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This design by Michael Bambino takes the tired dated principal of office Tambour units and re-invents it creating a new innovative workspace for the home. His design, the Tambour Table, has a sliding top which folds neatly down the back of the table to reveal handy desk storage. This also allows the desk to be placed against a wall and still use the under desk storage available. Within the construction of the desk there is integrated cable management to hide all those messy cables and a power source. This design oozes modern, fresh, contemporary design and uses an old tired design in a creative, useful and innovative way. Great Design!

Been a while since the last post and lots has changed. New job and new city but from now on more posts will be happening. So here we go…


Desinature, a new design brand established by designer Etienne Esmenjaud and a small creative team recently released their new product, Bud and Bloom. The product is created from 6 beech identical panels manufactured in the UK. This UK stamp ensures the product has increased sustainability and less environmental impact due to manufacturing time and transportation methods. I am very passionate about products being made in the UK as we have great talent and resources, which can be competitively priced when transport from China is considered. This design is modern, fresh and a very clever use of material and design. 



Check out this recycled wonder by Studio-aparte. What was once a pile of old nasty pallets has now been turned into a modern designer sofa. The pallet sofa, named ‘Woodstock’, can sit two people and has two smaller benches which sit discretely into the side. Very clever use of waste and an excellent example for recycling.



Today I went to John Lewis and had a wander around the furniture section and was very impressed. So impressed with one particular designer that I felt the need to tell all you guys / gals about her. Bethan Gray is a leading furniture and lighting designer who works for many leading manufacturers and retailers. The studio ethos is simple design with intriguing details to excite. They certainly deliver on this. Their love for high quality craftsmanship, solid honest materials, shapes and textures ensures all the final products have a unique flavour.

Slide, featured above, is a very cool shelving unit where functionality is not compromised. The interesting mix of white sliding doors and shelving allows you to hide those bits and bobs in your minimalist contemporary flat.

Noah is a family of pieces using high quality natural materials to create a luxurious range, with great durability and practicality. Not only does it look good but it has the ability to extend to suit any situation. The simple lines, clean joints and honest use of materials create a unique design. This restricted use of materials and finishes creates a unified modern design, suitable for any designer pad. The table set below made from solid oak, veneer and painted MDF tops with an A-frame base are a nice set of tables. The contrast between the different finishes and materials are simple but effective in uniting them with the rest of the Noah range.

I really admire Bethan Grays design philosophy. The idea of using honest materials, craftsmanship and simple solutions to create unique, new, fascinating and practical designs is something I believe gets lost in the techno society we live in today. Not only is her work visually great but functionality and everyday practicality is not reduced or restricted. Very glad I popped into John Lewis and great work Bethan!

Some more of Bethan’s work is below…

I recently found this designer whilst browsing the net and took an instant interest in his work. Steuart specialises in furniture, lighting and overall product design, collecting many awards throughout his career. During September 2009 the Steuart Padwick brand was created and flourished throughout its first year. Look at the products and you can see why.

All of the products designed by Steuart Padwick have innocent and honest qualities. They retain the natural handcrafted element whilst also creating a retro esk vibe. The contrasting materials used throughout the products ensures a contemporary, fresh and elegant image is maintained for the brand. These innocent, well designed and honest pieces show product design / furniture design off to its best. For more information about Steuart Padwick and his products / designs head over to

Long time no post. Sorry for the long gap readers. I have had a busy few weeks starting a new job in bristol designing office furniture. Recently I found this site,, and they sell some pretty cool things. Below are some images of my favourite designs.

This design by Bergman is one of my favourites. Very clean lines and simple use of material creates an almost Dieter Rams feel to the product. This would look great in any apartment.

Another piece from Made is the Stroller by Steuart Padwick. Super modern and high quality, this desk made from oak and walnut veneer will add a touch of class to any designer pad. The contrasting colours and honest use of materials creates a beautiful design.


These designs have really caught my eye and in the near future I will definitely be writing a full article about the designers. So keep checking back. Also if you wish to purchase these designs head over to for an absolute bargain!

MSc design research featured here. check it out and let me know what you think

West Elm has a new wooden perpetual calendar design. Although a nice clean design and environmentally sustainable I personally do not feel it addresses the problem or needs of current lifestyles. I know I would forget to change the blocks every day so it’s not personally for me! Nice design and concept though.

Via Design Milk