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10 beautiful designs - May

10 beautiful designs - May

Hello! 

I can promise you, there's some really great designs in this months blog! My personal favourites are the Gemma sofa and the Helix lamp, but you'll have to scroll down to get a peek at those! Tweet us your favourites! Happy reading! 🙌🏻

Lampo

Designed by Kasia Oźmin and Lindsay Richardson, Lampo is easy to assemble, elegant and creative all in one. The innovative design inspired by origami, features clean geometric shapes which work beautifully with the warmth of the maple wood contrasting with the colourful twisted cloth cable. Lampo shades are carefully folded by hand using Japanese washi paper, which is tough, durable and flexible. The lamp arrives in a tube, and takes about 5 minutes to assemble.

 

 

Gemma Collection

The Gemma collection from Daniel Libeskind is technically a collection of designs and not just one beautiful design, but I wanted to focus on the grey and white ombre sofa, which really caught my eye. Known for complex building design using complex geometries, this sofa uses signature Libeskind design but on a much smaller scale. The ombre knitted fabric highlights the geometric shapes within the sofa and looks much softer than the solid colour leather upholstery option.

 

Circuit

Oh come on, it wouldn’t be the beautiful design blog without some lighting… so here it is! Circuit comes from New York based studio, Apparatus and the lighting is repeated to create larger fixtures by either stacking or alternating. Oval shapes made of aged brass house Glass capsules and the results look simple and lovely.

 

Femton 

Femton, from industrial design student Ali Safa A, is a collection of workout gear that consists of four devices each made of natural materials. The collection consists of an adjustable dumbbell, a core wheel, two push up barrels and a hemp skipping rope. Designed to become part of your homes décor, this collection makes workout gear stylish and contemporary, a complete departure from the typical and often unsightly metal and plastic equipment.

 

Lee

Lee, from designer Glen Lewis-Steele is a hanging cube light. Cleverly designed, this curious asymmetric form unveils structural secrets, as the viewer is encouraged to move around the light. Handcrafted by Lewis-Steele and available in three sizes, this lamp is a beautiful example of clever design. 

 

Helix Lamp

The Helix lamp from Michael Samoriz pays homage to the lighting coil, which is an element in every incandescent bulb. Samoriz’s work ranges from 3D graphics to industrial design to visualizations. The lamp emits light only from the bottom curvatures and the versatility of the design means it can be contracted or stretched out, depending on the use. I really love this lamp and I love how it changes depending on which side it’s viewed from!

 

BIRK

You know how miscellaneous things, like paperwork, keys, pens etc. seem to accumulate on top of the coffee table? Well, designer Iselin Lindmark Dubland noticed that too and created BIRK, a coffee table made up of half circles to conceal storage space within. The inside is lined with 100% wool to protect items from getting scratched. The tabletop and legs are crafted from birch veneer and made by Dubland in her schools workshop.

 

GIANT Anglepoise

Iconic, Anglepoise has been around since the 1930’s designing gorgeous and functional desk lamps. They’ve always stayed very true to form, or at least until a request by the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre asking for a lamp, which was triple scale to match with one of Dahl’s loved characters. The giant lamp proved so popular, that they launched it as a floor lamp. There is now a re-engineered outdoor version, which just looks fantastic and makes a massive statement.

 

Paperscapes

Dear Human, a Montreal-based creative studio, has come up with a way to turn recycled paper into functional objects called, Paperscapes. The studio prides itself on being able to take a second look at things, to uncover hidden potential and make things fresh again. Paperscapes uses recycled paper sourced from an industry waste site, which is manipulated into a clay-like material.

 

Knot Studio

Inspired by the sea and the city, these funky-knotted cushions and stools from Knots studio are bold and beautiful. The knots are formed by a unique tying technique that is filled with stiff foam filling and upholstery that improves their longevity.  

 

 

Written by 

Katherine Thomson

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10 Beautiful Designs - April

10 Beautiful Designs - April

 

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I've got a lovely new list of beautiful designs, just for you! 

