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10 beautiful designs - July

10 beautiful designs - July

There’s a lot of clocks this month...though that's no bad thing! 

Enjoy! 

Life in Progress Concrete Clock

I couldn’t keep concrete out of the blog could I? This gorgeous and simplistic design comes from Bertrand Jayr for Lyon Béton. The French manufacturer has a growing family of concrete products and I love it! The clean design is created by the absence of numbers and the clean white clock hands. Small enough to be a desk clock yet big enough to be a wall clock too, this is a versatile design with a big impact.

 

The Bradley Element

The Bradley Element by Eone is an innovative and practical design. Stylish and intriguing, this watch strips away traditional elements and instead replaces the hands with a dial ball bearing system powered by magnets. The Bradley line of watches were designed with the visually impaired in mind, able to match the position of the ball bearing to the raised marker on the watch face. This eye-catching design is made of tough materials making it not only a great design, but also a practical one.

 

Anima Table Lamp

Art Deco will never go out of style. The streamlined accents and pastel colours shine through to modern day designs, and this Anima table lamp from Atelier Sauvage is a key example of this. Composed of two contrasting woods, solid sycamore and French pear, this simple form is defined by its smooth curves, stacked structure and bulb placement. Delicate but bold, this piece is both a lamp and a sculpture.

 

 

ONEclassic

This beautifully designed speaker is constructed from acrylic plastic.  The clear casing isn’t just aesthetically pleasing; it has a practical reason too. The acrylic is perfect for damping which stops the sound from reflecting inside the speaker. Of course, this material comes at a higher price and it is 5x more expensive than wood. There’s no denying that this speaker comes with a hefty price tag, but the transparent design and uncompromising performance makes this a unique design on this months blog.

 

Tarxia Collection

These handcrafted wooden phone cases from Adrián Rosales and Rafael Ruiz Casares are influenced by Andalusian art mosaics. The Tarxia collection are crafted using a seven centuries old technique which involves creating geometric patterns out of inlaid wood. Each of the nine designs are finished using natural materials making them ecological and hypoallergenic.

 

 

Today

Another clock, I did warn you that it would be clock heavy this month. This one though, is truly beautiful, and comes from Scott Thrift. Instead of focusing on the passage of time through hours and minutes ‘Today’ makes a full clock rotation through 24 hours to represent dawn, noon, dusk and midnight in corresponding hues. This clock stretches the user’s perception of time and provides a reminder to live in the present.  

 

Time Pattern

Layered triangular components form the basis of this clock. ‘Time pattern’ is a wall clock which again, looks at time differently. Designer Jorrit Taekema uses the layered elements to represent the passage of time and how it is constantly changing. The triangles look striking against the black clock front and although you might not have this for practical uses, this is a lovely item in its own right.

 

Concreto

Probably my favorite design on the list and can you blame me? Look at it, it’s beautiful! Designer Daniele Ragazzo was inspired by the walls found in Liguria which feature glass frozen in cement. This gorgeous design might look frail, but composed of fibre-reinforced concrete, coloured glass, amber and brass, this delicate looking table is much more solid than it looks. I just absolutely love it!

 

Wooden Turntable Collection

Creative and beautifully designed, these turntables from Joel Scilley are created from old pieces of wood. Available for purchase through his website, each turntable is beautifully individual and ranges from the classic looking ‘Chirp’ to the elaborate ‘El Diablo’.

 

Connesso Chair

Take a look at this, isn’t it lovely. It’s so simple and yet bold. This striking armchair comes from recent design graduate, Caroline Eriksson. The sweeping arm, in contrast to the solid form of the legs and seat, making the design look both delicate and tough. I love the simplicity of this design and that it capable of making such a big visual impact.

 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

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10 beautiful designs - June

10 beautiful designs - June

Hi!!! 🙌🏻 It's that time again, enjoy! My personal fave is the TWELVE lamp series! Tweet us your faves @g2innovation 

Elmer

Designed by Guillaume Delvigne, in partnership with French design studio Bellila, this lovely lamp, Elmer, is inspired by Elephant ears. The metal ears, combined with a sturdy oak base make for a soft and soothing design, which looks great in an array of playful colours. This clever and contemporary design means that the lamp can sit on it’s own, or be grafted to a shelf. I absolutely love the orange one!

