In his blog post below, Seymourpowell model maker Sam Costidell sets out some tips on how to improve your model designs.
In the four years I’ve been a model maker at Seymourpowell, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve honed my skills, developed new ones, and now have the confidence in my abilities to run projects independently. I’m proud of the mistakes I’ve made and what I’ve learned from them – but there are some things which seem obvious to me now, that I wish I’d known sooner. Read more
Another fashion innovation is the use of rubber as a material, according to i.materialise, a 3D printing service and community for designers & inventors that uses the world’s largest 3D printing facility. Rubber can be used for accessories, haute couture models, designs that need shock absorption, squeezable models, gadgets and functional designs.
Following-up on the Milan fair 2013, we’ve been delving deep into the world of design and interiors as we produced our own report, co-hosted a post-Milan party and developed an online discussion.
But what are other thought-leaders reporting on design and interiors?
Freshome, a design and architecture blog, recently reported on the Emma, an elegant armchair design envisioned by Färg & Blanche for Gärsnäs. Both the hand-sewn seams and the stockinged legs accentuate a “well-dressed” feeling, the blog says.
Decorology‘s Ashley White recently shared photos of inspiring makes of bathrooms, including a shot of her own new master bath which boasts dual sinks.
A Philadelphia based furniture and lighting brand, Lostine uses simple materials and is inspired by early American aesthetics. TheBeatThatMyHeartSkippedreported on the brand, calling them them “a contemporary take on wholesome Shaker design.”
We’ve been following a fascinating blog about exploring cities and their culture: Jetting Around.
Lead by Pola Henderson, the blog aims to inspire gratifying city travel. Pola is an enthusiast of exploration that incorporates off-the-beaten-track experiences and brings travellers closer to the local culture and communities.
In 2012, the blog was nominated for Best Specialist Travel Blog in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards.
From the left: stairway, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Rue Berthe, Paris
The forum explores the views of thinkers, innovators, decision-makers, and professionals about possible solutions to make the world better by design. This month’s discussion is in association with FX Magazine and the leading design and innovation firm Seymourpowell.
FX editor Theresa Dowling has launched the discussion on the question: What design trends stood out to you the most from your experience at Milan or from Seymourpowell’s report? Is the experience the people or the products? Does it work as an international club – and is this good or bad?
Last month, the design industry converged on Milan for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (AKA the Milan Furniture Fair) – without a doubt one of the most important events in the design calendar. This year, Seymourpowell got together with design magazine FX, and on 25 April, we hosted a special drinks reception back in London to celebrate our comprehensive Milan research. The event took place at Herman Miller’s London HQ – and with Herman Miller’s generous hospitality.
San Francisco has remained one of our favorite locations for research. Its a hub of cutting edge individuals as well as offering plenty of interesting things to discover and do. Seymourpowell design researcher Sonia Wang names a few finds from a recent research trip that made her the envy of many back in the studio!
San Francisco’s Heath Ceramics is one of the few remaining mid-century American Potteries that exist today.
We visited Heath and found a world of beautifully crafted objects including tableware, tiles, vases as well as textiles and other home related goodies. Founded by Edith Heath in 1948, the artisan manufacturer still has its production factory in Sausalito, California. A beloved local brand, Heath Ceramics focuses on “simple, good things for good people”, and we couldn’t agree more.
Heath Ceramics has also taken some extra measures to minimise its environmental impact. Examples include sourcing their clay locally to reduce its carbon footprint, firing the clay at lower temperatures, and recycling gray water for reuse. Read more
By Sarah Johnson, design researcher at Seymourpowell.
As we enter into the age of the information economy, ‘Big Data’ has become big news. No matter what problem we need to solve, ‘Big Data’ will have the answers. It will help us be healthier, greener, smarter, more efficient and most importantly happier. Yet no one really seems quite sure of what to do with it and why “it has the potential to change everything” (Jon Klienberg, Cornell).
Big data isn’t a panacea, it’s a tool we can use to help spot trends, create hypothesis or show us the error of our ways. Big data is not objective, we give numbers meaning through our interpretation. It is also important to remember that hidden biases present huge risks to the validity of data.
For decades businesses have poured resources into the creation of demographics; pre-categorised meaningless groups to guide their understanding of humans. These once solid, quantitative and factual resources are now vague as they can’t explain consumer’s behaviours. This is where the risk in relying purely on Big Data lies. Some brands and businesses will be led to believe it is no longer necessary to conduct qualitative user research to find out what people think or want. Read more
Seymourpowell was lucky enough to secure the talents of professional portrait photographer, Rosie Collins, to come and take a new set of corporate and staff photographs.
The whole team are thrilled with Rosie’s work, which has perfectly captured the rich and vibrant mix of staff working at Seymourpowell as well as the energy around the studio.
Rosie Collins is a professional portrait photographer, also working in editorial photography, photojournalism and videojournalism. Being well-establised in the industry and much in demand, Rosie has covered a vast array of projects around the world – from covering the aftermath of flooding with the UN in Pakistan to shooting for Marie Claire in Uganda!