As many of you will know aside from running this blog I work as a freelance product and furniture designer and next week I am really excited to take part in something that marries the two together quite nicely – I’m collaborating with Charles Dedman on his ‘make a thing a day’ project.
‘Make a thing a day’ is a platform created by George Winks (aka Temper Studio) back in January 2015 as a personal project. And in the last two years the torch has been passed from one designer maker to the next. The idea being simple; design and make something from start to finish in a single day, and then to repeat this Monday to Friday for a week, constantly sharing the making process through instagram. And then at the end of the week to give away what they’ve made to the people that have been following their journey.
This week I’m working with Charlie on two of his 5 projects; Charlie being a talented young designer maker base out in Hampshire, where he has a studio/workshop in Alton. We’ve been friends for a fair few years, we studied on the same product and furniture design course back at uni and often teamed up to work on projects together back in the day. Since graduating four years ago we’ve gone down slightly different career paths, mine being in more commercial design for large scale production for retailers. Charlie on the other hand has gone down the more craft based route; whilst we were tutored in the whole design process at uni, he wanted to study the craft of woodworking by hand in much more depth and so straight after uni he signed up to a cabinet making course. Since then, as well as being part of their ‘Hot House Team’, has gone on to be shortlisted for a Designers Guild Mark award with his Turner range which is now stocked in Liberty’s – he’s smashing it – check his work out here. For me, my day to day design work is predominately done through 3d modelling software, and so it wasn’t just the nostalgia of uni days long gone that had me jump at the chance to collaborate with him on his MATAD journey, but also the opportunity to get back in the workshop again, actually designing through making!
So keep an eye out over on Instagram to see what we get up to – we’ve already got a few things in mind – and to be in for the chance of winning what we make all you need to do is follow both Charlie and myself, and then tag a friend in the comments section – good luck!