 

Lagoon

Customizable and fun, this outdoors chair from Baldessari e Baldessari for Lagoon is inspired by lagoon colours from all around the world. Polypropylene-molded to give the impression that it’s comprised of two pieces, although the stitching doesn’t hold the chair together, it does fasten the cover into place which is removable and available in different fabrics, allowing you to customize the look.

 

Woolsey Ping Pong table

Designed by Sean Woolsey, this sleek and multifunctional Ping Pong table is perfect for design enthusiasts. Featuring a solid black walnut top sitting on solid walnut legs and paddles made from walnut and maple, this table is one that screams to be shown off. Perfect for an office environment, the powder-coated steel net can be easily removed, effortlessly turning this gorgeous table into a dining or conference table.

 

Mushroom Lamp

Versatile and functional, this fungus shaped LED lamp also acts as a charger and stand for your phone. A nod towards nature, particularly the varieties of mushroom that illuminate at night using bioluminescence, this lovely little glass lamp emits a soft and welcoming glow. When flipped over to reveal the maple base, this lamp is able to charge your phone at the same time as working as a lamp. Able either to illuminate a space for 8 hours or to charge an iPhone twice over before needing a little recharge itself.

 

Lift-Bit

The world’s first internet-of-things sofa has been unveiled and it looks lovely! The ‘Lift-bit’ designed by Carlo Ratti Associati with help from Vitra is a modular furniture system which can transform from sofa to bed to chair through gestures or a mobile app. Consisting of a cluster of upholstered stools, motorized using a linear actuator, the user has complete control over the form they want their seating to take, though the shape-shifting configuration will re-adjust when it gets ‘bored’ to keep users on their toes.

 

Solid wool

Solidwool is a British company that has joined the green revolution. The material, Solidwood, is made from two components- bio-resin and wool. Bio-resin is eco-friendly and without harmful chemicals, and wool is sustainable, renewable and natural and forms the base of this design. The sustainable ash wood legs offset the black powder coasted steel frame and would fit beautifully into any contemporary setting.

 

TWELVE

This lovely lighting system from Plato design is fully customizable thanks to its magnetic connections and modular design. The TWELVE collection consists of three different models, each with different finishes, and made from different materials. My personal favorite is the Basic TWELVE because it’s made from concrete and I’m sure my love of concrete is no shock to anyone who reads this blog regularly! The dodecahedrons with built in magnets let you join together up to seven lamps with only the need for one to be plugged in.

 

Concretus

Designed by second year product design student, Gražina Bočkutė, this gorgeous speaker is striking. Clean crisp lines, highlighted by the rough texture of the concrete and complimented by the metal accents, this contrast of materials makes it both contemporary and industrial. With Bluetooth integration and four control buttons on the side, this speaker turns traditional speakers on their heads. 

 

Molekule

Air pollution is a big problem, and indoor air is 5 times more polluted than outdoor as chemicals and pollutants accumulate and multiply over time. Designed by Dr Yogi Goswami, a scientist who has developed the Molekule, a system, which doesn’t just capture harmful bacteria, mold and viruses, but converts them into clean air. The contemporary design and clean cylindrical shape make this an elegant piece, which wouldn’t look, out of place in the home.

 

Louis

Sometimes you just can’t beat the grainy retro warmth of a vinyl record. The problems occur when you want that sound, but don’t want the heap of records stacked up next to your deck.  This beautiful little speaker, inspired by the iconic gramophone shape, is the answer to all of life’s vinyl problems. Designed by Paolo Cappello, this wooden analogue speaker mimics the sound of records when playing music off your smartphone. Available in neutral, graphite and yellow, what’s not to love? 

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10 Beautiful Designs - April

10 Beautiful Designs - April

 

Hello!  

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

Enjoy 🙌🏻

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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 - 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”.

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Katherine Thomson

 

10 Beautiful Designs - September

10 Beautiful Designs - September

1. D’Hauteville Concrete Chair

This midcentury inspired concrete chair by Julie Legros and Henri Levallard Boget rethinks traditional chair design. Consisting of steel legs and a concrete seat the chair is being touted as‘surprisingly confortable’. A striking piece which makes a statement both indoors and outdoors.

