Posts Tagged ‘designers’

PearsonLloyd’s ‘A Better A&E’

May 20, 2014

This blog looked previously at The Design Council’s Designing Out Aggression in A&E project, and as a continuation of this,  PearsonLloyd’s A Better A&E book has been awarded Best In Book at the Creative Review Annual 2014.

A Better A&E came out of Design Council Challenge to develop a solution to reduce levels of violence and aggression towards frontline hospital staff.

Read the full post on the Design Council website.


Designer Interview: Dan Ojari

March 14, 2013


Courtesy of Camira Fabrics, comes this interview with illustrator and animator Dan Ojari, originally featured on their own blog.

Camira has been working with Dan Ojari, a graduate from the prestigious Royal College of Art, since he produced the Hemp animation in 2012.

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Here we learn more about award winning animator Dan:

Can you give us a little background about yourself and your work?

I grew up in Sheffield and was home educated up until the age of 15. I’ve always loved drawing, making and creating things, and ended up going to Wimbledon Art College in London. It was there that I got into making animations and I’m now working as an animator and director of short films. My most recent short film Slow Derek won several awards internationally and was selected for the Sundance Film Festival last year. I try to make films that create a visually exciting and thoughtful experience for the viewer. Hopefully that allows them to engage with the subject of the film in a subtle and personal way.

How would you describe your work in ten words?

A strange and subtle craft that hopefully inspires wonder and enjoyment. (Sorry that’s 11!)

List five things that have inspired you and your work

Neil Buchanan! Art Attack was such a fantastically creative programme that must have inspired a whole generation of children to draw, paint and sculpt and was most definitely one of them! Bring Neil back!

The Brothers Quay, they make dark, weird and surreal animated films and were a massive inspiration to me when I first started looking at what you can do with the medium of stop motion animation.

The amazing Bruce Bickford, his animations are completely insane in all senses of the word and look like nothing else. I really admire his absolute passion and dedication to his art.

Hollywood! I’ve cleverly condensed a lot of films into this one, but I love film of all kinds and take inspiration from Kubrick to Jean-Claude Van Damme!

My Peers, I find that most all it is the creative people around that inspire me the most. Friends, family and classmates, I think it is important to surround yourself with people who like making things.

How did you begin your career as an animator?

Whilst studying my degree in set design for film and theatre, I decided to make a short animated film, (which ended up being ‘Obscura’). Because animation wasn’t part of the course I had to teach myself most things and the project was a huge learning curve. However I found it an extremely exciting and expressive medium and quickly became obsessed with the wonderful world of animation! I then went on to study an MA in animation the Royal College of Art and since graduating have been working on a variety of projects, commissions and short films.

What’s next?

I’m planning to spend the next month making a very short film that I’ve been developing for a while. It’s going to be technically quite challenging as I plan to film it all outside mostly in a forest. I want to combine time-lapse photography with animated elements, which will hopefully create a surreal otherworldly quality to the film.

Please can you tell us a bit about your work for Camira

I really have enjoyed working with Camira, each project has been a real pleasure, with interesting briefs. The first film for ‘Hemp’ really interested me because it was about telling the story of how this sustainable and eco-friendly fabric is made.

The most recent film for ‘Blazer’ is again explaining the story behind where the wool comes from and how it helps protect the surrounding environment.

The thing I’ve liked most about these commissions is the challenge of making everything out of fabric! As the idea from the start was that everything you would see in the films had to be made from the fabric itself.

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Ferruccio Laviani on the new Kartell Taj table lamp

March 7, 2013

The new Kartell Taj Mini curved arch shape table lamp is a sculptural light by Ferruccio Laviani, available in 7 colours. The Taj Mini is perfect for bedside, side table, desk or shelf, and is a smaller, more discreet, versatile version of the ‘Best of 2012’ Interior Design winning Taj lamp (below).



Designer Ferruccio Laviani describes the design process for the Taj and the Taj mini:

The name ‘Taj’ pretty much came about by chance. When I saw an image of the lamp in black and white on a piece of paper, the first thing I thought of was an elephant’s tusk.

Taj was conceived as a table lamp, but as the project progressed, we realised that it could just as easily sit on a bedside table or in other areas of the home. I really like how it has its own distinctive style, a far cry from the Bourgie model.

I also like how the lamp is a kind of sculpture that anyone can own. In fact, its essential and bold form (almost like a comma) meant I didn’t want to clutter it with too many finishes or combintations of materials.

I therefore opted for just four finishes: two full colours (white and black) in addition to transparent and opaline. The latter came about by chance as well. There was a matt version amongst the initial prototypes, and I really liked the lalique effect, so I added it to the range.

We decided to design a smaller version of the lamp, as soon as we had wrapped up the main Taj project. The main difference from Taj senior is that I decided to focus heavily on the colour range. I felt that it was important to offer slightly more alluring colours seeing as the object is smaller, helping the lamp blend seamlessly into a range of different settings.

The Taj mini is available in the UK from Connections Interiors.


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Vintage ‘Rio’ Chaise Longue by Oscar Niemeyer

November 19, 2012

Known as being a “sculptor of monuments”, Niemeyer has been praised for being one of the greatest architects of his generation. He is most famous for his signature use of abstract forms and curves which is exemplified in the Rio Chaise Longue.

A classic, timeless piece, the Rio chaise was designed in collaboration with his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer in 1978 and is made from curved compressed laminated wood lacquered in black with Brazilian artisan wicker work.

