Monday, October 28, 2013



                                      The Cloud console, Domino stool and Saddle magazine rack

Paul Blease founded Noble and Wood because of a love of well made products.  Inspired by great explorers Noble and Wood endeavours to manufacture timeless and elegant furniture and accessories.  Their philosophy of crafted modernism is achieved through combining combining rich materials and exploring modern manufacturing processes alongside traditional techniques.  Their 2013 collection showcases Black American walnut, Italian leather,  Carrera marble and Woolen felt.  Honest design + refined materials = magic as far as we are concerned, we love the cloud console that just floats off the wall.


The product designer Sep Verboom travelled from Berlin to the Phillipines to initiate a community based design process that used upcycled waste materials from Cebu City where waste is a huge problem.  FANTASIZED lampshades are made out of recycled electric fan guards, waste strips of plastic and crafted mahogany stands.  The waste is bought from local scrap merchants and the plastic from a woven plastic chair company.  Formally destined for the landfill, these materials are now crafted by locals into the hanging and standing lampshades pictured below.
This project simultaneously supports the local developing economy and helps to eliminate some of the vast mountains of local waste whilst creating awareness about sustainability and for this was placed second at the OVAM Ecodesign Awards for sustainable innovation.


The Galvin brothers make contemporary handcrafted furniture from their workshops in East Yorkshire. 

                                      The Imperfect stool

The business was formed as a partnership between Matthew Galvin (designer) and Andrew Galvin (joiner) in March 2012 building on their Father’s 61 years of joinery and cabinet making experience.

Their designs celebrate the uniquely wonderful properties of English Oak and other solid woods, placing traditional joinery techniques at the centre of contemporary forms — functional objects with a twist.
                                       Pippy Oak bench

They also make nifty notebooks.


JiB design studio has a design approach deeply rooted in the discourse of architecture, form and function.  Je-Uk Kim studied Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Since graduating he has worked at architectural practices in New York, Copenhagen and London on projects of varying scales, subsequently founding JiB design studio in 2012.  From their studio in London JiB work on a broad range of projects ranging from architecture to furniture and homewares.  Their focus on form and function is perfectly exemplified by the Console O and Credenza O which combine beautifully crafted furniture with inbuilt ceramic pots that serve as storage, decoration or plant pots. Yum!

                                            The Console O

                                           The Credenza O

                                                                     The Lovebird Sofa

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