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High & Dry is an easy-to-store dish rack. You can contain and release icky water with a quick flip of the flap, and the plastic rack — perfect for delicate dishware — folds flat in an instant.
Dan Black (left) and Martin Blum
Although the two designers couldn't make it to the show, we managed to get in touch for a quick interview on their inspirations and goals. Dan Black answered most of our questions.
Q. What is the biggest priority in your designs?
A. Function. We want to design products that people can enjoy using. If something isn’t functional, it is what we call a gimmick. It might have short-term appeal but will eventually end up sitting in a drawer, not being used. We can hardly claim to be environmental when we produce new designs, but we do want to make sure the designs we do produce are functional and have a good life span.
Q. What iconic designer would you love to work with?
A. Philippe Stark still manages to be at the cutting edge of design in a wide range of product areas.
Q. Where's your go-to place for inspiration?
A. Recently we have been going to the Victoria and Albert museum in London quite a bit. There is so much to see, and they currently have an exhibition of British Design from 1948 to 2012.
Q. What's a favorite piece of furniture that you own?
A. I have a set of four 1952 three-legged Arne Jacobson ant chairs. They are not in perfect condition, but I probably like them more because of this.
Blum: I hope lighting can be covered under furniture. I recently bought a Gras work lamp. It was designed by the engineer Bernard-Albin Gras in 1921 and is a testament to minimal functional design.
Q. What famous figure's home do you think your products belong in?
A. This is a great question. We did launch our Loo Read magazine rack and Loo Roll holder at ICFF. One lady bought one off the stand, and she said she had done interior design work for the Lou Reed and that she would give our Loo Read to him. I am not sure if she did know him, or if our Loo Read ever made it into his apartment ... but it would be pretty cool if it did.
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