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ICFF May 2017

Yes, that’s right, we are once again taking a stand/ booth (no.1132) at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) from May 21-24. This time alongside new products from Northumbria University’s Designers in Residence the designers connected to Tools for Everyday Life … Continue reading

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ICFF in May

We are showing new work emerging from the Tools for Everyday Life project at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in May from the 14th- 17th. The support we receive being part of the British European Design Group (BEDG) contingent … Continue reading

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The Outdoors

The Tools for Everyday Life designers are busy with a new project. This time round we are looking at The Outdoors. If we are not careful much of our modern lives can pass by indoors. And whilst there are many … Continue reading

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Designers in Residence

The Designers in Residence at Northumbria University play a key role in the Tools For Everyday Life project. Current residents Josh South, Will Baugh and James Benham, whilst establishing their own professional design practices, have played a vital role in … Continue reading

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Design Junction

We are showing at The Design Junction. We are in the The College Building, Stand B2/7, 12-42 Southhampton Row, London. WC1B 4 AP

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Beermats

Tools for Everyday Life beermats are back. A popular give away at past shows we have a new batch of these drink coasters to pass on to visitors to our booth/ stand (#2314) at ICFF (16-19th May).  There’s an exclusive illustration by Neil Conley on … Continue reading

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Ownership

We are a community of design practice but tool ownership reveals much about human nature.  

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New for ICFF 2015

Here are some things in the making and thinking that should be ready for ICFF 2015. Chairs, vessels, drawing pins, stools, benches, rulers amongst other things… The ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair ) runs from May 16-19. We will be … Continue reading

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Designing for the Office

The designers involved in the Tools for Everyday Life project have been mulling over the design of offices and the products found in them. We have been working on new products that might just make some office work more pleasureable. … Continue reading

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The Bjørklund Cheese Slicer

The original cheese slicer invented by Thor Bjørklund in 1925. Bjørklund was a carpenter by profession. The design is based on the carpenter’s plane with a similar sharp blade being drawn draw across the cheese and was borne of the … Continue reading

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The Acme “Thunderer”

The Acme whistle company was established in Birmingham 140 years ago by Joseph Hudson and has developed and patented over 40 different whistle designs including the iconic Acme Thunderer. Hudson a farm worker from Derbyshire moved to the city of … Continue reading

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The Glencairn Whisky Glass

Since production began in 2001, The Glencairn Glass has become the standard whisky-drinking glass to be used at distilleries, competitions and better-informed bars around the world. On its box, you can read how the glass tapers to provide an ‘ease … Continue reading

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The Jerry Can

Simply put, a Jerry can is a container for fuel or water. Its design Originated in Germany in the 1930s as a need for efficient fuel distribution systems became urgent – the Germans had thousands of Jerry cans stockpiled by … Continue reading

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Newsprint

Whilst the Northern Tool has been ousted by toolsforeverydaylife.com, the 4 issues of the Newspaper that documented the Tools for Everyday life project can still be seen on the internet. You can view issue 4 here and number 3 here. … Continue reading

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A Slice of Pye

‘Originality’ — Paragraph 14, Chapter 16, Blue Book ‘[I]t has long been understood that striving for [originality] as an end in itself is the mark of an inferior artist. The personal style of a good artist is never something that … Continue reading

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Lumber Jack

  by Philip Luscombe

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The Tea Break

There is a danger in reporting on aspects of a shared project (or in this case a shared break in practical activity) that the tales told are only of interest to those there at the time. So running the risk … Continue reading

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Maker Goes to Market

The semi fictional short-story by Philip Luscombe (below) deals with the difficulties the Makers of things have ‘selling’ their work or indeed talking about it to those who don’t have experience of the specific materials and processes employed. Ian was … Continue reading

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Pre and Post Sketch

  During the development of the products for the ‘A tool for everyday life’, project there have been discussions amongst the designers about all manner of design issues, ranging from frustration with the brief through to skills, processes, timescales, costs, … Continue reading

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ICFF 2014

The Tools for Everyday Life project will be returning to New York for the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in May 2014. We will be revealing the latest additions to the project collection as well as the results of an … Continue reading

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Working with skilled partners

Working alongside people with craft skills honed by years of practice, be they machinists, upholsterers, platers or cabinet makers, requires of the designer a sensitivity to the particularities of how these trades work. For as much as the products that … Continue reading

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Trade mission to Qingdao and Beijing, China

Trade mission to Qingdao and Beijing, China

Following successful UKTI (UK Trade and Investment) supported BEDG (British European Design Group) participation at Events in the USA, the Designers in Residence were invited to take part in a trade mission to China this month. Following visits to manufacturers … Continue reading

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David Irwin at 100% Design

Former Designer in Residence and “Tools for Everyday Life” contributor David Irwin recently unveiled new products at 100% Design during London Design Festival. These products included the M-Lamp for Brooklyn based Juniper who are currently seeking investment via the crowd funding website Kickstarter.

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Interview with Joel Moskowitz (Gramercy Tools)

The Kings County Hammer is a great example of a product designed for use and is a joy to look at too. Machined from tool steel, the hammers are differentially hardened and then given decorative Victorian inspired file work and … Continue reading

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