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LA table – Lagoon

I’m in love with this design, it’s such a fun concept and ties in nicely with the upcoming ‘Top 5 Marble Designs’ blog, as it is made from marble and resin. The design, aptly named ‘Lagoon’ resembles the coast and likely influenced by the Caribbean island of St Martin where designer Alexandre Chapelins studio is based.

 

Metamorphosis Shelf

Created in collaboration with Horm, this hand carved wood design from Sebastian Errazuriz is simple and beautiful. Using only panes of glass to add functionality to his work, this shelf focuses on the natural beauty of the tree shape. Sourced from fallen branches in forests in South America, the shelves keep the trees’ original shapes. This shelf is part of a series that includes coffee tables, which are equally as stunning.

 

Matter of Motion

These beautiful stools come from Israel based designer, Maor Aharon, who has explored materials, motion and shape to achieve this design. Focussing on centrifugal motion, Aharon looked at how velocity, acceleration and radius of rotation have an affect on different materials, the results are beautiful.

 

Atmo Sfera PlatterLess Design Turntable

The iconic design of the turntable has remained largely unchanged for almost a century. Atmo Sfera has constructed a design that changes more than just the aesthetics. Eliminating reverberations allows a superior sound to shine through without any distortion. The built in RIAA phono preamplifier and built in Bluetooth connectivity allow for ease of access to your music and the contemporary design is a welcoming addition to modern living spaces.

 

Omata One Analog Speedometer

Omata has created an analog speedometer, designed specifically for cyclists. The company believes that “great design and meaningful products come more from what you leave out, rather than what you add in” and this is certainly true in this case. Omata have stripped this design down to the very basics; speed, distance, ascent and time. Beautifully simple, the Omata One records a vast amount of data, which can be transferred to your digital device for you to view. Currently on Kickstarter and will be available in grey or white.

X Diamond 3/60

By joining 60 three-foot maple wood bulbs together using cast brass joints, the X diamond 3/60 is born. This celebration of hexagonal and octahedral forms in nature looks spectacular and encourages viewing from different perspectives to reveal the multiple layers and hidden shapes.

 

Mygdal Planter

A fresh and innovative take on modern lighting design, the Mygdal planter is a self-sustaining eco system designed to never require maintenance from the owner. The glass vessel features LED light which replicates sunlight, creating an environment where plants can perform photosynthesis. This minimalist design effortlessly transforms spaces otherwise unable to sustain plant life, into beautiful green areas.

 

Jarvis Boards

Designed by Tony Smith, founder of Austin-based Jarvis, these beautifully crafted boards are as environmentally friendly as possible. Born of the simple idea of creating the best boards possible whilst living consciously, these boards are made from recycled foam core, sustainably sourced wood, reclaimed lumber and natural resins from recycled bio-waste. Light weight, but strong, the boards emphasise the careful craftsmanship and care which bought them to life.

 

The Mashrabeya Cabinet

The Mashrabeya cabinet, a name derived from the Arabic term Maschrabiyya, which refers to decorative wooden frames seen in traditional Arabic architecture. This design comes from Nina Mair Architecture + Design. The punctured panels keep the cabinets contents partially hidden and, if need be, ventilated. Available in different colour combinations, there is a choice of two wood effects and panel colours.

 

MOON

Humanity has been fascinated by the Moon thoughout history. Using NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter topographic data and modern 3D printing techniques, Oscar Lhermitte and Kudu have created the most accurate and detailed lunar globe to date. Their Kickstarter campaign has already exceeded their target and so we can expect to see this project come to life soon. The detail in the globe is very beautiful and I can’t wait to see this in production! 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

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10 beautiful designs - January

10 beautiful designs - January

Spurcycle

Redesigning the classic bike bell might seem like an impossible challenge, how much improvement can be made on a design, which has always seemed so effective and practical? Well, until now, I had thought very little, and then I saw this design. Biking is increasingly popular in urban areas and it is a popular commuter choice. The bike bell is necessary for alerting pedestrians and other cyclists that you’re there, however they are usually clunky, ineffective and either too loud or not loud enough. The Spurcycle bell is small and sleek and is made of a stainless steel casing with a brass clapper, which produces a ring 3x longer than other models and can be heard from further away. 