Much like his architecture, Niemeyer’s limited furniture designs celebrate the beauty of the female form and the geographical elements of Rio de Janiero.

The Rio Chaise Longue is available for the first time at ESPASSO UK.

Poltrona Frau celebrates 100 year anniversary with Benjamin Hubert design

May 1, 2012

Benjamin Hubert, class of 1984, British, the enfant prodige of international design, has created Juliet. The armchair that symbolises Poltrona Frau’s one hundred year anniversary, winner of the design contest held by the company to celebrate this important event between twelve talented designers from all over the world. With an invitation and a challenge: to project the brand values into the future, and to do so now. The idea is inspired by fashion and takes a particular detail, the puff sleeve, to give rise to a new concept of armchair, with a strong design.


Top four design classic chairs

November 21, 2011

Setting out to compile the most popular classic chair designs is not as easy as you might think. Search for furniture design classics, and you’ll find a large number of armchairs, lounge chairs, dining chairs and chaise longues competing for iconic or legendary status.

There is no shortage of interior designers, manufacturers or devotees of good design out there banging the drum for their favourite piece, but there were four chairs that stood out for me in particular. Granted, there are a great many design classics from the 20th Century but the amount of discussion (and imitations) of these four pieces suggests that they stand above the others.

I’d love to hear about which pieces are your own favourites, perhaps I have missed a key piece? Or, alternatively, do we focus too much on the design classics of the past?

Le Corbusier: LC4 Chaise Longue – Cassina

The LC4 is often seen as a Le Corbusier piece, but it was also designed by Pierre Jeanneret (his cousin) and the architect Charlotte Perriand. The design is functional, as it was intended to work in harmony with the body, but its subtlety and proportions make it beautiful at the same time.
It is manufactured under license by Cassina. In 1964, while Le Corbusier was still alive, the company acquired exclusive worldwide rights to make his furniture. Many copies are available today, but Cassina is still the only manufacturer authorised by the Le Corbusier Foundation.

Charles & Ray Eames: Lounge Chair & Ottoman- Herman Miller

Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1956 and manufactured by Herman Miller in the USA, and Vitra in Europe.
This piece of furniture is recognised around the world and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The words ‘iconic’ and ‘legendary’ are often used with reference to this piece but it is hard to argue when it has made its way onto so many film and TV sets over the years.
The design, in its classic form with black leather and rich rosewood (now no longer available) appears warm and comfortable, unlike the more minimal forms typically found in high design. Although the padding is generous, the use of clips on the inside give the plywood backing a clean, pure look unsullied by screws or bolts.

Austerity, interior design, Russel Wright and recession

June 29, 2010

I came across an interesting piece by Michael Cannell in The New York Times from earlier this year on austerity chic which talks about the impact of the Great Depression on American designers, and introduced me to Russel Wright, who was, apparently, ‘the most popular American designer of the era.’

I went to the The Russel Wright Design Center for more information.

Russel Wright revolutionized the American home and the way people lived there. His inexpensive, mass produced dinnerware, furniture, appliances, and textiles were not only visually and technically innovative, but were also the tools to achieve his concept of “easier living,” a unique American lifestyle that was gracious yet contemporary and informal.

There are some nice images there.


American Modern Furniture, 1935


Oceana Wood Line, 1935


Silver Flatware, 1935


Wood and cow hide chair, 1932

Apparently Cannell’s piece caused some controversy in the design community (for example Design Hates a Depression) although support comes from Ernest Beck in his review of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (May 2010 in New York).

It’s impossible to place these designers and what they are doing on a definitive time line, to say whether the gloomy economic climate and national sour mood pushed them in these directions, or whether they are demonstrating a natural evolution of ideas. What was clear, however, was that poking through the mass of furniture, lighting, materials, rugs and wall coverings at the show this year was a glimpse of design aiming for something new — a new sense of relevance.

Hotel interior – Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

January 15, 2010
Patricia Urquiola - Mandarin Oriental - Barcelona

Patricia Urquiola - Mandarin Oriental - Barcelona

Contemporist posts a great photoset of the newly opened Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona with its highly stylised contemporary interior by Spanish-born designer Patricia Urquiola.

Nearly all the furniture was specifically designed by Urquiola or adapted for the hotel in conjunction with companies such as B&B Italia, DePadova, Flos and Moroso.

The bathrooms were finished with fittings from Hansgrohe’s Axor Urquiola range, again designed by Patricia Urquiola.

You can see a whole series of interior products designed by Urquiola on Architonic, including armchairs, sofas, rugs, baths, showers and taps. A selection of her seating is also available on

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Function over form

September 8, 2009

Designboom commented on Jasper Morrison’s cover design for the September Issue of Icon. The design is a provocative minimalist white cover with a handwritten note: “Design for life not magazine covers!” The statement refers to the fact he prefers to focus on functional, real-life designs rather than media hype.

Jasper Morrisons icon cover September 2009

Jasper Morrison's icon cover September 2009

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Philippe Starck reality show

September 1, 2009

Philippe Starck is to star in an Apprentice-style reality programme called Design for Life on BBC2. The show follows 12 designers as they compete to win a place at Starck’s new design school in Paris.

The show is featured in The Independent, while Starck is interviewed in idFX.

Philippe Starck. image: Twofour Broadcast

Philippe Starck. image: Twofour Broadcast