Design Top Five #13: Studio Parris Wakefield
From a purposely imperfect table to a perfectly formed aquatic centre, there’s an architectural feel running through the choices of Sarah Parris and Howard Wakefield. They love Lego, too.
1. Stitched illustrations by Peter Crawley
We simply love these stitched illustrations – beautiful, minimal, geometric and architectural. Peter Crawley is rapidly making a name for himself. Three of his pieces are already on sale In Liberty. All Peter Crawley’s stitched illustrations are created by piercing 420gsm watercolour paper with a pin and then stitching the paper with cotton thread (detail, pictured).
We simply love Peter Crawley’s stitched illustrations – beautiful, minimal, geometric and architectural.
2. London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid
Jaw-dropping architecture that consistently pushes the boundaries. Hadid seems to be able to build what others can only dream of. One of her current projects, the London Aquatics Centre, is inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion, creating spaces and a surrounding environment in sympathy with the river landscape of the Olympic Park. Not only does this look amazing, it is designed to be used in ‘legacy’ mode after the 2012 Games.
3. Divis table by Mike & Maaike
San Francisco based Mike & Maaike is a progressive industrial design studio led by Mike Simonian and Maaike Evers. We love their Divis table which recently featured in Wallpaper magazine: ‘Strength, pliability and the natural character of wood are expressed through a structural narrative of planned imperfections.’ The photo comes from councildesign.com who manufacture and sell the table.
4. Dispatchwork project by Jan Vormann
Designers love Lego and we are no exception. We always like seeing new projects using Lego – some are better than others admittedly, however we instantly fell for Jan Vormann’s Dispatchwork. His Lego bricks ‘restore’ buildings all over the world by filling the gaps in walls. If you are inspired to do some Lego restoration yourself, you can join Dispatchers Worldwide.
5. Love Blossoms by Daniel Brown
A former colleague at SHOWstudio, Daniel Brown is a designer, programmer and artist, specialising in creative digital technology, interactive design and applied arts. We admire his ability to program nature into his designs, a good example of this being his recent work with Mulberry, Love Blossoms. The son of Paul Brown, who began working in digital arts in 1968, he and his father have a collective experience of over 50 years.
Studio Parris Wakefield is creative director Howard Wakefield and project manager Sarah Parris. Based in a converted barn in Suffolk since 2006, the graphic design studio specialises in brand identity, from logos to website to print.
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