2. Inactivité

“Inactivity seems to be the disease of today,” observes designer Benoit Malta. Altering the sedentary nature of modern life has inspired the Parisian designer. We are obsessed with this idea of making everything as comfortable as possible, we’ve neglected the fact that it is really bad for us to be less and less active. The aim of this chair is to create a ‘bearable discomfort’ used to put the body in motion and out of the stationary poses which most of us sit in all day.

3. Concrescence Concrete Planters

Iowa based designer Vakhtangi Darjania has created these efficient concrete planters inspired by his native home, Tbillsi, Georgia. Made from a pourced cement sand mix and birch plywood, these planters have character and raw simplicity.

4. Inside out table lamp

Okay, there’s a lot of concrete this month, but it’s all justified because each of the the designs are really beautiful. This design is no exception. This concrete structure lamp comes from Milan based Daevas design and features a brass lampshade. The design, which is based on the Fibonaci spiral, looks solid from one side however when viewed from the other side, the concrete reveals a completely new shape.

5. E1 4K Video Camera

This is a fantastic design for anyone out there who wants a professional camera but wants to ditch the bulk. Sitting somewhere in the middle of professional gear and portable HD/4K, the E1 is the smallest 4K professional camera with an interchangeable lens system.

6. Seletti Monkey Lamp

If you’ve read my previous months top ten design blogs, then you’ll know I’m a BIG fan of lamps and the Seletti Monkey lamp is not getting left behind. The range designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba comes in three different poses; sitting, standing and hanging. Made in Resin and finished in white, these monkeys are quirky and contemporary.

7. Marshall London Smartphone

If you only need one reason to love this phone, let it be the fact that it has double headphone jacks. Made for music lovers, this smartphone is way more than a phone; it’s the loudest phone on earth. The London, looks like a classic Marshall amp with the black alligator like texture on the back and has two speakers on the front, one on the top and one on the bottom. There’s no need to scroll through your apps for your music player because a very convenient ‘M button’ requires a single press to provide you with access to all of your installed music players. Take my money Marshall, for the scroll wheel alone, I love it.

8. Wall Elements Birdhouse Collection

Vincent Bos has designed this collection with durability and versatility in mind. The modular system can be uniquely assembled to work in any space and the mount is sturdy enough to be used on a wall or a fence. This playful yet functional design is designed to bring nature into urban spaces.

9. Camp Champ

Camp champ brings the luxury of a kitchen to the raw nature of camping. Austrian designer Franz Moser has designed a product that is practical, yet stylish. The compact box unfolds to provide a bin holder on each door, a flip down counter top, a four-burner gas stove, a knife block, grater, a set of pots and pans, a colander, a plate and spice rack and a set of plates and utensils. It’s basically, everything you could ever need for a gourmet camping trip! Come dine with me - camping edition anyone

10.  Epiphytes – Organic Pendant Planters

Created by Italian studio Dossofiorito, Epiphytes takes its name from a type of plant that grows on the outside of things, such as trees, instead of in soil. This home garden design is intended for use with Epiphytes as it lets their roots hang down, looking almost wild and overgrown.

 

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10 Beautiful Designs - July

10 Beautiful Designs - July

Hello July, it’s nice to see you.

Hasn’t it come around fast? It feels like we’re hurtling through this year at an alarmingly fast rate.

So today, lets pause, take a step back and appreciate the genius of ten of my favorite, recently discovered designs.

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1 – Book Lamp

This gorgeous minimalist looking lamp is made from an iron rod, which is painted bright red. The design is basic, yet clever. The top of the lamp acts as a room lamp or reading light and the bottom of the frame, doubles up as a stylish bookmark. Perfect next to your favourite sofa/chair that you like to settle down and read in when it’s dark outside.

2 – 3ANGLE

You may be the only one able to determine the time from your watch, but the crisp design and smooth motion of this watch is sure to catch people’s attention.  The smart watchface presents time using a triangle, which effortlessly changes shape every 5 seconds. With a variety of colours changeable in the watches settings menu, there is a 3ANGLE to suit everyone.

