Product Designs from Britain’s VW+BS

General / People / Products / December 9, 2013

Today’s guest post is by Rita Catinella Orrell, editor and publisher of the Architects Toy Box, a curated list of building products for architects and designers:

With offices in London, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, VW+BS is an international, multi-disciplinary design firm with a portfolio that includes furniture, lighting, product design, aircraft interiors, architecture, and interior design.

VW+BS presented an impressive group of product designs in a range of materials in their booth at the designjunction exhibition during last September’s London Design Festival.

Inspired by the shape of a honey dipper, the Dipper pendant light for the London-based lighting company Decode, is made from half a sheet of plywood. Three laser-cut spines hold together ten layers of bevel-edged plywood that create the shade, which creates both a soft diffused horizontal light as well as a down light. The collection is currently being expanded to include table and floor lamp versions.

The firm also presented their modern product collections in pewter and unglazed purple clay. VW+BS worked with Malaysian manufacturer Royal Selangor to create the Landscape Collection, a group of eight pewter-ware items, including a candleholder, bowls, trays, milk jug, tea caddy, sugar bowl, dishes, and a lamp.

The Silt tableware collection, made of unglazed purple clay, was developed by the Taiwanese company Lin’s Ceramic Studio using a twice-fired clay. It includes a large jug with a lid, small jug, bowl, and four cups. The tactile, unglazed material softens the taste of water in the same way as activated charcoal. Only 50 sets will be produced, each with a slightly different finish due to the firing of the clay.

For more information, go to http://www.architects-toybox.com/



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Michael Welton
I write about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications. I am the author of "Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand" (Routledge, 2015), and the former architecture critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.




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