Collection One by hundredstensunits

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London Design Festival 09: Young Coventry designers hundredstensunits have designed their first collection of furniture and products.

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The studio was established by Matt Bassett, David Horan and Tom Nelson following their graduation in June last year.

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A-Series Storage (above) is inspired by ISO paper sizes, with each unit made from material that is more processed than the one preceding it.

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Other designs include an LED lamp with steel frame (top image), a desk with a drawer that opens from either side (above) and a wall clock with an elongated second hand (below).

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Here's some text from the designers:

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hundredstenunits collection one

Each product was designed to be simple, useful and easy to manufacture; guided by a modernist aesthetic, but not overworked; un-designed, crafted. We are currently prototyping pieces locally in preparation for the London Design Festival in September 2009.

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The result of a continuing creative dialogue between Matt Bassett, David Horan and Tom Nelson; hundredstensunits was established in order to design and manufacture simple, beautiful and useful products utilising local resources and expertise.

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hundredstensunits is available for consultation, collaboration and commission on an ad hoc basis; services include: product design, NURB surface modelling, visualisation, concept art (from freehand sketches to technical illustration), design for print, logos and branding, web layouts and research.

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From top:

A4 Lamp

Steel, Plastics, Electronics
297 x 210 x 72 mm

A specifically developed compact LED array housed in a delicate steel shell.

Table

Anodised Aluminium Surface, Steel Leg-form
1400 x 700 x 700 mm

A large durable working surface precision engineered in steel and aluminium; understated linear simplicity.

A-Series Storage

Oak, Birch Plywood, Oriented Strand Board, Medium Density Fibreboard, Acrylic
1237 x 889 x 297 mm

Inspired by ISO paper sizing. Constructed from different grades of material, each more processed than the last; the units can be used individually or collectively.

Desk + Drawer

Hardwood, Plywood
1500 x 750 x 700 mm

Hand crafted and elegantly ambidextrous; the drawer is accessible from both sides.

Wall Clock

Aluminium Face, Steel Hands, German High Torque Movement
Ø 180 mm

An aesthetic dictated by the disproportionate second hand. The graphical information provided is minimal, yet essential.

Low Table

Veneered Plywood Surface, Steel Leg-form
840 x 590 x 300 mm

A substantial wooden platform disguised by a beveled edge, mounted on an elegant one-piece leg-form.

A-Series Tableware

Modest plastic vessels designed for mass production.

Alan Chair

Steel, Birch Plywood
900 x 730 x 625 mm

Simple, rigid and oversized; sit, perch, place.

  • Indi

    The great wheel turns! Though to be fair, Wallpaper* has been pushing this Scandinavian retro look for quite some time. Nice to see objects without ‘personality’ and whose concept is ‘no concept’: fit to purpose and calming in effect. Well done those boys!

  • http://netzfx.de oliver

    absolute great design – really pure

  • xtiaan

    that golden section /paper sizes shelf is mean!

  • münte

    50´s hurray :)

  • http://www.eduardobaroni.com Eduardo Baroni

    Very cool stuff. Specially liked the drawer and the shelf. Best wishes

  • bodkin

    it’ll be nice to see if they can actually manufacture the products with elements that thin, especially the table and the desk, looks like there might be a bit of give and things will get wobbly! better not put your coffee down

  • jake

    Classic, minimal and modern.
    I’d buy some.

  • Xit

    Impressive 3D images / ?

  • tom

    impressive renders. is it maxwell or fryrender?

  • http://whspr.me/Ps ZUY: thin top?

    bodkin with the same material Aril Levy did that table
    http://www.swedese.se/tables/beam/

  • Xit

    ^ Zuy why did you post that image ?

  • jakob

    damn hot! where can i get some of that stuff ;)… keep us informed!

  • toon

    i can see why you think of the golden selection xtiaan,
    that was the first thing that came to mind with me too.

    i think it is weird that they didn’t take all the sizes of
    the ISO paper sizes. for example the a4 lamp:
    297 x 210 x 72 mm

    why the 72 mm? why not take a size that comes back
    in the ISO paper size format? like 74mm?
    http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html

    i think that when one takes a concept you should take
    it to extremes and not stop at a certain point.

  • rita

    Toon; I think 74mm is a quater of 297mm? A piece of A4 paper folded into 4 lengthways.
    So I think the concept is all there.

  • http://pmcustom.com paul

    Beautiful work. Clocks are quite wonderful….. it all is. Nice job!

  • toon

    rita,

    if it were 74mm you where right!
    it is however 72mm in the lamp.

  • http://www.businessfurniture.co.za Sandra Office Furniture

    Most certainly different thats for sure. Not something that I would have every in a million years ever thought of designing or creating.

  • http://www.officefurniture.is.com/ grey

    There is some delicate work involved there, like how minimilist it looks though. Gave me some good ideas. Thanks