17 posts categorized "Product design"

29/12/2016

Precious Cargo

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It was during the warm summer months that l was introduced to 'Precious Cargo', (gold, frankincense and myrrh) created by glassybaby.  The team couldn't wait to showcase their Christmas creations, which proved to be rather timely, as l was on my way to Cologne, Germany - home to the shrine of The Three Kings.

How poetic to have such a precious gift appear during my travels...

May it be a bright star that leads you into the New Year. 

15/01/2016

In 2016 ...

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l wish to start this year's Looking Glass postings by sharing a photograph of my 'Seaglass space'. This is where my visual communication work is created, where a calendar can be turned in typographic style, where a 3D-cardboard globe can be spun while pondering creative ideas, where l rotate creative expression that inspires...

l wonder with much anticipation, as to which visual direction client projects will take me in 2016...all very exciting!

Wishing you a creative & inspirational 2016!

20/03/2015

Fresh air for the creative eye

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Founded by wife and husband team, Anna & Nathan Bond, Rifle Paper.Co knows no visionary bounds. Starting out as a small stationary business in 2009 their design journey has rapidly, yet intuitively developed into a global "lifestyle brand" with products galore.

Anna has taken her creative talents to heights of visual impact that packs a stylish punch. l'm impressed how original illustrative pieces have been translated and adapted for different mediums, from gift-wrapping to phone-cases, proving a pattern can travel a visual path with distance.

Two collections which have been picked up on the Looking Glass radar are the recent collaborations with French illustrator, author, and photographer Garance Doré and Lauren Conrad of Paper Crown. Featured above, both give a compelling nod to glamour from a different perspective, a pure reflection of their own unique style.

"We strongly believe life's personal stories and moments are best told through the gift of a handwritten card or note". With this ethos, it's no wonder Rifle Paper.Co are growing their stationary roots and branching out to wallpaper and other homeware products...be sure to check out the carefully crafted gift guide and the enchanting 'Puffin In Bloom' book collection.

A welcomed breath of (visual) fresh air for the creative eye.

*Special thanks to Jill Allemang of jallé GmbH for bringing the Rifle Paper Co. brand to my 'Looking Glass' attention.

05/11/2014

A 'Nendo' moment!

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Welcome to the world of Nendo! The Nendo objective is to give people a small "!" moment. On discovering Chief Designer Oki Sato and his team's work, l've certainly enjoyed many a moment.

A refreshing feeling evolves when browsing the Nendo website. Looking at everyday objects from a different viewpoint and celebrating the clean, uncluttered form of simplicity truly makes my creative heart sing.

The humble elastic band has been given a shapely, yet robust make-over, a classic set of oil paints beautifully presents itself as an aesthetically pleasing chocolate box (perfect for artists who have sweet tastebuds), and the timeless key calender leads us to the delightful thought of opening new doors on a daily basis.

Simple, effective, and oh so very clever!  

14/02/2014

Thanks to "belle"


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It was at the beginning of the year that glassybaby was brought to my attention in the colourful shape of 'belle' via the Pearl Jam newsletter (l'm a long-term follower of this gifted band, hence inclusion of "given to fly" ). Upon reading the articles, l subsequently clicked on the related glassybaby link. Lo & behold the glassybaby world came alive.

Founded by Lee Rhodes in 1998, glassybaby's journey is an inspiring story of courage and hope, in which Lee faced a battle with a rare form of lung cancer. In search of serenity, Lee felt inspired to fill each glassybaby with a tealight, in which she found a shining glow of healing and hope.

l feel greatly touched by the creative manner in which glassybaby spreads the "power of giving" ethos by donating a percentage of glassybaby sales to various charities. A beautiful concept which enables givers to fundamentally change the lives of others.  l also find the creation of names and stories for each glassybaby makes way for an abundance of fun and many glassybaby discoveries.

Following on from my own discovery, it felt only natural to make a 'Looking Glass Collection'. All six glasses speak to me from a personal perspective. l find a beautiful narrative thread running throughout my carefully chosen pieces. Generating my own sense of serenity, light & hope.

l'm also feeling rather curious as to which unique glassybaby you're drawn too...

