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Posts tagged as 'Great Britain'

2010 Calender by Philip Luscombe

2010 Calender by Philip Luscombe

Also at the Northumbria University’s exhibition the graduate Philipe Luscombe presented this delicate relief calender, which is entirely embossed using brass die parts and a hand press.

2010 Calender by Philip Luscombe

2010 Calender by Philip Luscombe

The design of the die allows the days and months to be shuffled to any eventuality, so the brass parts can be used to press any day of any month until the end of time. The calendar includes all British bank holidays and marks special occasions with pictographic squares.

'Spun Stool' by Edward Robinson

‘Spun Stool’ by Edward Robinson

The young British designer Edward Robison is presenting this aluminium stool within the Northumbria University’s exhibition at this year’s 100%Futures at Earls Court. The well proportioned rotated hollow, which consists of two pieces, is the result of a collaboration between the 23 year old designer and a craftsman with 40 years experience. (more…)

'heavy Desk Light' by Benjamin Hubert for Decode

'Heavy Desk Light' by Benjamin Hubert for Decode

Some of you might remember the beautiful thin walled cast concrete pendant lamps the British designer Benjamin Hubert presented at the 100%Futures at Earls Court last year. The young label Decode found intrest in the designer’s work and will launch a whole family of the ‘Heavy Lights’ this year.

'Heavy Desk Light' by Benjamin Hubert

'Heavy Desk Light' by Benjamin Hubert

“Heavy lights encapsulate the material focused approach of Benjamin Hubert studio and are designed not only to push the potential of an industrial material like concrete but also to challenge perceptions of value.

With a relatively lightweight, thin wall section (5mm) and polished exterior it is hoped that the user will value concrete as a luxury commodity in line with green issues and to counteract the current throwaway society. Heavy lamps utilise a material that is taken for granted in the building industry and present a high-end lighting solution elevating its material worth.”

'Heavy Desk Light' by Benjamin Hubert

'Heavy Desk Light' by Benjamin Hubert

to the Benjamin Hubert website

Functional stationary design by Michael Sodeau

Functional stationary design by Michael Sodeau

In collaboration with the Japanese company Suikosha the British designer Michael Sodeau founded Anything Design, which will have its international debut in London this year.

Stapler by Anything Design

Stapler by Anything Design

Two years in development, and the first phase of an ongoing project shows the collaborators vision of practical and functional stationary design. Further additions are planned for the stationary collection after which they plan to specialise in…ANYTHING.

Tape dispenser by Anything Design

Tape dispenser by Anything Design

Scissors by Anything Design

Scissors by Anything Design

more Michael Sodeau products @ Architonic

to the Anything Design website

'Uniform' by Alexander Taylor

'Uniform' by Alexander Taylor

The Britsh designer Alexander Taylor designed this versatile occasional, dining chair for Established & Sons. Following on from designs such as Fold, Tank and Twin, Uniform chair continues his exploration into the process of manipulating sheet metal. Intelligent, sophisticated folds within the legs and frame define its form.

Plywood seat pads provide comfort and structure and also reference the chair’s inspiration from old wooden classroom chairs.

'Uniform' by Alexander Taylor for Established & Sons

'Uniform' by Alexander Taylor for Established & Sons

more Established & Sons products @ Architonic

‘Quilt’ by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Established & Sons

Established & Sons at the London Design Festival 2009

Tue 15.9.

‘Mensa’ Table by Lazerian

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 15.09.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Mensa Table by Lazerian

Mensa Table by Lazerian

Lazerian is a creative Manchester-based practice that began in 2006, set up by Liam Hopkins, a Manchester born designer-maker.

Recently The studio came up with this light and sophisticated plywood-table, which gets its stability by the artfully patterned and flexible structure.

Mensa Table by Lazerian

Mensa Table by Lazerian

“Lazerian’s experimentation with plywood over the past two years has culminated in the creation of a new collection of furniture. Starting from a hands on exploration of plywood, Richard Sweeney and Liam Hopkins created a series of models with various connecting methods, including bolting and self-interlock. With the use of a CNC (computer numerically controlled) router, these models were further advanced to find structural forms capable of supporting weight. From this process emerged a distinctive collection of furniture, which makes use of both raw and laminated birch plywood.”

more @ mocoloco

to the Lazerian website

Mon 7.9.

Topography rugs by Liz Eeuwes

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 07.09.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'Lisse', Inspired by tulip fields, by Liz Eeuwes

'Lisse', inspired by tulip fields, by Liz Eeuwes

Liz Eeuwes is a Canadian designer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Since graduating with a degree in Product Design from the Glasgow School of Art, Liz has set up a home studio in order to develop her own designs.

Her first collection is a range of artistic, textured rugs inspired initially by the rich colours and diverse structures of the Scottish countryside. Recognising the similar visual effects of rugs and aerial views of landscapes, Elizabeth began experimenting with various pile heights, hand knotting, weaving, colouring and carving techniques in order to accurately capture the look and feel of these areas.

'Lisse' carpert by Liz Eeuwes

'Lisse' carpert by Liz Eeuwes

Each rug is made entirely by hand using the finest materials and the result is a collection of high quality unique pieces that combine colour, texture and shape in a new and exciting way and are appropriate for both contemporary and traditional environments.

'Strathmore', inspired by Scottish countryside

'Strathmore', inspired by Scottish countryside

Liz Eeuwes’ carpets will be exhibited from 24 – 27 Septmember at 100%Design London, Earls Court.

seen @ Materialicious

to the Liz Eeuwes website

to the 100%Design London Guide @ Architonic

Thu 3.9.

’4foldlow’ by formtank

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 03.09.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'4foldlow' by George Rice of formtank

'4foldlow' by George Rice of formtank

At last year’s 100%Design in London the British label formtank presented the ’2d3d Group’ – a collection of tables whose bases are made of cleverly folded sheet metal. Recently George Rice, designer of formtank, came up with his new edition ‘4foldlow’ – a coffee table which builds on the success of this efficient and sustainable technique.

'4foldlow' by George Rice, formtank

'4foldlow' by George Rice, formtank

Here is what the designer explains:

“4foldlow, like the entire 2d3d Group of tables to which it belongs, has been reverse designed from the standard size of sheet steel in order to optimises yield and minimise waste.

Sheet steel is cut using laser technology and then hand folded by engineers in a process that can trace its roots to the Japanese art of origami.

Bending back the steel structure in your minds eye reveals the 2 dimensional pattern and the secret of the design innovation. The horizontal and vertical components provide strength and rigidity in this delightful marriage of creativity and logic.”

Minimising Waste

“Environmental Design is on everyone’s agenda and Formtank is looking towards a more sustainable approach to manufacturing. With this in mind the 2d3d Group attempts to produce “more from less” through a simple proposition; utilise a single sheet of steel in the most efficient way.

The reverse design approach yields 8 tables from one standard sheet of steel and limits waste to just 3.5% overall. Moreover the intricate forms creates the illusion of there being more material than there actually is, conversely the steel sub-structure represents just one quarter of total mass.”

'4foldlow' by formtank

'4foldlow' by formtank

Rooted in triangles: the 2d3d development

The development of 4foldlow has been long and extensive, requiring complex mathematics and precision engineering. The outcome is visually complex, while on closer inspection the structure begins to reveal itself.

“The outcome is totally unique and the glass top acts like a picture frame bringing the whole piece together” remarks George Rice, the designer of 4foldlow. “I’m delighted with the result, it never fails to stop people in their tracks while they scratch their heads a little!”

4foldlow is available direct from Formtank from August 2009.

to the formtank website

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