3 – CatCube

What better than a geometric cave for cats?! I can assure you, I’m being completely serious. This cardboard cat dome would be well utilised by feline friends and would act as the perfect retreat. Speaking from personal experience, I could buy my cat the fanciest bed in the world, and he would still choose a tough, cardboard box. This cat cave offers a retreat for your cat, whilst remaining an attractive item in the home.

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4 – Origami Bird Lamp

Folded paper, meets brass, meets light. This delicate looking bird made from paper and brass, illuminates through connection with the brass perch and fills the room with light. Perfectly weighted, this light rocks back and forth when touched.

5 – Origami Door (Drehplattentür)

This elegant design, transforms opening and closing a door into a beautiful, hypnotic process. You will see if you visit the link that the door folds effortlessly at the slightest touch, mimicking folding paper. Currently a prototype and an addition to his artistic practice, this door is unfortunately not available for purchase, though I am very hopeful that one day it will be.

6 – Cosmic Dinnerware

Winner of Wallpapers 2015 design award, the cosmic diner collection from Italian brands Diesel living and Seletti. The 11-piece set represents our solar system and beyond, each made from porcelain, beautifully designed with a realistic image of outer space.

7 – Modular Emergency Homes

24-year-old Australian, Alastair Pryor has created a compact shelter, which is wind, and rain resistant and can be put together or taken down in under two minutes. The idea is that this design could be used for emergency aid relief in a crisis to be able to keep families together whilst providing them with space and privacy.

8 – Slash Lamp

Yes, it's another lamp, I’m a big fan of lighting!

This concrete lamp is pretty unique. A stone comes with this lamp so that the user can smash the shade (or not) and reveal the steel mesh behind it. The lamp allows the user to decide how they want it to look, whether leaving it un-smashed, or smashing different sections of it.

9 – Zero Scooter

Inspired by the design of the Italian motoretta from the 60’s, Bel & Bel have been working on re-designing the look of the Segway. The growing popularity of Segways is what led the designers to completely re-design the product with a fresh, retro design while embracing new technologies. 

10 – Puphaus

This sleek looking dog house turns traditional plastic kennels on their heads. Easy to assemble without any tools in just 5 steps, this house is maintenance free and has a raised roof for ventilation. Made from Western Red Cedar, this Puphaus will naturally age and stain, which is encouraged and is designed to last 20 years.


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Top ten Fathers Day gadget gifts

Top ten Fathers Day gadget gifts

Top ten gadget gifts to buy your dear papa for Fathers day.

(Or for anyone really, because I can assure you, they’re all super cool gift ideas!)

Father’s day has come hurtling around again and so the mission for a great present begins! With less than one week to go, I’m going to help all of you panicking people out there, who, like me, haven’t a clue what to buy.

1.    MiP

MiP is your very own little robot buddy; its motion is completely controlled by you and can even be controlled using GestureSense, meaning that you can control your robot remotely using your hand. MiP is balanced in the same way as a Segway is and is equipped with a carry tray, which can carry twice its weight. This is the ultimate gadget for those who want the ease of travelling the TV remote across the room or passing a fresh drink to their friend without needing to get up. This robot has its own built in emotions and personality so you need to be nice to it, or you’ll have to deal with one grumpy robot! For £89.99, you get a robot friend and carrying device all in one!

2.    Retro Touch Speaker 

You can never go wrong with a stylish retro gadget. At £29.99, this nostalgia-inducing speaker combines old and new seamlessly. Although it looks like it’s out of the 1970’s it is actually full of the latest tech. Not only is this cool little gadget only a speaker, it also acts as a stand for watching films on your phone or reading from recipes in the kitchen! (Just make sure to stand it in a safe place.) This Bluetooth free speaker won’t drain your phones battery. Instead using the latest near field audio technology, this speaker instantly amplifies your sounds so you can enjoy your music with a boost.

3.    Cycle Speaker 

Wires, wires, wires! They’re annoying aren’t they! Especially when trying to do something else, like cycling. With limbs and wheels flailing around, the last thing needed is a pesky wire getting caught up in the mix! That is where the Cycle Speaker steps in! This convenient speaker from Mayhem UK provides excellent sound quality in an innovative bottle shaped design, which fits securely onto the bikes drinks holder. For £11.99, this is the perfect Fathers day solution for all the outdoorsy dads out there who like to cycle to a beat! 

