Danny, a champion of the toy-design world

While Danny Duquemin-Sheil’s delicate homeware and toy designs are based on Britain’s industrial heritage, the designer also looks to its literary heritage for inspiration. According to the designer, a quote from Roald Dahl’s Danny Champion of the World is the inspiration behind his new toy set.

Spinning top toy set
Spinning top toy set

‘Before I could walk, the workshop had been my play-room’, the quote reads. ‘My toys were the greasy cogs and springs and pistons that lay around all over the place’.

The candles shown in a range of materials
The candles shown in a range of materials

Duquemin-Sheil’s precision crafted work is now on display at the Made North gallery in Sheffield, which primarily shows work by emerging designers from the north of England.

Walnut cracker
Walnut cracker in use

Manufactured using a lathe, Duquemin-Sheil’s designs are both practical, but beautiful. His simple candle set is able to hold two different candle sizes and can be stacked in endless combinations by the user. It can be made various different materials, though the first run will be made from cast concrete, metal and hardwoods.

Candle set
Candle set

Duquemin-Sheil’s designs are currently prototypes and use materials including from walnut, to cast concrete to bronze. Originally from Nottingham, the recently graduated product designer is currently on the Designers in Residence scheme at Northumbria University.

Walnut cracker
Walnut cracker

 DDQ Launchpad runs from 4 April – 4 May at Made North Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1

Candle set
Candle set

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