• Archive for August, 2011

    The world according to We Have Furniture

    by  • August 30, 2011 • The World According to... • 1 Comment

    Sebastian Cox (right) and Liam Treanor are We Have Furniture, and they do, look! And, it is beautiful furniture, which is good for us types who love that sort of thing. Their work is quite different (Liam’s is the top two images, Sebastian’s afterwards), but they share a passion for wood, design, craftsmanship and pastry (that’s just Liam, actually). Our kind of guys. They’re showing at this year’s Tent London, but until then, let’s meet them…

    When did you know that you wanted to design? (SC) I suppose before I knew what design was. I wanted to be an inventor from a very young age, and made things from anything I could find. (LT) At cabinet making college I studied the great Marcel Breuer. His work made me realise there is so much more to a successful product than pretty joints and extravagant decoration.

    What are you most proud of in your work? (SC) I’m most proud of my ethos of design through making. When I develop a new product I rarely sit at a computer designing on CAD. I do use CAD for working our scale and proportions, but most of the details and working elements I develop in the workshop through trial and error. I believe that having this engagement with making produces stronger pieces. (LT) Embodying everything I have found influential in design; but in a unique and fresh style.

    What kind of material do you think has great possibilities? (SC) I think that coppiced hazel has so much potential. I’ve been working with it for a couple of years and I’d love to see it used more widely. (LT) I’m going to go for wood as a whole; I don’t really like moving away from it. It’s the texture it holds and patina it gains, other materials just can’t compare.

    Which product would you redesign if you could? (SC) I’d probably re-design the M25. It’s one of the UK’s biggest headaches. (LT) I would like to design a 21st century Cona coffee maker, I wonder if I could redesign it with similar success to what Abram Games achieved when it was his job to do so.

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    This is the second time today that we wished we lived in America

    by  • August 18, 2011 • Life.Style.etc Loves, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I really wanted to put these amazing, amazing A-Shade pendant lights on the November news pages of Livingetc, but alas, the whole shipping thing is a bit tricky. They’re made by New York studio Matter. Each copper-plated spun metal shade is suspended on leather rope, but my favourite thing about them is that the top one is HUGE. It has a 71cm diameter. If you live over the Pond, can you really imagine a better light to hang quite low over a round dining table? Exactly.

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