful centerpiece.
This series of technically perfect, porcelain sculptures takes everyday vessel shapes common throughout history and celebrates their form rather than their function. Each WL05 "Presence" piece showcases the rarefied craftsmanship of porcelain artisans, and together they are a striking statement about utilitarian objects.
An Italian family who owned a water source in continuous use since the 4th century b.c. briefed us to create a new ultra-premium water brand from the same source as another of their products. The challenge therefore was to create a true difference in product beyond just packaging cues.
Research held that light affected the taste of bottled water, so our solution was to modify a portion of their bottling facilities so as to produce this new brand in complete darkness. The opaque bottle, its form and the secure neck seal all reinforce this experience so the customer therefore enjoys water with a taste that is completely unaltered by the effects of light.
According to Greek mythology, Zeus became so enthralled with io that his wife, Hera, turned her into a cow to hide her from him. We thought she might make a nice chair. From unparalleled craftsmanship. Individual pieces of leather are cut and moulded from a single hide and sewn using a precise saddle stitch technique which has all but vanished. Made from polished solid stainless steel base with Padova leather.
Chow Bella's sleek and comfortable chopsticks nest into a porcelain base which functions as both holder and chopstick rest.
As part of the philosophy of Bond. the design think tank formed and operated by Joe Doucet, a yearly exhibit took place during Design Week in New York. The exhibits were created to become a dialogue with the public around design as a catalyst for change.
This is Bond. was the inaugural exhibit announcing the arrival of Bond. via an exhibit of 10 projects which were designed to question the way we perceive the artifacts which permeate our daily existence.
Scape is a seating system modeled on the urban grid. Individual seating pads in five different heights slide into and out of the gridded base at will, allowing countless arrangements to be made. Its design creates instant environments. Bringing the energy of the city into staid interior spaces. Reconciling the individual and the community. Transforming the passive notion of sitting into a dynamic and involving activity. Scape brings people together in unexpected ways, facilitating intimacy and fostering interaction. Transforming one's situation into an experience.
One of the most contentious issues surrounding time is its effects on physical properties over the long term. What is perceived as character to one is viewed as crime to another. The unfinished solid walnut cone will age and gain patina over the years, changing a little each day, just like ourselves. Similarly, the mirror at its base lets the user see how they change with time as well.
photo: Kendall Mills
Inspired by a wine bottle bobbing in the ocean, Float captures a moment of complete stillness. Resting on the surface that it is placed upon, the porcelain vase gives the impression that there is more below.
iii is a membership service which enables subscribers to receive refills of selected personal products via post on a regular basis. It gives convenience a conscience, allowing consumers to save time, minimize waste and reduce their carbon footprint. The elevated aesthetic of iii imbues otherwise disposable items with a sense of permanence, as does iii's method of purchasing. The subscription service creates a sense of belonging while giving customers the reassurance of knowing they'll never run out of a favorite item.
Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda is a new brand of coffee launched by Grace and Robert DeNiro and sources its coffee beans directly from independent growers in Rwanda, supporting them and their local economies. Joe Doucet Studio developed the logo and packaging for the new brand, helping them with their presentations to also secure premium distribution through the Whole Foods gourmet supermarket chain in the USA.
When is a minute more than just 60 seconds? Through this mechanical device from an imagined past, which takes exactly one minute to complete its circuit, a minute can also become a pattern, a motion or a series of interconnected events that can have nothing at all to do with how we tell time.
photo: Kendall Mills
The glamorous Austrian crystal brand Swarovski has provided us with numerous projects and challenges over the years, including the following examples.
Frames 1-4 show an exhibition we created for them at the entrance of the Toronto Film Festival and featuring their products as they have been used in various films.
The following pages give an example of how we assisted them in developing their retail window concepts across various seasons.
A playful way to store your loose change, Cache is an adult version of the piggy banks we grew up with. The bowl easily separates so you can access your coins on laundry day, no hammer necessary.
When Jerry Helling, president of Bernhardt asked us to design our first contract furniture piece we were very excited as we love trying things we have never done before. The result of this collaboration was Duet. A small width conference chair that blends in to any environment. In addition to its clean lines and exquisite comfort, the chair is also 95% recyclable, a first for us both.
