Archives: AUGUST 2012

Michael Sodeau on designing ANYTHING

From a tape dispenser to an entire hotel concept, London-based designer Michael Sodeau is one the most prolific designers working today. He’s worked with Modus, Wedgwood and  Asplund as well as a wide range of hotels and restaurants. Sodeau’s desk objects for ANYTHING are represented by neo-utility in the USA and sold around the world, and he’s just begun +Stone, a new project for the Portuguese stone company Sienave.

If you only look at Michael Sodeau’s line of desk accessories for ANYTHING, you might not know that he also designs furniture, lighting, hotel interiors, exhibition spaces, web sites and brand identities.  But instead of feeling scattered or spread too thin, he enjoys the diversity, “working on an eraser one day and concept interiors for a holiday resort the next. It’s the materials and processes that interest me and then it’s just a matter of scale.” read more >

Patrick Morris Wants to Help You Grow Fresh Air

 

Patrick Morris grew up in the idyllic New Zealand countryside, but space—and fresh air—was at a premium when he moved to London to study ceramic design at Central St. Martin’s. “During that time, I was living on the 12th floor of a tower block. There wasn’t really room for a garden, or anywhere to grow… anything. And that actually became an inspiration,” he says. The distinct lack of floor space influenced his first project sketches, which depicted an entire office ceiling covered in plants. The Sky Planter became his graduate project, and not long after he established Boskke with his brother Jake, specifically to support the product.

 

 

The first question people usually ask Morris is a surprisingly esoteric, “Are plants happy hanging upside down?” “I think we imagine ourselves in that position, and how miserable that would be,” he says. “But for a plant, the leaves are looking for air and light, and the roots just want water and nutrients. So they’re good.” And as for the other, perhaps more obvious, how-the-hell-does-it-work query? “The simple way to describe that is there’s a reservoir at the top that holds the water, which the plant draws into the soil.”

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