17/01/2014

Dot-to-Date your way through the year

 

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What a wonderful way to spend the calender year, plotting your way through British made 'Dot-to-Date'a playful piece, designed by Dan Usiskin. Each design takes a well-known London landmark and invites you to join the dots in your choice of medium. Perhaps you may feel inspired to brighten up Nelson's Column with an array of coloured crayon derived dots, or for the tactile stitcher, weave colourful threads to join up the dots on the London Eye?

l like the idea of taking an object which helps navigate our schedules, and customizing each month with a moment of creative expression. This calendar will surely enrich the working space.

Dan tells me that due to the global success of the Dot-to-Date London Edition, he has plans in the artistic pipeline to create a World Edition...watch this space...

17/10/2013

Looking sideways with glass full of wit

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Stepping away from an extensive career in the advertising industry, British-based Andy Poplar now channels his creative talent for word play into the form of witty glass etchings.

As Andy, aptly describes; "The actual name for his brand [vinegar & brown paper] derives from an English nursery rhyme called Jack & Jill in which the character 'Jack' falls down and injures his head.He then goes to bed '...to mend his head with vinegar & brown paper' ".

The playful use of words is intricately etched by hand onto the carefully chosen pieces of glassware - an idiom graces a milk bottle, a nod to Alice in Wonderland is beautifully recognised, and a vintage periodic flask is cleverly transformed into a unique Gin & Tonic vessel.

Andy's latest piece is titled [inwhichhappinesshangs] - A beautifully crafted juxaposition piece - traditional in style, and yet reflects a contemporary message with regards to work and life, which may resonate with most.

l was fortunate to ask Andy where he finds inspiration for his work..."For the work itself - I find inspiration in the myriad of tiny accidental connections that exist in the world - all you need to do is look sideways, with one eye half closed and it's amazing what you can see".

Going forward, Andy tells me, "the main focus for next year will be a book of photographs based around a museum filled with a collection of etched glass pieces". 

To which l suspect will be equally measured with just the right dose of creative juices and wit.

20/01/2013

Bringing children's drawings to life

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l discovered Crayon Creatures last week, and they certainly brightened up a wintry weekend. Created by Spanish designer Bernat Cuni, Crayon Creatures turns a child's imagination into a tangible sculpture of endearing beauty.

Digitally rendered by computer modeling, and in combination with 3D print technology, a drawing is beautifully brought to life. Each figurine is made of sandstone, measuring 100mm.

From a product design point of view, l find the visual concept of taking an imaginative 2D scribble, and generating it into a 3D object rather playful and celebratory of a child's mind.

Drawings jumping off the page - roaming free? What an amusing and lovely thought!

17/08/2012

Midnight magic

The-Rekindled-PageUpon recently discovering these exceptional lightboxes, l was immediately struck by their fairytale charm - radiating a glow that is original in concept and structure. Created by Deidra, owner of The Rekindled Page, these night lights celebrate all that is beautiful, within the repurposed, upcycled ethos, which is the creative basis of this inspiring platform of work.

Merging imagery and text from vintage dictionary prints, in-conjuction with exploration of re-purposing, the traditional lightbox has been perfectly transformed into a visually vibrant night light object with a twist, allowing the imagination to take flight, upon the silent arrival of the midnight hour...

Magical starry nights surely await...

27/04/2012

Surrounding sound of jelly

 

A concept so thrilling, that l was most delighted when innovative french designer Raphaël Pluvinage kindly accepted my invitation to showcase a piece of his extraordinary work on Looking Glass.

Noisy jelly is a project which l believe, takes the conventional jelly form to an innovative height of exploration, science + design = a visionary playground for all the senses. Each step: filling different shaped moulds with a mix of jelly powder and water, adding colour, allowing to set, carefully placing the jellies onto the soundboard, tapping each jelly to create a unique sound - allows playful interaction in abundance! Who would have thought that chemistry could be so fun.

With much fervor, l welcome you to Raphaël Pluvinage's inventive world of ideas and boundless possibilites!