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Well Rounded Sound

If you’re listening to your favorite album, you want it to sound good; otherwise what’s the point of listening to it? Jerry Cmehil, founder of ‘Well rounded sound’, has a very aesthetically pleasing and eco friendly answer to perfect sound quality. Each element of the design has been designed with a purpose. For example, the solid wood stand found on the ‘Boxer’ (the speakers are named after dog breeds) helps to reduce bass energy transfer and provides a perfect near listening angle.

Shark Diver Kit

Brooklyn based designer Matt Cavanaugh has a fresh approach to bridging the gap between children and adults. Cavanaugh has created minimalist designs of a scuba diver and a shark, which requires origami style assembly. The puppet-like objects are both lovely toys and also a lesson in creative thinking, which is sometimes lost on more ‘serious’ adults.

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The Brink

Simple yet bold is how I would describe ‘The Brink’.  This is the smallest object in the Perimeter series designed by Jake Wright of Stockpile Designs. Each design in the series follows the same style, but in different shapes and sizes. Handmade in New York from white oak and steel, the single steel leg is adorned with a pale exposed wooden top, creating a fierce contrast. Sometimes less is more, and this table is evidence to that.

 

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Pipeline

Pipeline, designed by Bertrand Jayr brings outdoor architecture to the indoors. The delicate flowers offset the strength of the concrete and create a beautiful product. This is a very versatile design, which would fit in with both a modern or industrial style. Part of Lyon Betons Green Collection, this piece features with other products which make you ‘reconsider the place of nature in your home’. Other items in the collection include the ‘Nuclear Plant’ and a selection of Coffee tables, flower stands and a bench, which are all worth exploring as they are equally beautiful.

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EGO Armchair

Designed by Alegre Design in Valencia, Spain, the EGO armchair is one, which encourages users to sit how they please. When sitting on a comfortable chair, the need to readjust is lessened, as the user is more at ease. With the EGO chair, the design is comfortable and more relaxed and gives the user the options of slouching and lying down as though on a chaise lounge or sitting upright. This modern minimalist design has carefully considered both the practicality of this design, as well as the beauty.

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Meze Wooden Headphones

Both elegant and practical, the Meze wooden headphones are a well-designed product aiming to change the perception of headphones being a plastic throwaway item, to one that is a stylish piece for life. Each detail has been carefully considered. The ear-cups are made from walnut and finished with satin wood grain, the ear pads are made from memory foam for the ultimate comfortable fit. Besides the beautiful design, and high quality features, these headphones are unique in the fact that they offer unlimited warranty and are endlessly serviceable. With no plastic elements or glue, every replaceable piece is either a nut or bolt.

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Zung Ride Collection

Designed in house at Studio Zung in NYC, these surfboards make part of the Zung ride collection, which features both skateboards and surfboards. The boards are hand shaped in Southern California and made from polyurethane foam and fiberglass finished with either paint or resin tint. These boards look minimalist but distinctive and are designed to make surfing even better.

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The Mormor ceramics series

Textiles inspire the Mormor series by designer Gry Faber. The design incorporates the traditional character of older kitchens. ‘Mormor’ in Danish translates to ‘Grandmother’, which highlights the inspiration taken from revisited tradition. The collection comes in three different motifs each following the same style.

METIS Desk

This desk is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, cunning and prudence. The compact desk complete with three doors and two lidded compartments helps you to utilise storage and minimize clutter. The amount of stoage is deceptive for such a sleek reduced form yet the cleverness is all down to the design.  Gonçalo Campos designed this piece for Wewood to maintain both mess and style, and that has certainly been achieved. This design is considered, smart and stylish!

Written by 

Katherine Thomson 

What can we expect to see in 2016?

What can we expect to see in 2016?