4.    SMART Rotating Stone Bake Pizza Oven

Is your Dad a Pizza fiend? Perhaps a man who knows a good pizza base when he see's one? Or just a man who is always searching for tasty, high quality, delicious baked goods?

This rotating pizza oven might just be the gift you’re looking for. With adjustable temperature settings, the oven absorbs heat and distributes it evenly to produce a perfectly crispy base and thoroughly cooked toppings. This brilliant little oven has an analogue timer and a viewing panel, so you can have a sneaky little peak at the pizza progress!

5.     Fitbit Flex

For the fitness fanatic dads, or for the dads who want to be. The Fitbit Flex is a great gadget, which can help transform fitness into a lifestyle. This sleek, stylish looking device, tracks movement throughout the day and counts your burnt calories. Wirelessly working with the Fitbit app, the user is in control of the personal fitness goal they want to set and achieve throughout the day. The light up display keeps motivation on track and helps to encourage movement.

6.    Star Theatre Planetarium

For £109.99, this planetarium is full to the brim of beautiful constellations and celestial movements, well, kind of anyway. The discs included with this planetarium display both stars and constellations so you can get a full picture of the night sky across your walls. You could hardly get a better view of the glorious night sky on your ceiling without ripping of the roof of your house, and this is arguably cheaper and easier.

Perfect for the stargazing dad!

7.    Arcane Arcade Table 

If you really want to splash out on your dad this fathers day, then why not get one of the coolest gifts ever, a huge gaming table with over 100 amazing games. At £4000 it doesn’t come cheap, but it would probably mean you would only need to worry about fathers day this year and then not have to think about it for the next 20 or so years!

Games are not all you get for your money though, take advantage of the 500GB hard disk and Ethernet ports and watch films, play music and even browse the internet on the built in LED flat screen. 

8.    M:Tech IMusic Pillow

For the Dad who likes sleeping to the soothing sounds of the ocean or to a bit of Metallica. This pillow for £16.99 offers all the musical solutions for sleep. Equipped with a 3.5mm stereo plug to allow the listener freedom of what device to listen to their music on, whether they want to listen through their phone, iPod, Mp3 player or radio. The removable wire means it’s safe and tidy when not in use. The perfect gift if they’d like a choice of silence when sleeping, or sounds.

9.    Haynes Classic Camera Kit 

A great gift for Photography Dad. This classic camera kit allows you to build your very own camera! Following the simple step by step instructions, you can build a twin lens reflex camera, enabling you use 35mm film to take retro style photos. For £24.99, this camera kit is brilliant for photography but also for the fun to be had by building, and assembling it yourself.

10.  Cheesy Boards – You Talkin’ To Brie?

Okay, sorry, this isn’t a tech gift. But as far as gifts go, if your Dad loves cheese (which a lot of dads seem to) then here is a practical gift. For £8.99, you can’t go wrong. What better way to serve up an assortment of cheese and grapes than on a board with a cheese pun? That’s right, there probably isn’t one.

 

I hope I’ve managed to shine some light on gift ideas for you. Whether you’re seeking a gift for Fathers day or someone else, these are ten gifts you can’t go wrong with!

 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

Top Ten Photographers

Top Ten Photographers

 

 

Photography (fəˈtɒɡrəfɪ)

n

1. (Photography) the process of recording images on sensitized material by the action of light, X-rays, etc, and the chemical processing of this material to produce a print, slide, or cine film

2. (Photography) the art, practice, or occupation of taking and printing photographs, making cine films, etc

 

1. Rankin

John Rankin Waddel, better known as Rankin, is a British portrait and fashion photographer. He is famous for working with an impressive clientele and a non-exhaustive list of models, actors/actresses and musicians. He made his name in Publishing after founding Dazed & Confused magazine with Jefferson Hack in 1992. The magazine provided a platform for emerging stylists, designers and writers, which went on to develop cult status and forged a distinctive mark in the arts. Rankin is often seen as a celebrity photographer, but his work with charities and campaigns, which feature ‘Real women’, mark him to be a genuinely passionate portrait photographer across a wide spectrum of industries. "There’s a time when people say your work is revolutionary, but you have to keep being revolutionary. I can’t keep shooting pop stars all my life. You have to keep changing, keep pushing yourself, looking for the new, the unusual." - Rankin

