Posted by Jess Knowles, 22nd November 2012
German industrial designer Veronika Gombert has a very good looking CV working for the likes of Vitra, ceramic manufacturer Villeroy & Boch and Jasper Morrison. She is currently living in Basel and London working on her own designs as well as being part of the incredible BarberOsgerby team.
Gombert launched Screwed, a series of three tables in September of this year. The table tops are made from solid oak and the legs from colour-anodised aluminium. Each has an identical screw thread to allow the two materials to be linked simply by turning the leg into the top. The series consists of a long coffee table and a small and large side table.
Photos by Masa Hamanoi
Posted by Jess Knowles, 19th November 2012
Tokyo-born designer, Jonah Takagi launched Atelier Takagi in 2009 after a number of years spent designing and building furniture in a friend's studio while playing bass guitar and touring and recording with several indie rock bands. Jonah launched Atelier Takagi to showcase his growing body of work.
The Silk Road lamp is a beautifully composed piece, constructed from a range of layered materials - a spun-metal shade which sits on a piece of hand-blown glass surrounded by a wire cage and a traditional pleated lampshade made from linen cloth. Silk Road pendant was designed for Roll & Hill, a New York based manufacturer of high end contemporary lighting.
Posted by Jess Knowles, 12th November 2012
Young London based designer James Shaw has teamed with dutch designer Marjan van Aubel to develop a new material from waste wood. The Well Proven Chair is a collaboration between both the RCA and the American Hardwood Export Council helped along by Benchmark Furniture.
After discovering that between 50-80% of waste is created in industry when processing raw timber into usable products, the pair decided to focus their energy on this material usually available in the form of either sawdust, wood shavings or chippings. Shaw and van Aubel discovered an extraordinary reaction between this wood waste and bio-resin resulting in the mixture expanding up to five times its original volume into a strong, lightweight foamed material. The Well Proven Chair uses this material as a seat shell, displaying the material’s natural energy.
Posted by Jess Knowles, 1st November 2012
Northumbria University’s Designers in Residence have been touring and exhibiting their works under the project title ‘Tools for Everyday Life’. Trevor Duncan, Head of Industrial Design at Northumbria has come up with a series of beautifully crafted pencils each fitted with a threaded brass ferrule to clip on a different tool be it a scalpel, magnifying glass or a spirit level. Duncan’s background is that of a practicing designer who having first graduated as a silversmith went on to complete a Masters in Industrial Design.
Posted by James Hart and Jess Knowles, 10th October 2012
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the new Central Saint Martins, we were kindly invited inside for a guided tour. The £200 million Victorian Granary Building created by architects ‘Stanton Williams’ is imposing, and stunning in equal measure. The brief was to create a building that inside, never looked finished - a work in progress. The mismatched brickwork and steelwork of the original Grade-II listed Granary Building provides an interestingly beautiful contrast to the rawness and industrial materials of the new build.
There is a fantastic sense of space when you walk through the barriers looking down the indoor street, which is 110 metres long and 12 metres wide, with 20 metres above your head. The translucent vaulted roof further adds to this sense of space.
The flooring in the central atrium is a mosaic of tiny hardwood square blocks, and provides a meeting place for the many creative’s who occupy the build. The central 'street' is flooded with natural light which bounces off the robust concrete walls.
The building acts as a blank canvas, it's flexibility allows each department to create it's own identity.
The walls are marked with the remnants of bold Victorian numerals to identify what were originally grain chutes but are now windows. We were told that these numerals are becoming iconic in their own right and were a feature of the branding for this Summer’s degree shows.
Although the studio spaces of the Holbornsite have been sacrificed for larger workshop, the art of craft and makingremains to be the beating heart of Central Saint Martins. Indeed, theincredibly high standards of finished products at this years degree shows aretestament to this bright new era in the history of the school.
Product Design Studio
Product Design studio
Posted by Jess Knowles, 24th September 2012
London based artist Jo Woffinden uses architecture as an influence to explore the relationship between form, space and materiality. Using ceramics and concrete and through the use of the curve Woffinden has explored ways to create spatial flow between planes and lines.
