Time for our semi-annual check-in with Art. Lebedev Studio, the irreverent Russian design studio that never fails to disappoint. A.LS has offices in Moscow, Kiev and New York, and comes with an attitude matching those cities' tough reputations: "As a matter of principle, we don't work with private persons, political parties, religious organizations, jerk-offs, and those whose views conflict with ours," they write.
We live the way we like. We work the way we believe is right. We don't give a shit about corporate values all together. All the award plaques end up hanging in our lavatory. We abhor buzzword combinations "creative solution" and "business process optimization". The offers we send to our clients rarely exceed one page.
The only principle we follow is just two words: No nonsense.
As per their usual schedule, the 200-person company has been cranking out designs prolifically in the past few months. Here are some of our new faves:
The Wall-Mounted Rozetkus outlet exploits the cylindrical form factor of the pins on a 7/16 CEE euro-plug, allowing the user to work around bulky plugs.
The cast-iron Thermosaurus puts the bone structure of a dinosaur to good use, replacing your old radiator and distributing heat. "Brave the next Ice Age with a survivor of the previous one," reads the tag-line.
The Bulavkus USB Flash Drive—"sharply designed 4GB storage"—is designed to always be on hand.
The Tabletkus Ring-Key concept calls for a (presumably programmable) magnetic tablet embedded in a ring, which would allow the user to unlock the "entry phone slash lock systems commonly installed at the communal entrance to an apartment building." What I wouldn't give for one of these when my arms are loaded up with groceries.
Lastly, the Lekalus Figure Ice Skates have a form factor any old-school designer will appreciate.