 

2. Tim Walker

Tim Walker is a British fashion Photographer. Walker’s passion for Photography began in the Condé Nast Library, where he worked on the Cecil Beaton archive. After studying Photography at the Exeter College of Art, Walker worked as a freelance photographic assistant in London before moving to New York to work as a full time assistant to Richard Avedon. On his return to England, Walker focused on portrait and documentary work for British Newspapers. Age 25, Walker shot a story for Vogue and has since worked with the British, Italian and American editions as well as many other well-recognised and renowned publications. Walker’s work is very enchantingly beautiful, and looks like something from a fairytale. His work is always well composed, and has been likened to a snapshot of a daydream. “Fashion for me is just a massive dressing-up box. There's always something black, there's always something baggy. In fashion there is always something you can mix together that becomes the costume in the play."

 

3. Richard Avedon

Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer. Upon his death in 2004, an obituary published in The New York Times noted that “his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century”.

Avedon’s career began working as an advertising photographer in a department store. By 1945 his photographs began appearing in Junior Bazaar and a year later Harpers Bazaar after being endorsed by Alexey Brodovitch, the art director for Harpers Bazaar. Avedon’s career took off and he was recognised for his unique and revolutionary shooting style, which was a depart from the norm of traditional emotionless poses and instead showed models full of life, and in many cases, open air and outdoor settings. In 1955, Avedon made fashion photography history when he worked with one of the most successful models in history, Dovima, on his piece, ‘Dovima with Elephants’. Several photographers including aforementioned Rankin with model Erin O’Connor have since recreated homages to this piece. Avedon’s work is stylistic and his portraiture is easily identifiable by the black and white image on a white or grey background.

 

4. David Bailey

Bailey, an English fashion and portrait photographer, renowned for his work with British Vogue and his co-creation of ‘Swinging London’, a culture of fashion and celebrity chic in the 1960’s. His early photographic life began with his purchase of a Rolleiflex camera after time spent serving with the Royal Air Force. His creativity burst through and after he was demobbed in 1958. Determined to pursue a career in Photography, he went on to become a second assistant in a studio before being called to an interview with photographer John French. Baileys work is iconic, and his clientele is impressive and long. Regularly shooting in Black & White, his photos are very stylistic and identifiable. There’s simplicity about his photographs and they often look clean, which has influenced other photographers such as Rankin.

 

5. Irving Penn

Penn, although famous for his art, kept fame at arms length. An incredibly private man, he was rarely interviewed and in many ways denied the existence of fame in his life. Penn was offered a position at Vogue in the art department before being asked to try Photography. In October 1943, his first photographic cover appeared on Vogue and he continued to work for the magazine up until his death in 2009. Penn was among the first photographers to use a simple grey or white backdrop behind his subject. His work has inspired many modern day fashion photographers. Modest in his abilities and often self-critical, Penn has been described by Anna Wintour as one of the leading artists in the 20th century.

 

6. Ansel Adams

Adams is the only Landscape photographer on the whole list I’m afraid, but one I very much admire the work of. Known for his careful composition and consideration for tone, he is the perfect example of well-executed landscape photography. His life began in western San Francisco, born to upper class parents. His father, with whom Adams had a warm, supportive relationship with, developed his passion for the outdoors. However his distant relationship with his mother was driven by her disapproval of his interest in Photography. Adams love of the outdoors was cemented by his first visit to Yosemite National Park with his family where his father presented him with his first camera. Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature.”- Ansel Adams.  Adams also identified as an environmental activist. He spoke passionately and acted on causes, which concerned him. The Big Sur coastline was one, which caused Adams much aggravation as he fought to protect it from development.