The increasing frequency and strength of natural disasters around the world has created the need to temporarily house large numbers of victims with little notice and minimal expense.
PopShelter is an ultralightweight, easily assembled shelter construction that can be flat-packed and air-dropped in large quantities. Not only does the structure offer protection against the elements, but also considers the mental well-being of the victims with interior colors that are recognized for their ability to lift the human spirit. Made from waxed corrugated cardboard, the structure is waterproof and easily recyclable.
The established fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent asked us to concept a day and night fragrance conveying elegance with a touch of trespasse.
YvesParis is an elegantly simple solution to the brief turning a classic aspirator into a fetishistic object, featuring a studded leather pump and an exaggerated long tube.
24ct. gold folding bracelet an necklace creating sixteen facets which, when folded correctly, form a diamond shape adding a hidden dimension to an adornment for your wrist or neck.
When a developer approached us to create a new hospitality experience to be located in the exuberant emirate of Dubai, clandestinely code named Hotel Dubai, we were intrigued.
Having spent time in Dubai, one realized that to make an impression you have to be either the biggest, most opulent, or the most extravagant architectural statement of the last 50 years.
The fact that a poised and elegant person attracts more attention in a room full of fashion statements. A simple, almost egalitarian stance was out approach. A hotel with three sizes of rooms, each a cubic addition, divert from a singular column. Maximizing the views of the city and ocean, and elegantly standing out in a cacophony of overstatement.
Less and More - The Design Ethos of
18 November 2009 - 7 March 2010
Design Museum Shad Thames London
In the first UK retrospective of Dieter Rams' career in over 12 years, the Design Museum showcased his landmark designs for Braun and Vitsoe, alongside works inspired by his ethos from contemporaries Jonathan Ive, Jasper Morrison, Sam Hecht, Naoto Fukasawa and Joe Doucet.
In addition to developing a Visual Identity program for Moet & Chandon, we completed a "Brand World" project to demonstrate how the principles set forth in the Visual Identity could come to life across all consumer touch-points, from in-storeto in-bar.
One of the main components to the new branding program was the leveraging of the foil pattern around the neck of the bottle. An asset of the brand for centuries, but until our work, one which had never been utilized. Note the use of the pattern across many different media. The following is a brief visual synopsis of the work.
For centuries, the hourglass was used by man to define the passing of a specific time period. Oroborus loops in on itself to defy the finite aspect of the conventional hourglass and recognize time as an infinite concept.
photo: Kendall Mills
The genesis of Airate was a project to rehabilitate derelict square-block lots in Manhattan. Aside from green space, the challenge became how to have the space "give back" to the city. Energy generation was an immediate choice, with wind energy the preferred route. Two problems became apparent. One, large scale wind turbines must be set against a prevailing wind, causing them to operate a peak efficiency 30% of the time. Secondly, they are considered unsightly and therefore usually consigned to remote or offshore locations.
The solution, Airate. A patented vertical wind turbine that accepts wind from any direction and whose aesthetic, sculptural appeal is welcomed in populated environments.
The design was nominated for the 2010 World Technology Summit Awards.
Artistry, the second largest beauty distributor in Japan, enlisted our help to redesign the packaging across their entire skincare and cosmetics offering.
Our first project was their Pure White skin lightening system. The seven different bottles share a common theme in form and the graphics are applied using a special foil which plays with the light to move from dark to light, reinforcing the efficacy of the product.
Level is a stackable storage system whose individual units can be placed together in any configuration. The simplicity of the system allows for one to easily add or divide units as their needs change.
Eve's album, "Here I Am" marked a departure for the artist. There was a sophisticated maturity that required album artwork to reflect this shift in tone.
Not only has this been a huge success in helping to open her up to new artists, the logo we created for the cover has been adopted by the artist for use beyond this album.
Mirrors serve to provide us with a snapshot of ourselves at a specific moment in time. But we all have days when standard silver mirrors are a little too truthful for our liking - do we really need brutal honesty the morning after the night before?
Memoir's golden hue and geometric configuration creates an art form that offers a wonderfully gilded reflection of ourselves.