Baluster Jugs by Taz Pollard

Posted by Jess Knowles, 15 October 2013

I very recently came across Taz Pollard's striking pieces at Heal's Tottenham Court Road store. Pollard is a contemporary ceramicist who makes large sculptural pieces and quirky one-offs. A fascination of traditional ceramics through the ages has heavily influenced her approach to work. 

Pollard's brightly glazed Baluster Jugs caught my eye - here Pollard has taken a very simple and iconic form and with the effortless addition of two cable ties, used to secure a rubber handle, has created a piece of art which also functions as a jug.

These stunning pieces are part of Pollard's aptly named 'Cut and Shut' range - the object is comprised of two very different materials with the join purposefully drawing attention to the piece.

"From traditional beginnings my work redefines the value we place on everyday objects making them extraordinary." Taz Pollard

Ladies & Gentleman Studio

Posted by James Hart, 2nd June 2013

I recently met the wonderful design duo, Dylan Davis & Jean Lee, in New York at last month's NYCxDesign. They are known collectively as Ladies & Gentle Studio, based in Seattle. L&G exhibited their work at Noho Next 2013 situated in the Noho Design District, curated by Sight Unseen.

Their work explores a diverse set of products from small objects, to jewellery, to furniture and lighting. The Aura Lights, pictured below, L&G have pared down 'light' into it's two elemental ingredients: the source (the bulb) and it's illumination (highlighted by a brass ring). 

In their times not fixated on L&G design tasks, Jean & Dylan spend time contributing to JOIN Design Seattle and Brite Collective, organisations with the mission to promote and advance independent design in the northwest.    

Screwed by Veronika Gombert

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

Silk Road Lamp by Atelier Takagi

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.

Well Proven Chair by James Shaw & Marjan van Aubel

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.

Pencil Works by Trevor Duncan

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.

Inside Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross

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

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Baroque Series by Jo Woffinden

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.

Chair Ψ by Jakob Gomez

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.

Kurk by Craig Foster

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.

Regenerator by Merve Kahraman

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.

Deserto by Marie Dessuant

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.

A $9 Cardboard Bike by Izhar Gafni

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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Prism Bangle by Max Lamb

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.

Alumine by Arthur Hoffner

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.