Fred Rigby, the founder of Fred Rigby Studio, is an interior and furniture designer that creates sculptural yet functional furniture collections inspired mainly by the beautiful, natural setting of the countryside of Dorset in the UK. The modular dining sets, sofas, and side tables produced by Rigby
I’ve noticed quite a few makers in the past year, especially those based in Europe, who have been able to apply their craft as a skill and mix it with modern design to make specific ranges that make it easy for customers to purchase. After owning OEN Shop for more than 10 years it’s been
When architect Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus his aim was to integrate painting and sculpture with design, and to make all serve architecture. So called ‘free art’ was recognised as a medium to explore new ideas, but the school’s emphasis on function never wavered and with the Bauhaus̵
The beautiful, minimalist work of UK-based silversmith Alex O’Conner. I was first drawn in by Alex’s ‘Kib and Skath’ capsule collection, a series of wearable sculptures that are part inspired by ancient forms. I thought this idea of incorporating craft in to our everyday live
For many the idea of working on one form on a consistent basis is seen as quite tedious and fairly boring. It’s been a psychological idea that I’ve been toying with for quite a while now. Reading a book many times over. Going over a simple idea each day for an extended period of time. [&
This interesting cross section between art and craft continues to fascinate me and is an area that I think is still lacking in exploration. It seems as though craftsmen value the traditional skills and approach the production phase much like an architect would, thinking heavily about form and struct
There have been countless comparisons made between humans, nature and our harmonious or conflicting relationship. It’s is no wonder then that designers through the years have also experimented with blending characteristics from both worlds in to their work. London-based Katharina Eisenkoeck is
Some design offers more than just a visual experience. Adi Toch believes that metal vessels and containers are a unique method of communication, engaging and able to stimulate our senses. Experimenting with rounded metal vessels, which are both functional and sculptural, she looks to offer this sens
Bird & Branch have realised that in a fast-paced world obsessed with mass production there is value in slow, traditional manufacturing techniques to create unique functional objects. The London-based designers craft a range of plates, bowls and vases from primarily British hardwoods with the mai
When we think about clay we tend to link this material to smooth forms that offer a sleek and seamless surface. Even the pottery wheel, one of the most used tools in this craft, is mainly used to construct forms that are cylindrical and offer little in the way of breaks in the overall structure [&he
Laura Slater is a talented designer who works from her print shop in West Yorkshire with the goal of designing objects for the every day that are informed by an interaction of colour and shape.
British artist Tracie Andrews was a breath of fresh air as she has a great eye for knowing what shapes work with what colours to create stunning arrangements on paper.