Brass has suddenly become super trendy with design objects as well as fashion. It seems like every jewelry designer these days is now working with the material. I’ve even designed a couple of bags using brass detailing here and here.
I just came across this gorgeous hand crafted lamp. The Stanley brass pendant lamp by Original BTC is made in Birmingham, England using the very old technique of metal spinning. Each indentation is hammered, one at a time, by hand to create a gorgeous texture. The use of this very old traditional material suddenly looks totally contemporary with its minimalist shape and large size. I just love it and I think I need to start saving my copper for one of these beauties.
Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch product designer and brand. I came across this inspiring video the other day and then discovered that he is in today’s The New York Times Style magazine. Everything they produce is in-house, in a gorgeous studio-factory-store-gallery-restaurant in Eindhoven.
“We found that it’s important to tell people that we do it all by ourselves,” Eek says in the above video.
I’ve been following his work for several years and love his regular use of recycled materials and the sense of playfulness and soul that all of his work has. He has a way of creating things that are fresh and new, while still being made from old things. He manages the task of making things that are environmentally conscious and beautiful in such a matter-of-fact and un-preachy way. Eco designers of all fields can learn so much from him.
I’ve just returned from a fantastic week in London visiting Ed’s family and doing a bit of shopping (and a lot of browsing). I saw this woodblock poster at a couple different shops and I just love it. It was designed and printed by Anthony Burrill and is exactly in line with my personal ethos. (I also just ordered one for the studio!)