21/05/2019No Comments

Calling All Business Owners – Podcast Collaborations

We are launching a podcast series focusing on creativity in business, whether you are a design agency or an accountant we want you to share your experiences with creativity. Plus we will provide biscuits for your trouble, what more could you want?

 

The style of the concept will be easy going, asking open ended questions without a specific service or solution in mind. The idea is we talk about your business creativity, thoughts, trends and anything else that might pop along. They will be 20-30 mins long, so we won't bore you to death.

 

The topics of conversation are listed below, but they are only a rough guide.

 

Potential Themes

Business cycles, habits and routine.

Value of creativity.

Return of investment on creativity.

Finding inner creativity.

Creativity within business.

Sourcing creativity.

Creativity conflicts.

Thinking outside of the box.

Marketing highlights and lows.

Stepping outside of comfort zones.

Impassivity.

Following the herd.

Measuring creativity.

Why?

Massive failures.

Followers and the tribe.

Forget digital!

Risky business.

Want to be involved?

Let us know if you are interested by contacting us however you please, email, telephone, social media or paper airplane note. However, we want to hear from you!

05/01/2016No Comments

Inspiration – Best small spaces of 2015

I've always had a thing for small spaces and buildings. For others large open spaces are brilliant, and I agree to a degree, but I think small scale architecture is really a work of art. I love the idea that no space is spared, and each area has been very cleverly designed and thought though in order to maximise the space.

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So when this feature on Dwell popped-up, I thought it was worth a mention....

Most Popular Homes of 2015: Small Spaces

The article features apartments, outbuildings and floating homes, however my favourite has to be the home inside a grain silo!

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The house features all the things you'd expect in a home, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living areas, but the really amazing part is just how brilliant it looks, and actually how spacious it appears to be!

house grain silo small spaces home kitchen livingroom livingFantastic custom walnut and black metal kitchen and stairs!

The 190 square foot space apparently all custom made, with the Eames Wire Chairs being the only non-custom items, very impressive! The contrast between the wood and black metal work is also very nice, and it's a real credit to the owner in their boldness and design to use these dark colours without making the space feel small and claustrophobic.

house grain silo small spaces home garden outside landscapeThe beautiful landscape garden.

Overall the building is incredible in almost every sense, and the attention to detail is fantastic! It really is a unique use of a very unusual building, and perhaps we as a society and culture should embrace these structures more. The individuality in this building is what makes it what it is, so don't try to copy it, instead be inspired!

So that's a little bit of inspiration for the start of 2016! To read more about the converted grain silo home, check out the Dwell article. I'll be sure to blog more about these incredible small buildings and architecture in 2016!

Dean

 

11/06/2015No Comments

May Design 2015 – Personal Highlight – Randonneur Chair

Last month I visited May Design by the London Docklands, and what a cracking exhibition it was. I had never been before, and although I had read the website and see the previews, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. True to its website, there was a mix of furniture, interiors, kitchen, bathroom, fabrics, and much more.

I found so much inspiration from all areas of the exhibition, and met many people, but one piece which really stood out for me was the Randonneur Chair.

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I stumbled across this fantastic retro cycle inspired rocking chair in the new designers area, surrounded by other great new pieces I must say. The chair is unlike any rocking chair I have seen, and perhaps with my recent interest in cycling (I ditched the car for a cycle over a year ago to commute), I was drawn to this chair like a magpie to something shiny! Saying that though, it isn't that shiny, it's much softer, and inviting. The mixture of fabrics, wood and metal (Reynolds 631 tubing, as used on cycles) compliment each other brilliantly, it really is a thing of beauty!

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The curved handle bars are the most obvious reference to the bicycle, as are the bottle holders, however once you examine the form you'll see more similarities with the bicycle. The front "leg" of the chair, and the two connecting bars are directly inspired from the cycles front frame and forks. Also the leather bag on the rear of the seat could easily be a retro style saddle bag.

