Punt Carafe

Designers: Lucy and Tobie Snowdowne (Two Create)

Two Create's Punt Carafe as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

A punt is the little hillock that you find indented in the bottom of wine bottles.

It’s a structural device, and strengthens the bottle a lot, but when I was younger I thought it was just a sneaky way to get less juice in my Ribena bottle. Cynical child!

Two Create's Punt Carafe as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The punts in this set are rewardingly full bodied. The smokey colour really emphasises the shapeliness too, darkening at the bulge where you are looking through three or four layers of the glass.

In researching this glassware I found out that the Snowdownes designed it for Habitat. I should have known! You can take the girl outta Habitat but, you can’t take Habitat out of the the cailín!

The shape of the glass slots perfectly on, to halo the carafe, when the pieces are put together as they are intended.

Two Create's Punt Carafe as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Image Credits: Two Create / Coin Quest / Joel’s Coins

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P.S. A punt is also the name of the Irish one pound coin that we used up until the Euro came in. All of the old Irish coinage was really beautiful, it documented our most beloved Irish wildlife.

The Stag was on the punt itself. What a beauty.

 

Irish Punt as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

 

Large Monthly Planner

Designed by: JStory

JStory's large monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I am loving Korea right now.

Japanese design has always been my favourite but boy does it take itself seriously. Korean design, for me, has the same attention to detail but with some added fun and playfulness.

Storey's large + medium monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.ukI know this monthly planner might not seem fun and joyful to some people but look at how ridiculously big the Big one ends up being when opened out!

JStory's big monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

JStory's big monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Fun right? Riiiiiight?!

And the Mini one looks comically small in comparison.

JStory's mini monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

In their own environments, Mini in a pocket / Big propped up against a wall, they are perfect for their space but they do make me laugh side by side.

JStory's large monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The stitching is a line!

The simplicity of the grid system, no numbers or months, makes this planner extra useful. You can skip a month / a week or whatever and not lose a whole spread, just pick up where you left off.

JStory's large monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Here is the size run-down;

A3 – Big Monthly Planner

A4 – Large Monthly Planner

A5 – Medium Monthly Planner

A6 – Small Monthly Planner

A7 – Mini Monthly Planner

If you want the measurements Google it. I must spend 1/3 of my time at a computer Googling how big an A4, A6 or A3 page is. WRITE IT OUT JULIA. If I make myself suffer to try and force myself to remember page dimensions I’m certainly going to extend the same curtesy to you.

You’re welcome!

Let me know if you ever learn them. I seem incapable.

JStory's medium monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

JStory's mini monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

If you’re living in the UK, like Moi, you can use JStory’s Amazon Shop as JStory’s own website’s international section is in dollars, I’m not even sure they’re US dollars. US peeps can use Mochi Things or Poketo.

P.S.    Oh my gawd. I was just making sure that that Jstory link above was correct and I noticed that they now do the planners in black on black and grey on grey. There aren’t enough images to re-do this whole article but you do need to see the restrained beauty…

JStory's large monthly planner as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Grey on grey everyday.

Image Credits: JStory / Mochi Things / Poketo

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Current Window

Designer: Marjan van Aubel

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I came across the current windows when I was exhibiting at LDF 2015 but I was too in awe of “Mise-en-abyme” by Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale to write about it straight away!

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

As the months have passed though I’ve thought about this product much more than Allegri and Fogale’s art piece.

A solar panelled window. It’s genius!

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Most modern western homes probably have at least two frosted windows in it’s two bathrooms. I even had one in my bedroom growing up. And my Mum made an embroidered modesty panel on the lower half of the window in the spare room, which they use as a dressing room (too many books in their bedroom!). That makes four in the family house I grew up in.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Now, my Mum is super creative so she also actually made the stained glass window in the bathroom. It’s got stars, indigo panels, and little bits of mirror.

Very pretty.

It would be extra cool if it could add to the house’s electricity supply.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Window pane solar panels capture about 10% efficiency of the sun. 10% sounds worse than it is; this window takes about 7hrs to save enough energy to recharge a modern phone.

Think of all the industry and hours of labour needed to get that energy to your home when the energy itself is produced off site!

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Interestingly, different colours harness different amounts of energy. I think the colours that van Aubel has created are really beautiful. Framed in white, the graphic, triangular structure of the window panels add to this gentle beauty.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The window-sill has USB ports flush with the product and a series of diagonal stripes show you how much energy the sill has stored within its battery.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

van Aubel founded the company Caventou with two others to focus on this emerging design and technology. Their tagline is “Integrating solar technology naturally into our daily lives.” Have a look at their beautiful video below, they explain it all better than me, I’m really just here to say “Look, Look!”.

The same principals have been applied to this table for home or office use. Elegant aye!?

Marjan van Aubel's Current Table as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I love the echo of the triangulation of the window panes in the frame of the table. Ah cohesion.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Table as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Image Credits: Marjan van Aubel / Caventou / Vimeo

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Cabinet

Designer: Marius Valaitis

Marius Valaitis as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

This cabinet is visually simple and feels honest. A lot of designers hide away the nuts / bolts / edges of a product and conversely a lot of designers make a big hullabaloo of their raw material and oldey-worldy fixtures.

Valaitis’ design is balanced nicely in the middle of these two ways of working.

Marius Valaitis as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk 1

For example the casters are just castors, fully functional.

Lithuanian furniture designer Valaitis isn’t trying to hide the fact that they’re just castors by having a skirt of wood around the base of the cabinet. He’s also not tooting his own horn with really big steam-punk casters to say ‘look guys – its INDUSTRIAL!’

They are just casters. Lovely.

Marius Valaitis as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk 1

The proportions of the piece of furniture are really to my taste. A little bit squat and snug, just right for a printer and some paper bits.

I hate my printer.

It does not deserve a nice cabinet like this.

If it jams a piece of paper it does not reprint the page it missed. Big deal right? But it does it a few times a day (I have had it serviced)! I have to figure out what page is missing, go back into my document, isolate the page in the ‘print’ pop up box and send it to the printer all over again. And sometimes it’ll do it twice in one document. *Rage Shudder*.

The printer that my family had twenty years ago always reprinted the missing page straight away before it carried on with the rest of the document. TWENTY YEARS AGO!

Sorry lovely cabinet. Sorry that my printer fury has hijacked your blog post.

Marius Valaitis as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk 1

I’d shove it in this beautifully finished drawer for ever and ever.

Image Credits: Marius Valaitis’ Tumblr

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Popcorn Bowl – Set of 3

Designer: Araya Jensen

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

These bowls have everything I’ve ever wanted:

A) Clean cut, pale wood,

B) Colour blocking,

and C) Circles… Concentric circles if you stack ’em!

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The base of these bowls aren’t just painted like I originally thought. They are rubber! So clever. No slip and very tactile.

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

To produce the bowl itself Jensen works with wood turners and FSC certified US Cherry, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. Once the bowls arrive at her home studio she gets dipping!

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The bowls get dipped into coloured rubber that Jensen has mixed herself. These popcorn bowls that I chose to feature aren’t all that colourful but lots of her work is.

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I really like the colourful work but the black and white Beech bowls at the start of this article spoke to me, whispering sweet nothings that I couldn’t ignore.

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

At the time of publication the Popcorn Bowl Set of Three is 10% off! My birthday is in July thank you very much ??.

Image Credits: Wilful Goods

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