The flow of liquid metal inspired Nottingham furniture and product designer Philip Watts in the creation of the Mercury bar stool. Cast in aluminium, the stool features a re-cast antique tractor seat, which has been given a mirror-finish polish. Watts, a member of New Designers in Business, has donated a Mercury bar stool to an auction at the New Designers in Business exhibition being held at London’s Royal Festival Hall from 9 to 17 November. Money raised through the auction will go to The Design Trust.
Having won an award for services to design education, we chat to the designer about why craft isn’t as important as we might think, and why recycling is a con.
Design Partners has unveiled a wearable heart monitor vest, which aims to provide a more comfortable experience and deliver more accurate data.
The opening of the exhibition coincides with the upcoming COP26 climate conference, and interrogates how design can tackle the critical problem of waste.
We speak to baton designer Laura Nyahuye about the work behind the project and how her Zimbabwean heritage influenced the design.