1 – Mobile Shopping via TV and connected devices

 

This year, we saw Amazons Dash buttons capable of ordering household favourites at the touch of a button when connected to the users Prime account through an app. The device works by instantly placing an order and sending an order confirmation to your phone so that you don’t have to go to the hassle of logging in, finding your product and ordering it. Some would argue this is sheer laziness, and others would argue that it has been made with convenience in mind. Which ever is closer to your view, this kind of shopping shows no slowing down in 2016 and in fact, it seems like it will increase! Programmatic video is probably going to bring mobile shopping to TV, from customised ad experiences to being able to watch your shows and purchase outfits that the characters are wearing or products that they’re using.

 

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2 – Hyperloop

 

Elon Musk unveiled in 2013 that he had been working on a design for a Hyperloop solar-powered supersonic pod-train, capable of accelerating to 335mph in as little as 2 seconds. In Summer2013, it seemed like some sort of futuristic dream, but fast-forward a mere 2 and a half years and Musk has announced plans to start work on an open-air test site in Nevada. The aim for 2016 is that the 2-mile long tube track will levitate a pod and accelerate it to over 700mph.

 

3 – Batteries

 

This might not sound like the most exciting development, but when you take in to consideration that we use batteries in some form every day, this could have a big impact! In particular I want to talk about Sodium-ion batteries and foam batteries. Sodium-ion batteries that use salt have been used in laptops following the creation of a prototype by French network, RS2E. The battery is one that would be suitable for use in electric cars as well as laptops and the 6.5cm battery can manage 90 watt-hours per kilogram. The other exciting development comes from Prieto who is the first company to develop a battery, which uses a copper foam substrate. There are multiple benefits to these batteries including their longer battery life, faster charging ability and safety, which is due to having no flammable electrolytes. There’s a good chance we will see these developments in 2016, but if not, they’re not far away!

 

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4 – Drone Delivery


Amazon have already announced ‘Amazon Prime Air’, which is a new delivery system designed to get packages to customers within 30 minutes using unmanned aerial drones. This form of delivery has not been done before and if implemented will change our expectations of ordering online forever. This isn’t something, which is going to happen overnight. The testing for Amazon Air has already begun in the UK, USA and Israel, but more development is required and this will not launch until all safety features are 100% complete. Amazon is not the only company interested in developing this feature; Google, Alibaba and others including a burrito company are also experimenting with this form of delivery. The initial deliveries to be made via this method will be of low value due to the delivery from the drone to the ground…


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5 – Smart Clothes

 

Yep, that’s right, Smart clothes. Let’s look at Project Jacquard for instance; this is an exciting and rapidly developing project. We live in an increasingly interactive world, and there are many items, which have remained the same for hundreds of years, such as clothing. Sure, the styles change, the colours vary and the materials fall out of fashion, but the overall principle stays the same. Project Jacquard changes that and makes it possible to weave interactivity into any textile using standard industrial looms. These new conductive yarns have been created in collaboration with industry partners and combine thin, metallic alloys with natural and synthetic yarns. The end result of doing this is to create garments, which have gesture sensitive areas or sensor grids, which can create interactive surfaces. The electronic components are engineered to be as discreet as possible, and intend to be no larger than a button and make it possible to capture the gesture data to wirelessly transmit to mobile phones or other devices. This is a very exciting step for developers, designers, and consumers and adds a whole new level to the connected world. 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

10 Beautiful Designs - December

10 Beautiful Designs - December

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1 – Grovemade Tabletop Collection

Kevin Do, Grovemade industrial designer describes the tabletop as a ‘vehicle to enjoyment’. This collection is an example of sleek yet practical items, which are aesthetically pleasing and minimalist. This perfectly weighted dishware, is crafted from porcelain and looks beautiful sitting on the collection of wooden placemats which are not a traditional rectangle shape and feature a subtle geometric pattern. All products are made in house, and attention has been paid to all of their pieces, from the curved edged plates to the salt and peppershakers. This is a full and beautiful collection of tableware.

