Life is Precious… (so is great design)

How would you define great design?

For me, it is when the design solves a functional problem as simply and elegantly as possible. If that is achieved, then I believe the result will be honest and timeless.

Consider the humble paperclip… the design for that bent piece of wire came about in the 1870’s. It’s simple performance-centric design is why it has survived and stood the test of time.

Now imagine you have to survive a particularly arduous period of time. You would want an ace up your sleeve. That ace in design is the “Life is Precious” survival kit.

 

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

Wallpaper Magazine asked New York based, contemporary design studio Fort Standard to create a piece for their Handmade exhibition at the Salone Del Mobile (the famous annual Milan Design Fair).

Fort Standard designers Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings took their love of the great outdoors and have reimagined the standard outdoor ‘survival’ kit. In their words “design a survival kit… which looked and felt as precious as its contents. An object you could easily bring with you on a day hike or even keep in your car or boat, but most importantly an object you would WANT to bring with you everywhere.”

 

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

 

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

 

The real genius of this piece has a lot to do with the creative use of the packaging – everything serves a purpose… Balancing effortlessly between the demands of form and function, the result is something brilliant.

 

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

 

The kit is contained in a waterproof brass canister engraved with motivational lines that encourage the owner to familiarise themselves with the contents of the package. The comprehensive kit is packed into a tool roll screen printed with instructions. When you open it up you will find:

  • a compass
  • swiss army knife
  • fire-starting kit
  • whistle
  • signal mirror
  • sewing kit
  • fishing kit

 

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

Life is Precious survival kit by Fort Standard for Wallpaper Magazine

 

As I look at it, I feel motivated to continue to create uncompromising performance-centric designs as part of every Sabi Style solution. It is my goal to embrace the uncomplicated, the comfortable, the long serviceable life all with minimal environmental impact.

Function can equal timeless beauty…

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