Creative Design

From A Beer Bottle To A Light Bulb Moment By Studio Swine

I love it when someone takes an everyday object whose form or purpose we now take for granted and manages to transforms it into something extraordinary.

Studio Swine (which incidentally stands for “Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers”) is co-founded by a Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and a British Artist Alexander Groves. They are those kind of innovators.

This Anglo-Japanese design studio has criss-crossed the planet, creating amazing designs which all appear to explore how our finite resources can be successfully used (or reused) in the context of modern design.

When most people look at a bottle of beer they see a happy time ahead of them…


Heineken beer bottle by Tristan Townley

Heineken beer bottle by Tristan Townley


Few would spare a thought for the bottle – it’s simply a container. But the visionaries at Studio Swine had a light bulb moment… Continue reading

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

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A lesson in minimalism by Danius…

The goal when creating a minimalistic design is to use as few elements as possible for maximum effect.

This isn’t about taking out your imaginary design chainsaw and hacking the bejesus out of everything in sight. It needs to be done with surgical precision to ensure the space will still look great and function well.

Lighting is one of those tricky components to get right for this paired back design style.


Because for the light to function you need the light source, the fitting to hold it in place and then the switch to turn it on. It doesn’t exactly scream minamilism…

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Tree Tent by Luminair

It appears everyone I know is going camping this Easter holiday.
I love the idea of heading off into the great outdoors in search of adventure.
It’s just the promise of nonstop rain that has slightly dampened my enthusiasm.


However, if it was on a trip into the forest to a Tree Tent by Luminair I could be swayed!
What a rare treat to wake up high in a thick green forest canopy…


Tree Tent in the forest (image by Luminair). camping. adventure

Tree Tent in the forest (image by Luminair)

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How do you bring Mother Nature to a small office space?

As humans we thrive when surrounded by mother nature. There is nothing new in me telling you that that.

Its all great in theory and then you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle feeling a bit like the mouse on the running wheel and not a Sky Planter or Woolly Pocket in sight…


Bad office layout and a lack of greenery has been proven time and again to have a direct correlation to:

  • high staff turnover
  • increased sick days
  • higher levels of stress
  • poor concentration
  • lower work efficiency

Not great for the business owner or the staff.


Nidolab (an Argentine architecture and interior design firm) have taken the challenge and with just 54 m2 have created this space:

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