The Big Question June 2017

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Which product designers have recently impressed you and why?

Anna Dejlova, morgan lovell
Form us with Love. They consistently come up with not only beautiful but effective clever pieces. Challenging proportions, shapes and ideas, they always come up with fresh designs. From the TID watch, to lighting like the Hood Lamp, to furniture and the +Halle Nest Collection, the designs are always meaningful. With products like the Hood and the Nest Collection, they are redefining how open spaces can work. In two words; beautifully brilliant.

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Claire Brown, Dp Designs
I heard about this amazing company prior to visiting Clerkenwell this year – and was not disappointed having stepped into their showroom. As we strive to promote health and wellbeing in the environments we create, Thors Design truly echo this through all elements of the manufacturing process. Quite simply, they upcycle rustic Azobe wood, sourced from decommissioned Danish wharves, transforming it into unique/bespoke pieces of furniture to complement any interior.

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Kristoff DuBose, Woodalls
When you think ‘big manufacturers’ you think solid warranty, long continuity, major operations; you don’t tend to think nimble, creative or flexible. That’s why, when we approached Senator for the desk design at Dods, I was somewhat hesitant. I wasn’t sure we were going to get what we wanted. They not only pulled off the crazy idea I had for the ‘cigar desks’, they actually pushed me further.

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Lucia Klimekova, 74
For me it would be Hakwood and their Double Vision installation at Clerkenwell Design Week. The simple but bold 4m high structure nested in narrow historical passages, its geometrical pattern mix based on triangles with different thickness of wooden tiles used to add an extra bit of texture. What really impressed me is that such a simple idea, by adding movable sections, served as a playground for architects and designers and engaged everybody who passed by.


John Evans,  John evans interior architecture + design
I’m really taken with an idea from Francisco Gomez Paz for Astep, called Candela. We are all used to LED lighting now becoming the norm with its ability to provide enough power to give brilliant colour rendition. With designers falling over themselves to invent different ways of using the chips, Francisco has taken LED lighting to a different level by not having electricity to power it, but using Bioethanol to power an LED in a beautiful looking lantern. The bioethanol lasts six hours and gives enough energy to also charge a mobile device.

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Hannah Nardini,
I have been really impressed with FROVI. Over the past few years FROVI appeared to improve their product offering by creating lines which not only looked good but competed with many other major brands and with great price points. The most recent product launches during Clerkenwell Design Week showed they were well researched and based upon upcoming trends, with great flexibility and completely customisable to best suit the client’s requirements.