2 – Sennheiser Orpheus System

Sennheiser are known for their beautiful design and perfect sound quality, but this time, they’ve really gone an extra mile and achieved a design, which looks sleek and if I’m honest, I think is absolutely perfect. The Orpheus headphone system is housed in an Italian marble body, which is offered in a range of colours, and offers a new concept of amplification, which combines elements of both the transistor and tube amplifier. No expense has been spared in choosing components fit for this gorgeous design and as a result, not only does the Orpheus offer stunning audio quality, it provides visual quality too!

3 – The Aron Chair

This is a subtle yet beautiful piece of furniture from Mexican artist, Luis Luna of Namuh Studio. Handmade from walnut, this is a gentle construction with sweeping contours and fluid connections. The short back provides the unobtrusive support that you would expect from a chair yet the long legs are typical of stool.

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4 – ELMA

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without a lamp! Designed by Tommaso Caldera, this beautiful lamp features a metal diffuser to radiate a gentle glow in the surrounding space. The design draws inspiration from traditional nomadic lamps, creating a simple form. The milled plywood creates support for the lamp in a contrasting natural wood. Available in a selection of colours including dark red and sea blue, this is a gorgeous piece of design.

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5 – ODO

This clever piece of design comes from Brussels based design studio, NAB. Constructed from powder coated steel and solid ash, this interesting design resembles a dragonfly face. The rolling steel tabletop curves under to resemble eyes and the solid ash joins the curves together and completes the face.

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6 - Giàcolu

This is more than just a lamp.  This design comes from Italian Studio, Delaneo Design and encourages interaction and engagement. The user has complete control of the form they wish their lamp to take, and can be adjusted to suit almost any function or aesthetic. I think the beauty in this design, lies within the fact that it compromises of so few elements, that the range of possible shapes are even more impressive.

7 – Hummingbird Bike

Imagine a bike which weighs less that 15 pounds but yet is 5X stronger than steel. Designed by Peter Craciun, this bike is both practical and beautifully designed. Being light weight and foldable means that is ideal for taking on the bus, the train or the trams so is ideal for urban commuters and people living in smaller spaces. The chain tensioner can be removed to make it safer and cleaner so that it won't fall catching on the bikers leg and getting chain dirt on you. The hummingbird bike is a carbon fibre frame which makes it shock absorbent for a smoother ride. Available in four colours and two wheel sizes, this is a practical design, which is also stylish.

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8 – Stop the Time Watch

Swiss company, ‘What?’ recently stopped to think why we keep track of time in the first place. Launched in Brooklyn, their collection has re-conceptualised the purpose of a watch and allows the wearer to ‘stop time’. By stop time, I don't mean in some sort of superhero way, the stopping time feature allows you to send a ‘timestamp’ to a supporting app whenever a noteworthy moment had occurred. Pressing the red button on the watch lets you expand upon the moment which you've deemed noteworthy and let's you add photos or notes etc. This company are essentially reinventing the wheel when it comes to watches. You are allowed five noteworthy moments a month which may not seem like a lot but when you consider how new technology is being integrated into classic designs like the watch, this is a clever new play on an old technology and its exciting to see where it could lead.

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9 – Beeline, Intuitive Navigation

For all the cyclists out here, I'm featuring this simplistic yet beautifully designed navigation system which strips back the tech and makes a design which leaves only the essentials. Based on a compass’ naturally occurring movement, this piece of design lets you find your way to your destination and tells you the distance to go. With an accelerometer, digital compass and gyroscope, this smart little device gives you just the right amount of information for you to find your way home. Waterproof and with a battery which lasts for months, this is such a versatile design which has thought of lots of practical features. Currently funded on Kickstarter!

10 – Pewter Cast Desk

This Pewter desk from Max Lamb is his largest cast to date, and he molded it on a Cornish beach using only a kitchen knife and a metal rod. At 4.30am, Lamb began carving his mold to coincide with the tide, as he knew he needed at least 6 hours to complete his work.  By 10.30am, the Pewter was ready to be melted (which took 30 camp stoves and several assistants). Lamb poured the Pewter into the sand mold and an hour later, revealed this stunning piece of geometric design which is decorated by the raw texture of the sand. 

