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How did 326 come to be? 326 is the
‘playtime’ bran d of Studio Alexand er
(brand strategy and design business).
It came out of a desire to see some of
our spare creative ideas realised. It also
allows us to step outside our traditional
mediums, learn different skills and
have a dialogue with new people.
What can you tell us about the
Drum light? It was an idea jotted
down months before. I’d always found
the drum and stand aesthetically
pleasing, and this combined with a love
of industrial lighting. At first it was a
simple on-off switch but we decided
to push it further and make it sound-
activated so the user interacted more and the drum retained its original function.
The biggest technical challenge? The circu its – making it sen sitive to a tap,
but not to other noise in the room.
Anything design-w ise that you are most chuffed about? On the outside, it’s
simple, fu n ctio na l and u naltered; o n the i nside, it’s more complex.
What can we expect in 2011? Fu n w ith design – ex pect more well-design ed a nd
crafted objects. Visit 326.co .nz, studioalexander.co.nz.
Richard Uns worth (inset) is the head of new design collective 326
– he talks to Insite about the group and his new Drum light
Drum light, NZ$1400 (A$1084),
A light inspired by the sword-like leaves of the New Zealand flax
Made of 368 han dcrafted bo ne- chin a leaves, Jere my Cole’s White Flax is a tri umph in precisio n . This
piece, the biggest of fou r styles, is mo re than on e metre in dia meter an d lit by a single bulb. There are
two hanging sizes and two smaller, flush-mounted styles. Like much of Jeremy’s work, it’s all about the
relatio nship bet ween ceramics an d light, an d pushes the bo u ndaries. From A $10,199. Visit jeremycole.net.
Jeremy Cole’s speciality
is the interaction between
ceramics and light.
A dad-and -daughter design combo pulls together a collection of
some of their favourite things... for you
Aucklan d ’s n ew inn er-city design bo utique, Do uglas + B ec, is n amed after
the father-a nd-daughter team behind Wo rk ro om Design in ru ral Clevedo n.
Douglas + Bec will house Workroom pieces along with pieces by a carefully
selected stable of independen t a nd internation al artists a nd designe rs.
“ We really wan ted to have a bo utique full of o ur favo urite things,” Rebecca
(Bec) Sn elling says. Visit douglasandbec.co.nz.
“We made it sound-activated, so the
user interacted more and the drum
retained its original function”
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