BEST BRITISH PRODUCT

August 14, 2014 / British Design Awards

From lighting to furniture, the pieces in this hotly contested category are all modern classics

  •  THE WINNER: ‘SADDLE’ MAGAZINE RACK BY NOBLE & WOOD – Created by London-based trio Blease, Pourcher and Pelegrin, this piece is elegant enough to renew anyone’s love of the printed word. Italian leather pouches straddle a marble or walnut base. £750; £995 in marble (nobleandwood.com). Scroll through the gallery to see the rest of this year’s nominees

    THE WINNER: ‘SADDLE’ MAGAZINE RACK BY NOBLE & WOOD – Created by London-based trio Blease, Pourcher and Pelegrin, this piece is elegant enough to renew anyone’s love of the printed word. Italian leather pouches straddle a marble or walnut base. £750; £995 in marble (nobleandwood.com). Scroll through the gallery to see the rest of this year’s nominees

  •  ‘PLANE’ LIGHTS BY TOM DIXON – How to elevate a glass globe light from plain to spectacular? Enclose it  in a brass-plated ring or triangle and hang in a cluster. Geometry is  a recurring theme in Dixon’s work, and here it’s applied to striking effect. £255 each (tomdixon.net).

    ‘PLANE’ LIGHTS BY TOM DIXON – How to elevate a glass globe light from plain to spectacular? Enclose it in a brass-plated ring or triangle and hang in a cluster. Geometry is a recurring theme in Dixon’s work, and here it’s applied to striking effect. £255 each (tomdixon.net).

  • ‘BODLEIAN LIBRARY’ CHAIR BY BARBER & OSGERBY and Isokon Plus – This three-legged oak chair, the winner of a competition to design for Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, is only the third seat to be made for the space since 1756. It prioritises scholarly comfort and stylish design.

    ‘BODLEIAN LIBRARY’ CHAIR BY BARBER & OSGERBY and Isokon Plus – This three-legged oak chair, the winner of a competition to design for Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, is only the third seat to be made for the space since 1756. It prioritises scholarly comfort and stylish design.

  •  ‘SHANTY’ CABINET BY DOSHI LEVIEN FOR BD BARCELONA – Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien took their cue from improvised corrugated iron homes around the world to design this patchwork-style lacquered MDF cabinet. Its colour-blocked façade conceals storage. £6,690 (bdbarcelona.com).

    ‘SHANTY’ CABINET BY DOSHI LEVIEN FOR BD BARCELONA – Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien took their cue from improvised corrugated iron homes around the world to design this patchwork-style lacquered MDF cabinet. Its colour-blocked façade conceals storage. £6,690 (bdbarcelona.com).

Best British Product 2014: ‘Saddle’ magazine rack by Noble & Wood

This design won votes for its simple functionality and fine materials: Italian leather pouches on a marble or walnut base. Paul Blease – who is one third of winning design trio Noble & Wood – reveals the story behind the product.

What inspired the design? We wanted to create an innovative home accessory with a simple aesthetic, combining Carrara marble and saddle leather to showcase their natural textures together. The high level of attention to detail was inspired by luxury leather goods: where possible, the material was hand-sewn or hand-finished. The handle on the marble is reminiscent of Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s ‘Arco’ lamp for Flos.

What was the biggest challenge? Our plan was for the base and pouches to have no fixings, so we spent time testing different materials. Thankfully, our leather was heavy enough to cope with uneven weight distribution and the design concept didn’t need to be compromised.

What does it feel like to win a British Design Award? We were honoured and excited just to be nominated, especially among such outstanding products.

What are you working on next? We’re collaborating with some exciting designers and will be launching new lighting products and some small homewares early next year.

£750; £995 in marble (nobleandwood.com)

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