19 January 2015

Designing with Heart

Reinterpreting iconic products can contribute to more than just good design, as proven by designjunction’s collaborative charity project ‘A Child’s Dream’ at last year’s London Design Week.

The project brought together 19 of the UK’s leading designers from architecture, design, fashion and graphics to customise classic items from renowned British brands Anglepoise’s Type 75 Mini desk lamp and Ercol’s Stacking chair.

[Faye Toogood’s reimagining of Ercol’s chair]

Faye Toogood’s reimagining of Ercol’s chair

From Tom Dixon’s copper encased chair to Samuel Wilkinson’s pointillism-inspired lamp, the striking results were showcased and auctioned at 2014’s London Design Week, raising more than £10,000 for children’s charity Teddy’s Wish.

[Tom Dixon’s copper encased Ercol chair]

Tom Dixon’s copper encased Ercol chair

Designers and companies involved in the project included Tom Dixon, Wilkinson Eyre, Benjamin Hubert, PearsonLloyd, Paul Cocksedge, AB Rogers, Anthony Dickens, Top Shop, Tony Chambers, Sam Sodeau, Donna Wilson, Afroditi Krassa, Bethan Gray, Rachel Galbraith, Philippe Moulin and Emma Mawston.

Type75 Mini desk lamp by Benjamin Hubert

Type75 Mini desk lamp by Samuel Wilkinson

New takes on the Type75 Mini desk lamp by Benjamin Hubert (left) and Samuel Wilkinson (right).

Samuel Wilkinson’s new vision for the Stacking chair.

Samuel Wilkinson’s new vision for the Stacking chair.

Anglepoise and Ercol donated product for the collaborative charity project. Anglepoise’s classic Type75 Mini desk lamp was originally designed by leading industrial product designer Sir Kenneth Grange who was also responsible for the re-design of London’s black cabs, Parker Pens and Kodak cameras (among many others!). Ercol’s Stacking chairs were first designed in 1957 and remain an enduring and popular feature of their Originals collection.

Visit designjunction to find out more about ‘A Child’s Dream’ and Teddy’s Wish. Images via Wallpaper.

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