After establishing Pink Tank in 2008, Chelsea Klein has been striving to create everyday accessories through manufacturing techniques usually reserved for industrial products. The bookmark (pictured) was finely etched from a thin sheet of stainless steel and was made in Tacoma, Washington. It features the Pausing pattern which is just one of 30 designs available from the collection. It was created to serve as a simple reminder to take a pause and reflect on the world around you. Other products available from Pink Tank include mobiles and clocks.
Creating designs in a diverse range of materials including stainless steel, steel and aluminium, Natasha Webb of To Grace presented her work at 100% Design this year. Webb’s collections include outdoor features, interior/exterior screens, balustrades, architectural cladding, panels and decorative lighting. Current commissions include designs for housing developers, hotels, spas, interior designers, landscape architects and architects worldwide.
Sebastian Conran has design blood running through his veins. Son of Britain’s design entrepreneur Terence Conran, he is director of the product and graphic design studio at Conran & Partners. He founded Sebastian Conran Associates, a product and brand development consultancy, in 1986, after working as head of product design for Mothercare. In 1992, he started a separate partnership with Tom Dixon, only to merge the SCA studio with the Conran Group to form Conran & Partners in 1999. Conran has written many books, judged numerous competitions, won even more awards and is an active member of several design-related bodies. He is currently working on 33 design projects ranging from tableware and bathrooms to hotels and luxury yacht interiors.Linda Morey Smith
Linda Morey Smith is managing director of award-winning interior design practice MoreySmith, which she founded in 1993, specialising in workplace consultancy (see cover story, onoffice 03). Her clients include Sony BMG, EMI, Nokia and Arup. Morey Smith is celebrated in the industry for her use of colour and material that soften the workplace. Ever since her practice’s fit-out of the EMI HQ off High Street Kensington, Morey Smith has been leading the contemporary office fit-out movement from the front.Ben Kelly
Ben Kelly studied at London’s Royal College of Art and founded Ben Kelly Design in 1977. From the start his projects challenged common perceptions of space, such as the Howie store in Covent Garden and the famous Hacienda nightclub in Manchester. Other projects range from museums and exhibitions to offices and residential design. Kelly’s work has been consistently creative and described as being “a mix of the poetic and pragmatic”. His current projects include Gymbox in Cornhill, Stubbs Mill in Manchester and the Public, West Bromwich.!-
Ten principles of discerning design 1 Discerning design is innovative, imaginative and original2 Discerning design makes a product useful and usable3 Discerning design is aesthetic to see and touch4 Discerning design helps us to understand and use a product5 Discerning design is special and has personality6 Discerning design has integrity7 Discerning design is durable and lasting8 Discerning design is consequent to the last detail9 Discerning design is concerned with ethics and the environment10 Discerning design is as little design as possible. Back to purity, back to simplicity-->
Ilium, designed by Foster + Partners, is a flood distributing light for indoor use. The light’s body is made of ABS and polished steel, with an opal white pyrex glass inner diffuser and a transparent outer. Nemo’s products are at the leading edge of design not only for their aesthetic qualities but also for visual comfort and respect for the environment, with special attention given to fluorescent lights, which allow high light output with low energy consumption.
Nemo’s range of lighting include lamps suitable both for use in domestic and public spaces such as offices, showrooms, hotels, shops and meeting rooms.