Loppa - Paper Lamp Shade

I really like this paper lamp shade by Florian Hauswirth for furniture label Foundry.

Of course using paper for a shade is nothing new, however one has to admire the intricacy and attention to detail shown here. A detail I like is the radius to the ends of the ribs which softens the what is otherwise quite an industrial looking design.

Below is an image I must credit to the Foundry website, although blatantly staged (look at how the knife and pencil sit:-) it does help understand some of the hard work which had gone into the development of the product.

As much as I really like Loppa, the complexity of the design and the appearance of the end product, it retails for £117. As I worked out with my Living Objects, it is difficult to ask for what is quite a large sum of money for a product made from paper, albiet a small 33cm in diameter lampshade.


Make Your Own Beautiful Sounding Table. Step 1

So I've just spent a while designing and making a Beautiful Sounding Table, photographing the various stages of production along the way. Several processes were used, some widely used industrial techniques, some a little more hands on.

Please keep track of the stages coming up in my blog.

Stage 1

The initial stages of the project involved quite a lot of research into materials, production methods and costs during the development of the concept in my trusty sketchbook.

Later, I drafted up a design on using AutoCAD taking consideration material limitations and production processes in order to create a quality piece of furniture.



Reduce Workshop Time - Drill More Holes

I have recently been designing a small set of drawers along the lines of my Simple Drawers I produced a few years back, only better (I hope). I had been exploring ways I could reduce production time using simple forms and joints which are easy to prepair and enable efficient assembly when I came across this Peg Chair by Tom Dixon.

The production of the seat and back rest and their integration is a little more involved, but the production of the other components and the frame assembly will be quick and easy. Boring holes and inserting dowel is a very simple process, once you have the correct jigs in place I can imagine this makes for a very efficient method of production.


Extra Value MDF

I have been considering the use of some coloured MDF to produce some of my own work recentley, I found this collection of furniture when doing some research. South Korean designer Seung-Yong Song exhibited at 100% Design back in 2012. Unfortunately I managed to miss his 'Dami' collection of furniture at the show.

Note to self. Good photography is essential. I really like the composition of the pieces above, also the use of a prop to give a sense of scale and add a little life.

The description below is my interpretation of text taken from Seung-Yong Song website:

The Dami series consists of basket forms and lids, available for different and various usage depending on form and size. The structures have the same visual beauty of traditional Korean baskets, yet are also sturdy and durable. The collection is manufactured from a eco-friendly material called Valchromat where parts are CNC profiled before interlocking together.


Douglas Fir Side Tables

An innovative range of 3 side tables by Gavin Coyle. Simple in form, real value is added as a result of the innovative way in which the tables are made. Each is produced from a single plank of Douglas Fir, a timber know to have distinctive grain character due to being a fast growing specie. I have admiration for those who choose not to play it safe with their timber selection, it would have been oh so easy to have produced some nice American Black Walnut or White Oak side tables here.

My favourite, the Jac 1 Table shown below.

Below a close up of the grain, I can imagine it took a great amount of skill and hard work to achieve such a result.