Weniger, aber besser.

September 8th, 2010

Dieter Rams once described his design approach with the phrase “Weniger, aber besser.” which translates to “Less, but better.”

It’s a simple philosophy we need to remind ourselves of.

We’re really happy with the filing cabinets we found by Jean Nouvel at the Queen West Antique Market. They were $150 each, and couldn’t have fit into the office any better.

If you’re saying, “Oh! I wish I would’ve known about those cabinets!” Well, then you really should consider adding us to your Twitter! One of our followers did nab one after we posted a quickie photo.

“A complete modular system built with simple, linear, clean-lined elements. Functional. Forms pared down to pure sign. Essential volumes that design the contemporary office space. Noiseless, disembodied presences that define with rigourous simplicity a sober, rational, authoritative…rhetoric-free work environment. A cityscape delineated by slender architectonic structures.”

I like words like “sober” and “authoritative” when describing our office furniture.

I ordered a Naoto Fukasawa cd player for the office. We even got out our old CDs from storage to listen to while we’re working away.

The CD player follows Naoto Fukasawa’s ethos of design “without thought”. The simple CD player whose form mimics a ventilation fan as it spins its exposed compact disc. Distilled into its most minimal form, the CD player works for people without vision since the player consists of a single speaker, no cover, a vertical power cord, and no digital displays. And yes, it actually sounds good!

It’s great that it’s looking a lot more polished, but there is still a lot of things to do!

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  1. Nice office!! I am wondering if you could let me know where did you buy your cd player?


    8 Sep 10 at 9:56 pm

  2. Super minimal! Nice.

    Love how the cabinets turned out.

  3. Your office looks superb! I’ve seen and heard that CD player at Muji, and it definitely sounds better than I would have thought it could.


    9 Sep 10 at 12:27 am

  4. Wow, what an impressive office space! I love the simplicity, I prefer keeping things simple in the office, I think it is much more inspiring. Your blog is a major source of inspiration for me! Have a nice day, Monika

  5. Looks great! Good work, kids.
    CD’s. What relics. You’re so throw-backy. ;)

  6. Hi John & Juli. I am follower that nabbed one of these fantastic filing cabinets after seeing your post. I have never commented here before, but have been a secret follower for a while now. Thanks for the tip! We love our cabinet.


    9 Sep 10 at 10:32 am

  7. Sabrina, YES! I love that you picked one up. I am sorry that they are all gone now and we couldn’t share the wealth with everyone, but the blog post wasn’t ready. Oh well!

    John & Juli

    10 Sep 10 at 11:41 am

  8. I love what you’ve done with your office space, and the Braun fan is an ideal compliment to the quote on the wall. I look forward to more updates!


    9 Sep 10 at 8:55 pm

  9. I am so pleased to see how the office is coming along. Weniger, aber besser is a pricinpal I need to apply in my life..am trying am trying.

    I haven’t found a solution for my cd collection – and had been looking at tivoli etc but didn’t want to commit when i already have a speaker system for my ipod…i completely forgot about the muji cd player..and I was in the store last week listening to the sounds being played by the very same player..thanks for the tip.


    9 Sep 10 at 10:42 pm

  10. I hate that the simple wink turned into an obnoxious emoticon. #e-shame


    9 Sep 10 at 10:49 pm

  11. Ahahaha, Jason. I know what you mean. I should see if I can change it…

    John & Juli

    10 Sep 10 at 11:39 am

  12. Love the Cabinets. The space is looking fantastic!


    10 Sep 10 at 9:18 pm

  13. Okay, I have no words. I keep trying to verbalize my excitement over how much I LOVE everything here, but all that’s coming out of my mouth is babble and drool.

    Anna @ D16

    10 Sep 10 at 10:04 pm

  14. I almost missed the braun desk fan.. very cool


    14 Sep 10 at 4:46 pm

  15. Nice office! I love the planters too. Any idea where I could find some like that? I’ve been looking for a while, but I have no idea what they might be called or where I could get some.


    16 Sep 10 at 10:12 am

  16. The planters are from Arabia designed by Richard Lindh. We got ours in Finland, but keep checking places like Etsy, and Ebay, they turn up here and there.

    John & Juli

    16 Sep 10 at 8:40 pm

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