Black+Blum is an Anglo-Swiss partnership between English designer Dan Black and Swiss industrial designer Martin Blum. Setting up their design consultancy in1998 the talented duo has gone on to develop their own range of unique homewares and accessories.

How would you describe your style?

Minimal, functional…but with a sense of humour and personality

Where would you say your influences or aspirations come from?

The world around us. We exhibit at international trade fairs every year and are always being exposed to the latest designs. But we try not to be fashion led in the sense that we hope our designs will appeal (partly through their functionality) for years to come.

1. James The Bookend 2. Flow Wine Rack 3. Loo read Loo-roll Holder and Magazine Rack

Whose work do you most admire and why?

Maybe it is a bit obvious, but we love the work of Jonathan Ives of Apple design. With every Apple product, you can see the love and attention to detail. Apple leads the way with design and everyone else follows. They always seem to be pushing the boundaries of manufacturing.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

We are very lucky that we get to choose which products we design. We design products for ourselves and this hopefully shows in the originality and freshness of the ideas. Although each design is unique, they all carry the same Black+Blum qualities.

Do you have a favourite Black + Blum design?

Dan – The Loop Candelabra. It is very minimal, but beautiful. It looks unique from different angles and is timeless in that it sits well in a contemporary or traditional environment.

Martin – The high&dry dish rack. It took two years of research and development. It feels like a very “grown up” product, full of industrial design challenges. I enjoy using it and love the way it’s back wall turns into a sculptural curve.

What are you working on at the moment?

New lunchbox concepts and also a shopping trolley. Hopefully these will be available later this year.

April 1st, 2010

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