A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Blobism

This is part of a series of posts summarising key points of different design movements, see A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Introduction for more information.



Mid 1990s to late 2000s or into 2010s?

Curved, often irregular or asymmetric, organic shapes enabled by developments in CAD and CAM (Computer Aided Design/Manufacture) in 1990s onwards

Very bright, bold colours and/or black and white

Minimalist, large uninterrupted sections of few or single colours

Plastic and metal – no natural materials


Began as an architectural movement

Sometimes also referred to as Blobjects

Often ergonomically designed for comfort, as this was a developing field of research in the last few decades, and it opposed the impractical Post-Modernist designs, returning instead to similar approaches to Modernism

Major designers included Karim Rashid, Marc Newton, Jonathon Ive [Apple Mac]

Not very well documented as it is relatively new

   Marc_Newson_Nimrod_Low_Chair_uikrationaria_lrg-rex-ray Marc_Newson_Felt_Chair_cq0karim-rashid-kut-glassmarc_newson_lockheed_lounge  endless_tableKr

CASE STUDY – Karim Rashid



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