Design Exquis is a series of exhibition inspired by the collective method of creation, developed by the Surrealists, known as Exquisite Corpse (Cadavre Exquis). Invited by Design Exquis to be part of the series for Clerkenwell Design Week 2013, we were excited to see what we would be given for the starting inspiration. Understand the project more in this video.
The rules are simple :
- An object is chosen for its design qualities.
- A designer is invited to react to it by producing a work.
- This work is, in turn, answered to by a second designer.
- The process is repeated.
- None of the designers but the first one know what the first object is.
- None of the designers know who the others are.
- The only information they receive is the last object created.
For each edition, there are four group of designers in total. Each designer is given a short deadline to create their response, using the exhibition and the language of design to start a dialogue with each other and the audience about design, the design process and the interconnection of ideas.
The resulting objects and explanations about the process by which they were conceived are unveiled during an exhibition.
What did we create?
Supplied with a stethoscope as a starting point we began to sketch and prototype...
Our response ?
' Taking the simplest and purest use of the stethoscope as inspiration, Breathe responds by making the audible visible; impacting its environment. The soothing yet repetitive, automated gentle glowing and dimming of the light is suggestive of breath slowing rising and falling. Its form, derived from the shape of lungs, creates an organic but structured flower-like cluster, reminiscent of alveoli. Wrapped in matt lycra, the material closely hugs the skeleton of the lamp alluding to skin. The finished article is a beautifully mesmerising light feature.'
(Image courtesy of Du Jour)
The Financial Times, How To Spend It team certainly know their way around the world of luxury and quality. So we were pleased to see that our Akita Desk Range has caught their eye and become a recommended gift, in their Gift Guide.
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Our Odd Couples’ Bench and Log Stool enjoy a makeover with Birmingham City University at Interiors UK
Plant & Moss teamed up with the BCU Trends think tank at Interiors UK this January which featured innovative designs from 60 students responding to the set themes of ‘flint’ and ‘clash’ identified by international trend experts Global Colour Research for Autumn/Winter 2013/2014.
As well as a collaboration with Plant & Moss, the annual scheme in its sixth year also saw the partnership with other interiors manufacturers Tektura and Brintons Carpets who contributed to the stunning wall and floor decor.
Drawing on the Neolithic period, the ‘flint’ trend went ‘back to basics’ comprising a multitude of textures and shapes fashioned by hand or rudimentary tools and an organic palette driven by natural pigments. Making an appearance in ‘flint’, our hand-turned Log Stools were artfully laced with reams of beautifully knotted string that gathered in at the centre point of the seat and delved in and out of the featured split. These undulating lines further helped to accentuate the cluster of age-rings that visible in the wood. An entirely different approach was taken when another Log Stool was used as the base for a pebble-like table or seating surface hewn from a single piece of smoothed wood. Both adaptations were wonderfully unique.
The ‘clash’ response to our Odd Couples’ Bench (featured image) was as equally inspired and ablaze with colour, vibrancy and attitude. Doubtless an appraisal of the decorative, this trend saw the fusion of High Victoriana with Art Deco design influences. Having coated our bench it a deep blue hue for the occasion, it was now to be found amongst a hectic array lamp shades in brilliant, contrasting colours and flamboyant, mismatched prints. The bench was dressed with an upholstered seat whose provocative pattern was replicated in the rug beneath crafted by Brintons Carpets. Topped with a selection of quirky, embellished cushions and offset by the sumptuous wallpaper backdrop behind, the Odd Couples’ Bench looked glorious.
The BCU Trends stand was a successful union of boundary-breaking design pieces and a beacon of student creative talent. Here’s to year seven!
We are delighted to launch new additions to our Bistro range; the Bistro Side Chair and Table at the London Design Festival this September.
Inspired by classical utilitarian furniture, the Bistro Chair offers comfort, support and an elegant, practicality. This attractive design features a slatted steam-bent back and seat with a smooth, fluid armrest. The chair is easily stacked and can be stored to provide additional seating when required. It is also suitable for alfresco dining, and available in a selection of colours and upholstered.
The Bistro Table is available as a 2, 4 or 6 seater and there are both stackable and a non stackable options. This range is currently expanding to include round tables, low stools and bar stools. Please do contact us if these are of interest to you.
Hand made in Great Britain by Sitting Firm for Plant & Moss the Bistro Range is available direct from email@example.com
We welcome you to this first edition of our printed journal. In this issue we launch the Bisley Suite with Heal's Discovers, visit Lancaster House in the Olympics and chat with Mark Hodge about his Companion Stool for Plant & Moss.
This edition also brings together our core product range as a beautiful centre-fold pull-out, and sees the launch of UrbaneStore.com where all of are designs are available to love, cherish and purchase.
We hope you enjoy this read.
Taking centre stage alongside pop megastar Rihanna and two of fashion’s most discerning elite, Henry Holland and Nicola Roberts, Plant & Moss were delighted when asked to contribute to the furnishing of Sky Living’s first 'Styled To Rock' series. Featuring a whole host of hand-crafted products from our core collection, the Odd Couples Bench, Bistro Chairs and Clamp Lamp, all enjoyed a presence under the limelight in front of thousands of style savvy viewers.
