Haze ‘Desk with Three legs’

Designed by: Wonmin Park

Wonmin Park as seen on the Product Edit

This whole series of furniture is dreamy! Haze is the right name for it. Wonmin Park have been adding to the Haze series on and off since 2013 and the more recent pieces, like this desk, are in a more toned down pallet of navys and ghostly greys.

Wonmin Park as seen on the Product Edit 1

Spacial balance is toyed with throughout Haze. Darker colours are used as a subtle counterbalance. You can see this particularly well in some of the earlier tables like ‘Long Low’ below.

Wonmin Park as seen on the Product Edit 6

If we imagine the overhang on the left to be red and the opposite leg to be white, you can really see how important the placement of colour is on a product. We would feel like the table was far less stable! It can make us feel really safe or dead uneasy, depending on how colour is arranged.

Wonmin Park as seen on the Product Edit 5

Wonmin Park as seen on the Product Edit 4

Image Credits: Carpenters Workshop Gallery via Wonmin Park

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‘Joy’ Vanity Table

Designed by: Nanna Ditzel

Joy by Nanna Ditzel as seen on The Product Edit

I have loved this vanity table since 2008 when I first came across it. I had chosen Nanna Ditzel as the subject of my terrible poster on ‘a designer you admire’ in first year of university. Nanna seemed like a really cool woman who worked hard and wasn’t afraid to take the credit she deserved for it. Incase you’re not familiar with her, she is a much celebrated Danish woman who graduated Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in furniture design in 1946. That gives you a sense of time and place for her, a time (but not necessarily a place) that a woman was not expected to excel in fields that required a measure of engineering.

Joy by Nanna Ditzel as seen on The Product Edit

I love the shapes in this piece, spheres, and by extension hemispheres, float my boat. I imagine its for all the same reasons they have floated peoples boats for thousands of years. The wholeness, both the infinity and finality of them, the freedom of movement a rectangle can never dream of!

I’m definitely going to be looking into the psychology of shapes this afternoon. It must affect logo design a lot… Oval logo – ethereal company. Rectangular logo – dependable company.

Joy by Nanna Ditzel as seen on The Product Edit

There is something about the table part that reminds me of chunky toddler toys, the kind where you have to put the cube through the square and the cylinder through the circle etc. and also Duplo, Lego’s baby brother. I must have had some sort of toy that swung, or slotted in and out, like the drawers of this vanity table. The connection totally works for me, I very much feel like I’m playing dress up when I put on make-up or adjust my hair.

Joy by Nanna Ditzel as seen on The Product Edit

As part of the Joy bedroom range this is one of the only items still in production, a Joy bench that I’m not so hot on, but looks super comfy, also prevails. Produced in maple now from the Danish company Getama.

And in the interest of of giving you a giggle, here is a screenshot of that poster I mentioned. I cut it out along that line.. Yes sir-ee I did.

Julia Jacob's 1st Yr at MMU poster on Nanna Ditzel

Image Credits: Nanna Ditzel / Getama / Author’s Own

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Crossed Double Seat

Designers: Fien Muller & Hannes Van Severen (Muller Van Severen)

Crossed Double Seat as seen on The Product Edit

Muller and Van Severen describe themselves as artists (photography and sculpture respectively) not designers. They aren’t particularly interested in ordinary furniture. All their pieces have a small social commentary or suggest different ways of using space.

Crossed Double Seat as seen on The Product Edit

For Muller making furniture is interesting to her when pieces are introduced to each other. The exquisite colour combos are also hers to brag about. Severen’s influence, I’m told, creates the “absurdity” which I *think* is referring to the off-beat angles seen in most of their other pieces (scroll on down for some photos of angled pieces). And as a sculptor I imagine the 3D nature of this on going furniture project suits him very well. They both bring important personal strengths to the project but they are keen to stress the benefit of working together in our kind of industry;

“Working as a duo obviates the individual ego all too prevalent in both the design and art world and allows each object to just exist.”

Hear, hear! I’ll shut up now and let you see the rest of their pieces.

Muller Van Severen as seen on The Product Edit

I like how they have left the welded steel frames ‘unfinished’ when coupled with thick natural leather and used a high gloss when coloured fabric is involved.

Muller Van Severen as seen on The Product Edit

Available to buy at Viaduct

Image Credits: Muller Van Severen , Viaduct 

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AA Desk

Designers: Spant Studio

(Troels Thorbjørnson and Kasper Baarup Holmboe)

AA Desk at WOUD Stand in IMM Cologne

This pretty little thing is designed for people who spend the majority of their desk time on their computer, tablet and phone.

AA Desk by Spant Studio 005

As you’ve probably guessed it is actually suited to analogue work too, as it is still, ye know… a table. But look how pretty it is!

AA Desk by Spant Studio 002

With integrated lighting and plug sockets the only thing that irks me is that the lighting chord isn’t recessed into a grove in the wood, same goes for the plug chord underneath the desk. Both chords run parallel to a beam, which would make this a cinch. There is a time and a place for artfully awry chords (glass lamps with thick, red chords balled-up inside spring to mind) and this desk is not it.

AA Desk by Spant Studio 003

Bugbears aside, where this desk sings is in the edges. Which, to me, means it’s a bloody good piece of ass furniture. Very slightly bevelled wood. Ooh-Eer. The soft tapering of the A-frame at the top, after the light fixture, is really good design and draws my eye up the A-frame and off the top of the piece.

Viewed front on, the ‘lean in’ of the frame adds to its stability and sense of purpose. A sneaky little storage shelf, out of view, ticks my box too. Give me all the storage.

AA Desk by Spant Studio 004

There is an LED all the way along that top beam to make sure there is even light over your work and it is angled properly too. I constantly get ribbed for having ‘all the lights in the world’ on in order to work properly (Sorry bill paying lover!). I was definitely told and re-told as a child that I’ll ruin my eyes reading in the semi-dark.

I don’t think I really believed them but the need for bright light has seeped in to my core and is going no-freaking-where. This desk enables me in my light addiction. I must have it.

AA Desk by Spant Studio 001

AA Desk is currently doing the trade show rounds* and will be available soon from Danish company WOUD who “work hard to deliver products where perfection and simplicity shines through in all aspects.” Oouf… Hire me.

*Northmodern, Copenhagen, IMM, Cologne, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholm, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milano

Image Credits: Igor Josifovic (image 2) / Spant Studio (all other images)

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