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BLACK + BLUM

Contact : 2.07 OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH London - Royaume-Uni

Ph. +44(0)207 633 0022

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DESIGN STORY

10 lights
2 different clothes hangers
1 doorstop
1 blackboard clock
1 wine rack
1 key ring-bottle opener
1 desktop fan


2 DESIGNERS :

Daniel Black and Martin Blum = black+blum

Black met Blum at the University of Northumbria from where they both graduated with a first in Design for Industry. They set up black+blum in 1998 initially as a design consultancy but very soon decided to launch their own range of products.
Funds were tight so the ethos was simple: no tooling costs.
Maintaining this ethos a range of four innovative (and entertaining) lights was created and launched at 100% Design in 2000. The response was exceptional. Their future was mapped. black+blum = product designers
From the start their aim was to be minimal, environmentally conscious but above all to give products soul. This integrity and charm remains a trademark of all black+blum products.
The success of the initial range allowed for more sophisticated manufacturing methods to be used. This led to the development and production of the type of products associated with large design houses and manufacturers, such as the desk fan (2003) and soon-to-be-launched domestic bin. There are now 21 different products in the black+blum range.
Their design input does not stop with the product itself. The packaging has also become part of the black+blum trademark. It either has a function beyond packaging or it is ultra minimal. The packaging of their wine rack for example turns into a bottle storage after its primary use. Most of their packing is made from undyed recycled cardboard.


DESIGN AWARDS

FX International design award 2001 (Reading Light)
LIGHT decorative design award 2001 (Reading Light)
OXO Peugeot Design award 2002 (James the doorman)
Expo Hogar Regalo Award Barcelona 2002 (James the doorman)
Top Drawer Best product 2003 (kind of magic)
Homes & Gardens Classic Design Award 2003 (boo)
Homes & Gardens Classic Design Award 2004 (propello)
National Home Awards 2005 (Big and Little Bang)
Gift of the Year 2005 (Heavy Weight)


OUTLETS

Conran, London and Paris
SCP, London
Purves & Purves, London
Geoffrey Drayton, London
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
MXYPLYZYK, New York
Vincon, Barcelona, Madrid
PIlma, Barcelona
SEMPRE, Tokyo
Cairo, Germany
Manufactum, Germany
Samaritaine, Paris
Penelope 3, Milan


BACKGROUND

We are an Anglo-Swiss Partnership who joined forces in 1998 and based ourselves in London, the European heart of design. As a design consultancy we advise companies on any creative aspect. This accumulating insight into different markets catalysed the decision to develop our own range of products. It has since become a vehicle to fully explore and enjoy our creativity.


PHILOSOPHY

We want to show that ’designed’ products can be made affordable without compromising their quality. The aim is to create innovative products that will charm and entertain. Hopefully you will get as much enjoyment from a black+blum product, as we got from designing them.


doorstop James the doorman

bookend James the bookend

hook Mr & Mrs Hangup

lamp Reading Light

suspension lamp Big and Little Bang

lamp Climbing Light

suspension lamp Libellule

wine rack Flow

suspension lamp Seed

fan Propello

table light / floor light Kind of Magic

tape dispenser Heavy Weight

container Desk Gimp

candle holder Hot Head

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