Truly good design depends on a variety of factors. Here at homify, we appreciate objects whose designers consider both functionality and aesthetics. They should be useful, consumer friendly and unique. Most of all, we appreciate pieces that spark the imagination, objects whose sight inspires countless associations, and makes you think about how you could use these things in your own home or life. Today, we look at a few wonderful examples of useful and creative designs from the UK. We hope you find them as inspirational as we do!
These pieces were created by design group naughtone, and are pictured here in use inside the Manchester Central Library. Called
pollen, their shape brings to mind the honeycomb that makes up a beehive, and, like bees, they can work together to serve many functions. The versatile hexagons, each of which can be used as either a table or a chair, can be combined and arranged in any way you can imagine. Here they are placed in a line to form a bench that is the perfect place to sit and browse through books. They would also work equally well individually, or even pushed together in a larger, group configuration to form a lounge-like piece of furniture. The colour palette, consisting of muted tones and greys, is fashionable and makes the pieces easy to match with the décor in any room.
Antiques by Design is an Essex-based firm with a unique specialty. Working with a combination of antiques and found items, they reclaim and upcycle to make lovely, one-of-a-kind creations. Here, we see a table that has been salvaged and lovingly restored; not exactly its former glory, but something else. It has become a new, contemporary piece that still retains hints of its former life. The designers are, in a sense, reworking history to create furniture that connects past and present.
London-based Utopia and Utility makes lovely handmade art objects for the home. As their name suggests, they aim to create items that are beautiful, useful and aspire to a meaningful aesthetics. These stacking vessels are each composed of three separate containers that can be placed on top of each other to form a sculptural piece. When stacked, the contrasting materials of the individual sections create a balance between the delicate and the sturdy, the transparent and the opaque. Their unique shapes play with notions of symmetry and stability, ensuring that these vessels will add a thought-provoking element to your décor.
Often we think of mirrors as merely functional objects, places to check that our hair is neat, and our buttons matched up as we run out of the door. But from the magic mirror in the story of Snow White, to the reflective surface that hypnotised Narcissus, these objects play an important role in our cultural imagination. Adonis Paul Home Jewels designs objects that put some of that magic back into mirrors. This one, called the Glamour Queen, was inspired by the appearance of rough, uncut diamonds. Perfect for adding luxury to any space!
The Wellington chair, by design firm Young & Norgate, makes use of simplicity and clean lines clean to exemplify a stylish, minimalist look. Its uncomplicated structure suggests an elegance that would work well in a living room, dinning room or, as we can see, even on the patio. The gentle curve of the back rest makes for a comfortable, ergonomic back. The chair is handmade and available in either oak or walnut.
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