Ceramics by Jill Shaddock

Ceramics by Jill Shaddock

It’s amazing to see such style and simplicity in makers situated on our own turf, unfortunately it’s not something that we come across here on a regular basis, but these works made by Manchester based Jill Shaddock are very eye pleasing indeed. I originally came across her works on the Snug website, a shop for contemporary craft in
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and the mixture of porcelain ware really blew me away. I’m not …

Short Film on Harrison McIntosh

Short Film on Harrison McIntosh

Film has been our main weapon of choice over the past few days so I’m going to continue on this note and introduce you all to another captivating character named Harrison McIntosh. Perhaps that’s a little ignorant of me, the fact is many of you may of come across this individuals work previously as Harrison is regarded as one most famous ceramic artists of the Pomona Valley in Southern California and is known internationally. Considered as a …

Short Film on Tobias Petri by Freunde von Freunden

Short Film on Tobias Petri by Freunde von Freunden

As times passed and the Freunde von Freunden collective has developed it’s been a big inspiration to take in all the multi-talented individuals that they’ve interviewed the world over. When the project first began they didn’t have the opportunity to branch out of Germany all too often, so when you see they are connecting with “friends of friends” out in the Americas and as far as Mexico and …

Irving Harper: “Paper is a versatile medium” by Herman Miller

Irving Harper: “Paper is a versatile medium” by Herman Miller

Wow, I came across this amazing video earlier today and I’ve been been itching to write a piece on it. Interestingly the subject is designer Irving Harper who’s someone that I was searching up about a few months back, specifically looking for imagery of his paper sculptures (what a coincidence). Herman Miller must have been on the same trail as me since they’ve produced this fantastic filmed …

Short Film on Woodturner Robin Wood

Short Film on Woodturner Robin Wood

It’s not everyday that we are lucky enough to come across a film documenting a maker perfecting their craft, but today I’m excited to highlight the work of woodturner and artisan Robin Wood who is based in Peak District, England. Robin is in fact quite a specialist individual, according to his word he is the only soul in England left turning wood in this traditional way. Unlike other woodturners he uses a manual system of pulleys and levers controlled …

Wooden Sculpture by Ben Butler

Wooden Sculpture by Ben Butler

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the patterns that naturally emerge here on the platform, we often go through periods of focusing on one material making it easy to get overstocked in that specific department. Recently we seem to have kept the balance just right, but not too long ago ceramics were taking over, and wire working before this, with wood being shunned a little bit until the last few weeks with lots of inspiring Japanese …

The Art of Steam Bending by David Trubridge

The Art of Steam Bending by David Trubridge

We turn our attention now to David Trubridge, one of New Zeland’s most iconic and innovative furniture designers in an engaging short film I enjoyed watching earlier this morning. Created as a means to document the process behind one of the designers creations we are taken inside the company workshop and offered a glimpse of the Sling model being built which is part of the limited edition signature range. As you might of …

Series of Sculptures by Antony Gormley

Series of Sculptures by Antony Gormley

I’d like to start my content for the week with the fantastic work of English sculptor Antony Gormley who has been working in the field now for almost 40 years. Browsing over his personal website you can just see the dedication he has for his craft, with such an expansive collection of sculptures I was really spoilt for choice. As you can see in the imagery I’ve brought across below Antony is quite consumed with the idea of recreating the human …

Le Corbusier in The Art of Architecture

Le Corbusier in The Art of Architecture

If in doubt it’s always wise to return to those tried, tested and accomplished I’ve always found, so with this in mind I’d like to turn everyones attention to one of the most marvellous modernist minds, yes you guessed it, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret or as he’s more affectionately known Le Corbusier. Flicking through one of the books we’ve got tucked away in our office archive I was really enjoying the selection of imagery found within, in fact I thou …

Bruno Munari, The Man and his ‘Useless Machines’

Bruno Munari, The Man and his ‘Useless Machines’

If you’re a designer of any sort you’ve probably come across or have even read a book titled ‘Design as Art’, written by Bruno Munari. I purchased this book many years ago now and his thoughts and words have stayed with me, in fact it’s still sitting on my shelf today and I often refer back to it for inspiration. If you don’t know about Bruno he’s one of the most inspirational design …