Posted by Jess Knowles, 21st September 2012
Mexican design studio Jakob Gomez specialise in architecture and interior design with varying pieces, from mass produced consumer to limited edition. This chair uses solid surface material Corian® due to its transformation capacity. Made using three different moulds this sleek chair was developed with the idea of two extension points that subdivide and unite the main structure.
Posted by Jess Knowles, 17th September 2012
A recyclable flat-pack desk light that can be easily assembled by hand without the need of screw fixings or glue. UK based designer Craig Foster focuses on the life cycle of this clean and simple product - each part can be reused or recycled when the lamp is no longer needed.
Kurk was nominated for the winning design at BDC New Designer of the Year Award and was awarded second prize at 2012 Lighting Association's Student Lighting Design Awards.
Posted by Jess Knowles, 14th August 2012
Kahraman's background is in interior design but her passion lies with industrial design - she has decided to channel her focus on furniture and products as she believes these are an integral part to the design of any space.
The Regenerator is a lamp-come-bubble machine. The bubble machine inside the base structure of the lamp produces bubbles that are reflected with the red LED spot lights to create unexpected silhouettes, sounds and colours. When turned off the bubbles slowly disappear and return to their original state as soap.
Posted by Jess Knowles, 8th August 2012
Parisian designer Marie Dessuant enjoys experimenting with materials and tries new ways of interacting with objects. Her Deserto vase, using the traditional know-how of Veneto hand-blown glass was inspired by the last drop of water in an empty bottle highlighting the idea of a desert and its lack of water.
Posted by James Hart, 5th August 2012
Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni built this bike entirely from recycled cardboard using a process that he likens to folding origami. By using this process the bike can hold up to 485 pounds and a layer atop protects the cardboard from the elements.
Gafni is currently working with investors to have his bikes ready for worldwide distribution as early as next year and it will cost between $9 - $12 to produce.
"More than anything else, the project is a reminder that it never hurts to re-evaluate how we make things, and that human ingenuity can be pretty extraordinary" states Patrick James, Managing Editor of Very Short List.
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Posted by James Hart, 29th July 2012
Max Lamb has created the Prism Bangle for design website Sight Unseen. Each piece has been laser-cut from 6mm-thick steel.
Lamb took his 2010 prism project from non-functional to ultra-functional.
Lamb shrunk the proportions so the outer ring fits the wrist while the next two layers can be worn as necklace pendants.
The Prism Bangle comes in three finishes; zinc plated, raw steel with jade oil, and sterling silver plated. The Prism Bangle costs $100, purchase from The Sight Unseen Shop.
Posted by Jess Knowles, 26th July 2012
Arthur Hoffner created his Alumine seating while exploring methods to stamp metal in an affordable way. Hoffner used his school's metal workshop folding machine and a secret resin recipe to make the stamping dies. The anodised aluminium parts are riveted together to form a seat.
Posted by Jess Knowles, 23rd July 2012
Fernando Laposse, an experimental young Mexican designer based in England has explored sugar blowing and as a result created this beautiful pendant lamp. The striking colours are obtained by using food colourings.
"The Sugar Lamp is a continuation of my sugar-glass project where I worked with sugar to make it look like glass. I tried freehand sugar pulling and blowing but eventually chose rotomoulding as my preferred technique to create thin hollow vessels. The lamp was an exercise to see how big I could go without having to build a more complicated apparatus."
"Besides the wooden masters which were turned in the wood workshop at my school, everything was done in my kitchen."
"The mould that shapes the Sugar Lamp is a simple silicone sleeve mould backed with plaster. The sugar is melted to a temperature known as the hard-crack state and then poured into the mould to then be rotated by hand. The two pieces are welded together using a creme brul
Posted by Jess Knowles, 20th July 2012
Designed back in 2010 as part of an ongoing investigation to the aesthetics of industrial technology by design consultancy Postler Ferguson. The Buoy Lamps reference various aspects of marine culture in their design and performance, rewarding in their simplicity and inevitability they hold a logic of balance and their use of materials is curiously pleasurable.