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

 

Estudos Geométrico 3

(Geometric Study 3)

Designer: Naima Almaida

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Remember fuzzy felt?!

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Alameda (business name: Lhama)’s artworks are made with felt pieces cut, embedded, overlapped and glued by hand in her studio in São Paulo, Brazil. The compositions are so thoughtfully considered.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The extreme layering in her geometric pieces makes them really luxurious.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Most of her work is tropical themed and has less of this repeated layering that you can see here but I think she has struck gold with Estudos Geométrico 3. I won’t lie though, it was her rich tropical pieces that caught my eye on Instagram.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I’m so used to the current Rob Ryan-esque style of cut out art that I wrongly presumed that Alameda’s work was fairly small, about the size of a piece of printer paper.

But this geometric study is about twice that size and all the better for it! Some pieces are much larger again.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

If you’re going to buy a statement piece I believe in going all out. Why else would I be (moderately) minimal elsewhere in the home? In order to go bonkers with art! The simple, white ‘box’ frame that comes with Estudos Geométrico 3 knows what I’m on about.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I am one of the 26,547 people who have signed up for the “30 Days of Wild” challenge that The Wildlife Trusts have set up this month in order to help us make room for nature in our lives. Researching into Lhama’s jungle pieces was something I did for myself as part of this challenge, from England to Brazil – and I hope you feel the wild in art wherever you are in the world too! ?

#30dayswild

Image Credits: LhamaLhama’s Instagram / Alameda’s Pinterestfatdormouse

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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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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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To Gather

Designed By: Bart Eyking

1 To Gather as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I found this furniture collection on Instagram the other week. I made an Instagram page for this blog at @theproductedit and Bart Eyking liked images from these three blog posts; The Shitaku Series, Crest Bottle Opener, and Geo Vacuum Flask. Enough to get my attention!

2 To Gather as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

These dusty pinks with the soft greys caught my eye in his Instagram feed but I encourage everyone to go for broke with bright colours on pieces with simple shapes.

3 To Gather as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

When I worked in Habitat we used to feel a funny sense of pride in people who would go for the fuchsia velvet sofa fabric, or white leather. You go you brave thing you! I want to come home with you and see your house.

4 To Gather as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Granted all the colours all together are not my thing but…

Pink and orange? YES PLEASE.

Orange and grey? Well they are my product design company’s colours so, ahem, I do indeed approve (Julia Jacob Designs).

Grey and yellow? So good, two of my mates are obsessed with grey and yellow.

Use your hand to cover up bits of the photo above and you’ll see how different these colour combinations will make your room feel.

5 To Gather as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I feel like its a little needless to say that these furniture pieces slot in together to form bigger items but I though I’d mention it just to preface this next image as I’m pretty excited about it. My favourite combinations!

8 To Gather as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

When my partner and I are reading, or more likely playing separately on our phones, having seats angled towards each other with a bridge, with a physical connection, would increase the sense of a shared experience. When sat across the room from someone I sometimes feel more connected to them than if we were sitting on the same sofa. You can see people properly when your not side by side!

Ps. I’m always on Instagram and he’s always on the Yu Gi Oh (or Dragon Ball Z?) game – we’re pretty cool.

7 To Gather as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Image Credits: Bart Eyking’s Instagram / Bart Eyking’s Pinterest / Studio Lawrence

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