 

7. Mario Testino

When reading interviews with Testino, he comes across as wild, charismatic and ‘in the moment’. Hailing from Peru, the fashion photographer felt unaccepted by the norms of society there and was often criticized and bullied for his dress sense. Moving to London aged 22, dying his hair pink and moving into a hospital turned apartment just off the Strand, opened up new possibilities to Testino. Testino flourished in London and in 1980 when he decided to pick up a camera, he began documenting his friends’ social lives with candid shots rich in spontaneity. His career has grown spectacularly and has been described as "the world's most prolific magazine and fashion trade photographer.” By Aaron Hicklin of The Observer. He has an impressive list of clients and has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. In 1997 his career high point came when he was chosen by Princess Diana to photograph her for Vanity Fair.  Since then, the British royal family has regularly employed Testino.  

 

8. Euginio Recuenco

Hauntingly beautiful, Recuenco's photographs convey a sense of mystery, but rather like a painting by Giorgio De chirico, they leave the viewer with a sense of dread and unease.The Spaniards work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and his work has been described as cinematic. When asked about his cinematic style in relation to Fashion Photography, Recuenco replied, I'm not a slave to fashion. When I take a picture I do it to tell something, to tell a tale, to tell people what I'm thinking about and I use fashion to achieve this target.  I do not like having a very nice, beautiful model with a beautiful dress because I like to have content in my picture.” His style is very unique and his photographs tell stories beyond fashion. Recuenco isn’t worried about being bold and creative. His recent homage to Picasso, combines cubism with fashion photography, represented through his use of fragments in the photographs and the models geometric clothing. This is a photographer worth researching to better understand the full impact and power of his work.

 

9. Annie Leibovitz

Annie’s work is almost theatrical in appearance. Her career in Photography began in 1970 when she began working for the newly launched Rolling Stone magazine. Her intimate photographs of celebrities whilst working there until 1983, defined the Rolling Stone look. The infamous photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono has become a defining photograph in her ongoing career. The photograph features a naked Lennon curled up into Yoko, looking vulnerable in the fetal position. This photo is of particular importance as it was taken 5 hours before Lennon was shot. There is no doubt that Leibovitz is a highly talented photographer. Her capabilities have stretched from intimate Rock and Roll photos for Rolling Stone, to elegant shoots for Vanity Fair all the way to enchantingly beautiful pieces for a Disney Parks project. Leibovitz has proven herself to be an important and versatile photographer, competent in many areas.

  

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10. Henri Cartier-Bresson

Considered to be the father of Photo Journalism, the French photographer is known for his candid photography and early use of 35mm film. He developed his interest in photography from an early age, funded by his parents so that he could explore the art more freely. After moving to England to study at Cambridge, Cartier-Bresson went on to Africa where he shot game and learnt new techniques in Photography. On his return to France, he decided to take up photography seriously, and to develop his skills. After displaying his work in New Yorks Julien Levy Gallery, he was assigned a fashion shoot by Carmel Snow of Harpers Bizarre. His inexperience with models proved challenging as the shoot was a failure. However, Snow was the first to publish Cartier-Bresson’s work in a magazine. In September 1939 at the beginning of WW2, Cartier-Bresson joined the army as a corporal in the film and photo unit. Captured the following year by German soldiers, he went on to spend 35 months in a prisoner of war camp under Nazi control. After 2 failed escape attempts, he managed to escape on the third attempt and hid on a farm in Touraine where he obtained false documents to allow him to travel around France. He worked for the underground, aiding others and working secretly with other photographers to document the occupation and liberation of France. The American office requested that he make a documentary, La Retour, covering French prisoners and displaced persons. By 1947, working with other photographers, ‘Magnum Photos’ came to life. The agency was a cooperative owned by its members, documenting events and news around the world. Cartier-Bresson received international recognition for his work covering Ghandi’s funeral in 1948. His book, ‘The decisive moment’, has gone on to influence photographers around the world. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever." – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Washington Post 1957.


Here are some of the photographers that almost made the list, and there’s many more. They are equally as important as the names mentioned above, but my list couldn’t go on forever. 

-       Craig McDean

-       Erwin Blumenfeld

-       Norman Parkinson

-       Peter Lindbergh

-       Paul Gore

-       Robert Frank

-       Steven Klein  

Written by

Katherine Thomson