 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

Designs for Halloween

Designs for Halloween

It's time to get your spook on, here's 5 points of inspiration, enjoy! 

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1 - DIY Geometric Halloween Masks

Wintercroft sell their masks on their Etsy shop. There’s no two ways around it, their geometric designs look cool. They look different and provide a Halloween alternative to the standard plastic masks adorning shop shelves year after year. The masks require self-printing and self-assembly, which they recommend you do using recycled cardboard and paper. Not only will you have an amazing mask by the end of it, you’ll also have a brilliant Halloween costume and will have had hours of fun making it.

2 -    Forms in Nature Lightshade

This beautiful lightshade transforms the space, adds character and casts bold shadows to the walls and ceilings. I’ve chosen this for the Halloween list because those dark, twisting shadows remind me of Tim Burton's spooktastic film, Sleepy Hollow.  The Forest, which is cast upon the walls, consists of gnarly trees and winding branches, perfect for a Halloween theme but also all year around, as this is such a beautiful piece, which looks fantastic with the light on or off.

3 – Piero Fornasetti Plates

These wall plates are both beautiful and a little un-nerving. Italian artist Piero Fornasetti designed the plates based on operatic singer Lina Cavalieri. When asked what inspired him to create more than 500 variations on one face, Fornasetti replied, “I don’t know, I began to make them and I never stopped”. Working in black and white with occasional flashes of colour, these wall plates would be a beautiful addition to a gothic themed Halloween.

4 – Anatomical Heart Vase

This Anatomical Heart vase features the words ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ in a scroll across the centre. Bright red with ventricle holes for your flowers, this vase would make the perfect centerpiece on a table filled with Halloween treats and other spooky decorations. This website is fab for décor which is perfect all year round, and fitting for Halloween themes too. Other points of Halloween interest include the faux animal skull, the wing display dome and the child ceramic vases!

 

 

5 – Faux Taxidermy

It’s not all ghouls and ghosts at Halloween, sometimes it’s good to get that eerie feeling and channel ‘The woman in black’ set. If you want to fully commit to a Victoriana style Halloween theme, then you’re going to need to add some antlers to your walls. This is where faux taxidermy comes in. There’s so many amazing designs out there from the realistic fox from Broken Hare, the glitter antler moose head from Wall Charmers or half create your own with Elkebana!

 

 

 

Written by

Katherine Thomson 

10 Beautiful Designs - October

10 Beautiful Designs - October

1. Times 4

Inspired by a pie chart, this piece designed by Gonçalo Campos for French brand Polit, is a highly organised piece of furniture. The table is divided into four colour coded interior sections, which are exposed by rotation. The tabletop and legs are made from natural finished beech wood, and the quarters and frame from white metal.

2. YC1 Chair

Japanese designer, Mikiya Kobayashi has designed a chair that is both sleek and functional. This aesthetically pleasing piece is made from rope and leather woven into a wooden frame, making it entirely unique. This is a beautiful piece, which is functional and still offers a balance between comfort and modern design.

3. Winnie

Winnie, a lighting concept by Finland based Nikolo Kerimov, is a lovely design inspired by honey pots in Winnie the Pooh.  This clever collection has several different sized pieces, each with different cork sizes and one with a cork light fixing too. 

 

4. Reverb Lamps

Crafted entirely from metal except the cord, Alessandro Zambelli draws inspiration from carbide lamps. Available in red, beige and turquoise, they are a contemporary take on an antique lamp.

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5. Aeris Air Purifier and Planter

This dual function air purifier and planter from Lab Fabrici purifies the rooms atmosphere with a high speed fan and a terracotta-coloured substrate of expanded clay and activate carbon. This piece is in two parts and the aerated planter sits perfectly in the base. Stylish and practical, I’m a big fan of this!

