Monthly Archives: August 2011

Switching OFF thanks to Hu2 Design’s Eco Reminders…

We have just had a call for help from one of our clients. Their problem must exist in offices, the world over – people just keep leaving the lights on and appliances plugged in/on standby.

The end result is that the actions of a few, have everyone feeling that they aren’t really being that supportive to the work place sustainability initiative and the power bill is soaring.


Wouldn't it be great if the light could unplug itself...


Now rather than resort to a passive aggressive battle of post-it notes stuck everywhere, the brief was simple, “remind this fun loving office that there are ramifications to their actions, in a way that will bring a smile as they remember to turn the lights off”.

Our solution was to think outside the box, err light switch, and turn the offending items into statement pieces to give a clear message. Continue reading

Speed Light by Brett Coelho

Melbourne based artist Brett Coelho is one of those designers that inspires me to observe the world around me and to seek beauty where others would walk on by.

He is a master at working with found materials to create bold and contemporary pieces.

Take his latest lighting creation, the Speed Light – recycled street signs (legally sourced) have been cut and hand folded to create these amazing lights.


Speed Light by Brett Coelho (image from artist)

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DV01 Bicycle by David Qvick – where form and function meet…

When it comes to design I am really passionate about finding the balance between form and function. Often designers get caught up in the beauty of something and don’t think about the client and how they will use the product or space.

A beautiful example of getting the balance right is the DV01 concept bike by Swedish designer David Qvick.

David Qvick with his DV01 bicycle (photo by John Wennerberg)


At first glance it looks quite a simple straightforward design but it’s the closer inspection that will reveal all the beautiful details, like the wooden handlebars and storage rack that places this as something of real beauty.

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Step aside Bonnie & Clyde it time for Bonnie & Neil…

In a small Melbourne studio lurks the creative magic of Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie from, appropriately enough, Bonnie and Neil. The duo are perfectly matched with Bonnie’s love of vintage fabric and her background in textile design, blending with Neil’s exceptional skill of designing and making furniture.

The result is a clever twist on Australiana ( happily, minus any cringe factor).

Hand printed cushions (image: Bonnie and Neil)

All their products are handmade using reclaimed timber and hand printed using water based inks. I love the use of geometric patterns mixed with native Australian flora and fauna. Continue reading