The series is all about uncovering talented new fashion designers who are invited to design garments for the music industry leaders. Twenty Twenty the programme’s producers were keen to have Plant & Moss, as an emerging brand, take part in the series promoting new designers. Click here for more.
Starting out as a bed-makers in 1810, and later embracing the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, Heal’s has a long history of collaborating with prominent designers. Mies van de Rohe, Marcel Breuer and Robin and Lucienne Day are just a few of the legends we’ve attracted in the past. Today, we continue to work with major names like Philippe Starck, Tom Dixon, Orla Kiely, John Reeves and Matthew Hilton often with designs that are exclusive to Heal’s.
You’d imagine with this kind of heritage, we might be tempted to rest on our laurels. Far from it. We’re as passionate today as we’ve always been about introducing new ranges, discovering stars of the future and pushing the boundaries of outstanding contemporary design.
We believe exceptional talent needs nurturing, which is why each year we showcase the work of the best up-and-coming furniture and homeware designers in our Heal’s Discovers collection.
Heal's July 2012
Plant & Moss first met the Heal's team in September 2011 at The Tramshed where we were exhibiting for the London Design Festival; subsequently Heals selected us to participate in the Heal's Discovers project. We presented designs for the project and proposed an upholstered range consisting of a loveseat and sofas.
Two things led us to design the Bisley Suite, firstly that we wanted to design something we had yet to design and secondly, with our strong desire to utilise and celebrate British-based manufacture, upholstery was a strong and viable option.
We created initial mood-boards for the project - these showed a clear desire to create a design that possessed a sense of Britishness to it, along with a heritage feeling. The boards included several images of products that have leather used beside woolen tweed fabrics - shooting jackets with leather patches on the elbows and shoulders, a tweed satchel with leather shoulder strap and an image of a couple, in country attire, sat upon a woolen plaid blanket.
These mood boards had a clear influence on the outcome, with its short leather arms and traditional woolen fabric seat and back. The Bisley Suite is made to the highest standards using quality materials - woolen fabrics are sourced from a traditional British mill which was founded in the 1830s, tactile leather envelops the arms and the range is wholly manufactured in Britain.
At Plant & Moss we like to maintain a playful element to our designs and this is something that can be seen through the proportions of the Bisley loveseat and sofa, the arms are shorter than might be expected and the seat deeper; this provides the user with a relaxed setting where they can comfortably sit, recline, snuggle and feel at home.
The eyes of the world will be on London during July and August 2012; watching the greatest athletes of a generation performing their amazing sporting feats.
During this special time Plant & Moss has been selected by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to showcase their work alongside other great British designers. From mid July through to September, Lancaster House will house the very best of British design and innovation. The intention is not to challenge the historical environs of Lancaster House, but rather to work with these as a frame within which to house modern interventions, touches of humour and excellence of service in order to create a unique environment that is designed specifically to showcase the best of British trade and industry.
As this time approaches we will be updating our involvement and including some pictures from inside this grand historical building and the event itself.
'Merging a clamp with a long-armed lamp, the two British designers James Plant and James Moss deliver version 2.0 of their architectural desk lamp. "The Original Clamp", aluminium shade, stainless steel arm and chrome clamp is available from around €272'
The Akita Desktop Range Plant & Moss is proud to announce the introduction of the Akita Desktop Range; designed by Tatsuya Akita and produced by Plant & Moss. Made in concrete, brass, copper and oak the range mixes luxury metals with raw materials. The juxtaposition of these materials creates a wonderful aesthetic, industrial and heavy, yet visually light and soft to the touch. The range includes a pen stand, a tape dispenser and a desk lamp. The desktop range utilises the craft process of metal spinning by hand, a fascinating process few are familiar with, although most of us own something that has been spun. Think clay pot moulding with metal! The aim of the designer (Tatsuya Akita) was to keep the designs simple, functional and practical the wooden ring that appears in all of the designs gives a feeling of cohesiveness. The designer Tatsuya Akita said this about his work: "The desk set range came from and investigation of materials and processes.
The intention was to exploit material characteristics: Concrete has weight, durability and a raw feel, the spun metal and turned wood relate to the function of the objects and result in a pure form. Material selection always plays a major role in what I do but the things that inspire me are too numerous to mention. Each project brings with it new things to explore and research." (Tatsuya Akita, March 2012) Plant & Moss first came across the work of Tatsuya Akita at New Designers 2011, where the designer was exhibiting his final year work of his BA, that he studied at Northumbria University. We saw his work and immediately fell in love with the contrasting desk set and his Earthen Lamps, so much so we decided to work with him to take his prototype designs and turn them into a reality.
We hope your new year has got off to a bright start!
January has been a busy start for us with a new product range coming out soon, two new additions to the Clamp Lamp series and involvement in several projects to hear about soon.
"Made from an everyday industrial clamp threaded through with a stainless steel rod and aluminium shade, Clamp Lamp, by newcomers Plant and Moss, can be affixed nearly anywhere. It was a highlight of the excellent Tramshed show in the east End."