This year I have not one but two products shortlisted for a Wood Award - only four designs were shortlisted from over 70 submissions and it's the first time a designer has been shortlisted twice in the same category in the same year.
So I was asked to speak at Timber Expo in Coventry yesterday about my Hinge Shelves and Ravenscroft desk (both shortlisted). I also checked out the Wood Awards stand and was delighted to see the nice job they'd done on some presentation boards...
In 2010 we launched the Hinge Shelves with Heals in the UK and several European retails, like Deko Cliko in France. From my point of view the concept of a shelf that could bend in the middle, adapting a number of configurations was quite unique and novel.
So imagine my surprise when a UK high stree chain launched this shelf recently.
Although the shelves have visual differences to my Hinge design, they mimic the concept exactly. I saw them in store last week and they seem to be of inferior in production quality. I've been approached by this chain in the past with a view to collaborate, so it's pretty poor form for them to be leaning on my work so strongly for inspiration.
Our Eigen Coat Stand for John Lewis has been recognised with a Design Guild Mark from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Markers
The Design Guild Mark rewards excellence in the design of furniture in volume production and is awarded to designs that meet an exacting criteria. We are delighted to have been recognised again this year, adding to our 2011 DGM for the Farringdon Laptop Desk that we received last year.
Being involved with the Design Collective has lead to an invitation to speak to a group of design students at John Lewis in Southampton. It was a lovely day and I felt well looked after. We went through development of several projects I've completed for John Lewis and finished off with questions. Thanks to Louise and Matt for looking after me so well.
I had a fun morning at the media launch of the Design Collective at John Lewis' Oxford Street store. The Abbey Wood living collection and Farringdon desk were part of the presentation. My work has been featured along with 10 other designers - see more here.
The Ravenscroft desk is characterised by functionality, essentiality of form and purity of materials. I wanted the desk to look striking from any angle so it could sit in the middle of a room instead of pushed up against a wall, so I included a low shelf for power transformers and external hard drives, as well as subtle cable access slots, keeping the desk looking neat and tidy. The wide desktop finishes in angled nooks, creating handy filing compartments for paperwork, while the raised rear surface is ideal for auxiliary monitors. For contrast I have included Walnut partitions creating a sophisticated feel. Ravenscroft is produced in Estonia by furniture maker Woodman.
Announced this week, the Farringdon laptop desk has added a European Consumers Choice award to its list of honours.
The European Consumers Choice awards recognise European companies who have taken the challenge to produce innovative, intelligent designs and provide added value and ease of use of their products.
This collection meet with success since the very first time.
His clean form and pure functionality made this coffe table on the top of the ten most beautiful coffe tables on the market in this moment.
Last year we were selected to participate in the Heals Discovers project. They loved our Drum Table concept and now it has just launched at yesterdays press preview.
It will be available in the stores in August so we are delighted to present the very first imagines of our new creation.
“The design started out as an idea for a lampshade. I was playing around with the idea of making a lampshade using two wooden discs joined by strips of wood and thinking about how that would create interesting shadows in a room. But then I tried it out as a side table and a coffee and loved the way it worked. The objects may be different but it’s still essentially about the interplay of shadow and light”.
... the Farringdon Laptop Desk
The Farringdon Laptop Desk won the "Prix Les Découvertes" award for the Loft category at the Maison&Objet fair in Paris last week. Launching with manufacturer Woodman, the piece was selected by the jury for its sleek design and small footprint, and will be available in the UK and France in late 2010.
Conceived for apartments and small living spaces, the desk features a sliding work-top that can be extended, increasing the work area while minimising the footprint.
The desk sits on solid Oak legs with an open shelf for papers. The sliding worktop integrates cable management to accommodate laptops or flat screen monitors, external hard drives and phone chargers.
The Farringdon Laptop Desk is FSC certified and made from wood from sustainable sources and with be available towards the end of the year from £299 (€349).
The jury prize "Prix Les Découvertes" or “the discoveries” is a new award, created to recognise the most impressive new products of the show. Products are selected by a jury of experts of “home fashion” who sift through the different sectors of the whole show, covering every alley in order to find the best.