6.  Gabbia Lamps

Portuguese designer, Rui Pereeira and Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada envisioned these ‘inverted basket’ shaped lamps. Perfect for both ceiling and table, these lamps are designed to be used with LEDs. Handcrafted in Kyoto by a studio that works predominantly with bamboo, these lamps combine bamboo weaves and colourful acetate.

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7. Toon Chair

This chair combines characteristics of other projects from Redo Design Studio. Created by Polish designer Radek Nowkowski, this chair continues the brands style in a beautiful way. Joined together with metal fittings where the legs meet the bent wooden back, the result is a very light piece, both physically and visually.

8. Buster Bulb

The Buster bulb by Buster + Punch is the worlds first designer LED bulb. I’m a big fan of this new collection and love how eco friendly it is. This bulb uses just 5% of the energy burned by a conventional bulb and promises 10,000 hours of life, which means it could last around 5 years.

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9. Skurniture

Skateboard inspired furniture by California based studio, Swenyo. I’m a really big fan of this design! It’s so simplistic yet looks so good and I especially love the black skateboard with white legs combination. This is a fantastic design because you can buy the legs separately and play around creating your own designs perhaps upcycling an old deck of your own.

10. Stick Modular Shelving

This entirely customizable shelving creates storage for whatever you need it for. Whether it’s clothing storage or for displaying your items and ornaments on, this shelving creates a sleek solution. Designed by eco conscious, Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus, the construction is completely organic which they classify as “Soft Minimalism”.

Written by

Katherine Thomson

 

10 Tips for Design Students from a New Industrial Designer

10 Tips for Design Students from a New Industrial Designer

About 6 months ago, I had the realisation that after four long years, I would finally be graduating. Not returning to university after summer, or ever; I was being kicked out into the big wide world. And I would (hopefully) be working for someone who wanted me to design things. But who? How do I find these mystical companies that wanted to employ me? How do I make myself stand out from the sea of new design graduates? And how do I make the jump from being a student designer to being a proper designer with a proper job and a salary and all those grown-up responsibilities?!

1. Be organised

Write a CV. Build an online design portfolio. Get a LinkedIn account. You never know when opportunities will pop up, and you want to be able to easily send your information over and look professional and prepared.

2. Get some experience

Obviously, experience looks good on your CV. But make sure it is experience in a related industry, otherwise you won’t be exposed to the real-world design processes that university simply cannot teach you.

3. Network

Get to know as many companies as possible, and you never know what opportunities may arise. Speak to lecturers, family friends, go to networking events, and create opportunities yourself. I organised a mid-year exhibition where final year students could showcase their work, and companies were invited along to meet the fresh talent - and that’s how I first met Ed and Alex!

4. University teaches you the technical skills you need

But its entirely up to you to use these skills to experiment, learn and be creative. The worst thing you could ever do is limit your design because you’re not sure how to make it on CAD. 

5. Practise your weaknesses

If you struggle with sketching, follow some industrial design sketching boards on Pinterest. If your weakness is CAD, find online tutorials. Identify what you struggle with, and improve on it.

6. Time scales are different

Projects in industry may need to be turned around in days, rather than weeks or months like student projects. Learn how to work quickly.

7. Learn to make decisions

You’ll arrive at a far better design in the same amount of time.

8. Share your ideas

Collaboration isn't encouraged at university — lecturers want to see what you can produce as an individual. However, industry is all about teamwork, so find a way of sharing your ideas, receiving criticism and editing your design based on feedback.

9. Work hard on each project

You’ll only get out what you put in. You’re not going to change the world with every design, but work hard and you’ll learn something new from every project, no matter how mundane it seems.

10. Stay relevant

You might not be lucky enough to land a job before you graduate. But while you’re living back at your parent’s house with time to kill, do something productive. Practise sketching, catch up on design-related news, and update your website and CV.

Hopefully, alongside a big dose of hard work and talent, this advice will help you in landing your first real-life design job. Those tips have helped me get the most out of my university course, progressed me as a designer, and helped me get this wonderful job as an industrial designer at G2 Innovation! (And I'm still here 7 weeks on, so I'm hopefully doing a few things right!?)

Written by

Emma Hartley