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The attention to detail on this chair is amazing, and really has to been seen to fully appreciate the craftsmanship in creating a chair like this. Sadly I didn't get the chance to sit in the chair, but perhaps, as with many great chairs, you could sit in it, but it's far better to stand and simply view the chair as a work of art.

Please head over to www.twomakers.co.uk to know more about this chair, and the two guys behind it!

 

I'm off for a ride,

Dean

16/01/2014No Comments

Inspiration: Small spaces

I think I've always be inspired by small, clever design. I've never been the type of person who thinks bigger is better, I drive a small car, live in a small house, and of course live in the UK, where space is always at a premium.

I find small spaces very inspiring, and this inspiration literally comes in all shapes and sizes. Recently I have found myself being fascinated by incredibly clever and beautiful design that utilises very small spaces. I love the constraints of small spaces, and the challenges they give. Living in a small house perhaps give me a personal connection, and a need to learn and be excited by how others have developed small spaces.

Designing for large spaces where space plentiful is still a great challenge, but when a small space needs to be functional as well as look good, then it becomes very tricky, but very interesting. I love these small spaces and the thought and design that been put into them, from the hidden storage, to the flexible living spaces. Every inch is treasured, and none is wasted.

 

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www.hankboughtabus.com is something I stumbled across a few months ago, and was immediately in awe of. From the outside it looks like a classic America school bus, but when viewing the inside you can the incredible transformation of spaced achieved by Hank. The converted bus is used as a mobile home and a base for a road trip.

 

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Instead of Hank designing a huge building for his final year project, he instead set about creating a design that he could create, build and actually make use of.

One of the reasons I love this space, is the unexpected. From outside you would never expect to see what lies behind the windows. The external metal shell of the bus is still complete, but the inside is where the transformation to modern, warm and homely design happens.  The simple and straight forward design gives a very functional, rather than a design classic feel, however in using simple, but beautiful materials, the design has it's own unique beauty. I personally love the curved ceiling, the way the arch disappears behind the horizontal panel is fantastic, and I love that there are no visible fixings holding the ceiling in place. Perhaps for some, it will be a step too far towards the function over form, but for me it strikes a good balance, and perhaps you can see where a limited budget has left its mark, but in saying that, if Hank had been more elaborate and intricate, then I'm sure a lot of the buses charm would be lost.

The other part of the design I also love is how Hank has made the layout as flexible as possible. The beds, seats and other furniture are all easily manoeuvrable so the spaces can be re-jigged to suit individual needs, and can also be easily transformed for different functions too.

 

Another source of inspiration for me is "George Clark's Amazing Spaces" TV show.

Again, like Hank's bus, the spaces shown in this TV show are small, in some cases much smaller than the bus, but equally they are beautiful small spaces. The projects range from beach huts to modular pre-fab buildings, like the one shown below.

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Throughout the series, many different projects are explored, but the project which connects each TV show is George Clarke's caravan. The series documents the conversion of a tired and dated 1979 static holiday caravan into a desirable, modern holiday home for a family of 5!

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The caravan features some very clever design, such as the way the outside wall of the caravan folds down to create an external decked area, but perhaps the most inspiring use of space in my opinion comes from the way the the sleeping space has been designed. In a space barely large enough for a double bed, a total of 4 beds (1 double, 3 singles) have been squeezed and manipulated into the tiny space. To see how this is possible, you should check out Episode 6 on 4OD.

When working with CG projects, it's very easy to lose all sense of scale. The digital worlds in which I work can be infinitely large, which can literally means any thing is possible. Sometimes it's good to take a step back and give yourself some constraints, and by doing so it means you think more intelligently about the space or design, and you often find this makes projects more interesting and beautiful. This is especially true with interior visualisations, sometimes the easiest option is to create a room so large we can literally fit anything in we want, but this just doesn't happen in the real world, and views of the image or animation will notice this and won't connect with the images. Instead, using a realistic scaled room, beautifully designed and well planned, will engage and draw viewers in.

I could be talking nonsense, but that's my theory anyway!

Dean

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