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The Return of a Venerable Annual

365 AIGA Year in Design 29

? 2009: Richard Grefé, Susan Apfelbaum & Paula Scher

After a brief and ill-considered flirtation with electronic publishing the AIGA has resumed publication of their book-format annual. While this is offically numbered issue 29 the Institute has publish an annual survey of member’s work off-and-on since 1927. This year’s entry is a 368 page paperback designed by Paula Scher and Pentagram New York and published under the Chronicle Books imprint which thankfully avoids some of the excesses of years past – for example the work is shown at a size that can be viewed without the aid of an electron microscope. Glad to have you back AIGA. (2009: Chronicle Books; ISBN 9780811869164)

$51.95

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Occupational Therapy for Out-of-work Birthday Clowns

Umbra Balloona Confetti Stool

? 2006: Natalie Kruch cdnmapleleaf

22-year-old Natalie Kruch designed this colourful, whimsical stool composed of 500 deflated balloons hand-tied over a wooden frame in 2006 while studying industrial design at the University of Alberta. Umbra approached the young designer about a production version but, although the product was featured in Metropolitan Home magazine in the summer of 2008, it quickly dropped out of production due to unsupportable manufacturing costs. Now Umbra has reintroduced the piece having found a sufficiently undervalued labour pool in Indonesia.

$299.95

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Design as Civil Virtue: Fukasawa / Hara / Morrison

Designing Design

? 2007: Kenya Hara with Jasper Morrison, John Maeda & Naoto Fukasawa

Hara first came to international attention as the designer of opening ceremonies for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998, but it is in his role as design director for MUJI that he has put his indelible stamp on contemporary design culture. In addition to being a fascinating study of one man’s philosophical and ethical approach to design, this is one of the most lovely books ever to grace our shelves. (2007: Lars Müller Publishers; ISBN 9783037781050)

Naoto Fukasawa

? 2007: Naoto Fukasawa with Antony Gormley & Jasper Morrison

Naoto Fukasawa is undoubtedly the leading figure in product design in Japan. His associations with Muji, PLUS MINUS ZERO and Issey Miyaki have been particularly productive. Edited by Fukasawa himself, this is the first monograph published in English of the work of this innovative designer. (2007: Phaidon; ISBN 9780714845869)

Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary

? 2007: Naoto Fukasawa & Jasper Morrison

Fukasawa and Morrison select 204 everyday objects in an attempt create a new design canon which they define as “super normal design”: design that transcends time and national culture forming an eternal repository of beauty and utility. (2007: Lars Müller Publishers; ISBN 9783037781067)

Designing Design: $63.50
Naoto Fukasawa: $79.95
Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary: $39.95

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So Canadian … Bet They Piss Maple Syrup

Red Canoe Canadian Heritage Brands T-Shirts

With a fresh take on the souvenir t-shirt, Red Canoe offers high quality pre-washed T’s that celebrate iconic Canadian graphic symbols, from the CP Beaver to the signage along the Trans-Canada Highway. Each comes with a gift bag featuring a classic chocolate-box painting of a Nelson Eddy-esque Mountie.

RCAF Roundel (L, XL or XXL & Child’s 3 or 6)

As a Commonwealth country, Canada used standard British markings on all of its aircraft until just after the end of WWII, when in 1946, a uniquely Canadian roundel was developed incorporating a maple leaf.

Canadian Pacific Beaver (L, XL or XXL)

In 1886, one year after the “last spike” CP adopted the beaver as its corporate symbol, adding them to a lettered shield that had previously served a the company’s logo. In 1946 the beaver was simplified and the familiar modern script-style lettering introduced.

Trans-Canada Highway (L, XL or XXL)

The Trans-Canada Highway is the world’s third longest national highway, with the main route spanning 7,821 km. The system, approved by the Trans-Canada Highway Act of 1948, was officially opened in 1962 with its distinctive white-on-green maple leaf route markers.

Avro Aircraft (XL only)

Avro A.V. Roe Canada Ltd., established in 1945 in Malton Ontario, manufactured aircraft for the RCAF, but is most famous for the design and development of the CF-105 Arrow supersonic interceptor jet (finished in late 1957) and scrapped by the Canadian Government a year later.

Adult styles / sizes: $34.95
Children’s styles / sizes: $21.95

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