Loop

Designer: Lex Pott

Loop as seen on The Product Edit 1

Pott’s designs are always reduced down to the core of what is necessary for the object.

Loop as seen on The Product Edit 2

This is the kind of design that I most want to champion with the articles on this blog. It is very hard to get the balance right between an object being stripped of any adornment (e.g. greenhouse metal shelving units) and an object having just enough beautification in it to satisfy the human need for comfort. And actually, where you draw that line is different for everyone.

Loop as seen on The Product Edit 3

For me Pott, and Loop, strikes the right balance. Just enough embellishment to get me to relate to it. Colour and curves.

Loop as seen on The Product Edit 4

Where do you draw the line? Do you prefer more glitz on your candlestick!?

Image Credits: Lex Pott

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Buoy

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Designer: Martin Hlubucek

Buoy by Martin Hlubucek on The Product Edit

This series of Glass vessels were exhibited recently at Ambiente Frankfurt and brought to my attention by this Design Milk article about the event.

Buoy by Martin Hlubucek on The Product Edit

With their shapely forms I am really pleased that they are more substantial than most vases. The swollen size and beautiful shape of the vases work really well together. This Czech glass artist has used the method of blowing blown layered glass into a rotation mold. They are designed so that the base of the vase floats above the table surface slightly, most noticeable in the pic below, a lovely trick that lightens the load visually.

Buoy by Martin Hlubucek on The Product Edit

The bottle greens (below) and rich blues are really traditional glass colours and are in a completely different palette to the light greens and white glass used to blow some of the pieces. For my own design projects I generally use a couple of choice colours within the same tonal range, but here is an example of how using two extremes of palettes can be really interesting and change the feel of the object completely. The 70’s shapes have launched themselves back onto the high street this spring and by the looks of it it might be bringing the 60’s right along with it.

Buoy by Martin Hlubucek on The Product Edit

Image sources: Material Times / sig in / AD Decoration / Fiera Magazine

 

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