MIRA DIGITAL SHOWER CONTROLLER
Priestmangoode designed the new Mira controller for digital showers to be easy and instinctive to use. The controller, which has a circular design that emulates the motion of turning on a tap, can be pre-set to a desired temperature. Once the water has reached the correct temperature, it stops. This allows the user to know when the water is ready: no need for cold wet arms, no water wastage and reduced energy consumption. The controller can also record different pre-set temperatures for each member of the household.
TDC the Danish Telecommunications company were looking for a fresh design to their new home gateway product. Looking for a design that would convey the Danish minimalist style while appealing to a younger audience, Priestmangoode designed the new product with this considered solution. The home Gateway can be both wall mounted and placed on a table top while enabling functional cable management for both scenarios. This design allows the product to move away from the basement and cupboard and become a living room object where its design language fits comfortably into the household environment.
Originally conceived as Water Watch, the Water Pebble is a unique water-saving device and a world’s first. Paul Priestman was inspired by a sign in a hotel bathroom to, “Please use water sparingly” and he started developing the concept for Water Watch on his return home. Water Pebble is a little product designed to help you reduce your water usage for simple daily tasks such as brushing your teeth or having a shower. Place in your sink or shower and it indicates how much water goes down the plug hole.
SORENTO STREET LIGHT
Sorento provides contemporary post-top lantern and column solutions, which are equally at home in a historic or contemporary environment. The design, created by Priestmangoode and Speirs and Major Associates, grew out of proposals for Cambridge City Centre; this solution has since been further refined to suit a wider range of public spaces. Paul Priestman and Mark Major say, “We believe we have created a product that is timeless with a discreet character, beautiful attention to detail and utmost quality, which also meets the most onerous of technical performance criteria.”
SET TOP BOX
Indian mobile phone company, Airtel, wanted to make a bold entry into the digital TV service market and hired Priestmangoode to work with their branding partners, Wolff Olins, to create a holistic identity for the new service. We achieved this with a design which is incredibly simple in form, with just a single ‘block’ of high quality material to distinguish the control area from the rest of the casing and give a sense of preciousness. Once activated, the STB come alive with softly glowing red LED lighting, reinforcing Airtel’s brand colours and enabling the user to see the controls in the dark.
HOME HUB 1.5
With BT’s Home Hub, we succeeded in moving the public perception of router technology away from boring grey boxes to a lifestyle product that has become part of the furniture of the home. Fulfilling the brief, ‘to make Broadband tangible’, the Home Hub is very simple in design terms, taking into consideration its need to blend into a wide range of environments; beautifully detailed yet not too obtrusive. The Home Hub has become the star of BT’s Broadband advertising campaign, becoming an iconic device that customers remember. This is the first time that BT has used a product to lead its advertising.
The latest radiator design from Paul Priestman for Bisque has been created from the simplest of shapes. The apparent simplicity is beguiling, however, as Outline is a complex relationship of small radii at the end of long, straight parallel tubes which are oval in cross section. http://www.runtal.com/
Designed to quickly identify the London Design Festival, this durable leaflet holder provides a modular, high quality point of sale display that holds books, booklets, event guides and information pamphlets. The design has been refined and perfected so that there are no superfluous elements; it uses the minimum amount of material and is made from a single piece of laser cut sheet steel, which is then simply folded and powder coated.
Priestmangoode was asked to design a concept phone for 3 which looked at the move in the phone market from speech to media. A large part of 3′s traffic are film clips and tv shows and the concept allowed the viewer to share such experiences through a screen which could be seen by others on a flipover handset.
The stylish Xfm radio stands out from other DAB radios with its contemporary white lozenge shape. It is intended to appeal to an audience of design-conscious under 40s – a market not yet catered for in digital radio products. The compact handle in the back of the radio aids portability and there is also a slot to allow the radio to function as an MP3 player.
VIRTUAL KEYBOARD (VKB)
The design of VKB is very simple and understated – as its function is to provide the user with a projected keyboard, the amount of interaction you have with the actual product is limited. The elegant monolithic shape has a very subtle presence with incredible hidden technology; its soft edges and contours make it easy to slip into a pocket or bag ensuring that there’s always a keyboard at your fingertips.
In contrast to the retro-styling so often seen in DAB radio design, Priestmangoode created an innovative, contemporary design for i.Tech. The emphasis was placed upon providing an intuitive user interface with high quality detailing. The radio was designed for the kitchen or as a radio alarm clock in the bedroom so takes up minimum space on precious surfaces.
The Bluetooth Round Clip Headset is a small, wireless mobile phone connection creating a light and easy to use product for mobile users. The Bluetooth Headset Stereo radio performs the same function as the Clip Headet but it also incorporates an FM stereo radio. Working within a ten metre radius of a recieving mobile phone, the radio will cut out when the mobile rings and the headset will receive the incoming call. When the call is completed, the radio will function again.
CANPULL, BREAD & CLAM
Boa, a young British manufacturer, commissioned Priestmangoode to design a range of kitchenware products in the autrumn of 2001. The brief was to produce a range of well-designed and well-manufactured products which would be simple, instantly understandable in terms of function and offer good value for money. The products all share a common aesthetic of classic, subtle and understated style and an underlying principle of simplicity and efficiency.
Can Pull is a gadget for opening ring pull cans. The idea behind Can Pull is that you know what it’s for as soon as you see it – because it takes the shape of a can pull itself. Made from tough, dishwasher-safe polycarbonate, Can Pull is typical of the Boa philosophy; it looks great, works well and is affordable.
The Clam knife block exemplifies the thinking behind the range. We looked at the problem of cleaning knife blocks and came up with the solution of designing a block made from two pieces which could easily be opened. The Clam simply pops apart for easy cleaning and when joined together, creates a simple, strong, dynamic form, holding the knives in place.
Using the same principles as Hot Spring, the pure form of the circle has lent itself perfectly to the newest radiator design for Bisque. Made from elliptical stainless steel tube, the Hot Hoop employs the beauty and strength of its material to powerful effect. The continuous oval section tube is looped closely into four thick rings, offering a rich metallic finish and an efficient heat output. http://www.runtal.com/
Concord Marlin is a name synonymous with well designed interior and exterior lighting products for the commercial architectural lighting sector. The brief was to produce a simple, elegant and modern light fitting which had a unique design and could therefore be protected to combat the widespread copying in this sector. The solution to produce a protectable design involved the use of complex tooling; with its unique, powerful elliptical form the rim of the light fitting flares in and out and comes in a range of colours which glow when the light is illuminated.
Orange asked Priestmangoode to design and develop a new in-store interactive product from which to demonstrate the latest Orange wirefree products and services. Our approach was to design a product with a human, approachable aesthetic to encourage interaction. Each Totem has an eye-level touchscreen, headphones, and a call button. On the body of the Totem, there is a series of interchangeable flush panels which allow a range of different products and brochures to be displayed.
An ISAscope scanner is a quick, safe and non-invasive method of scanning skin to detect abnormalities. The brief called for a radical departure from conventional medicine equipment design. In response we gave the ISAscope a rounded and non-threatening appearance using materials robust enough to survive all manner of accidents, from collisions to spillages. ISAscope is a British Design Council Millennium Product.
Our brief was to revitalise the iconic 3D viewer for its 60th anniversary, by bringing it up to date to appeal to a new generation of kids. The ViewMaster was given a more rounded, contemporary form to appeal to children whilst also rekindling parents’ nostalgia for a childhood favourite. Designed and engineered by Priestmangoode in London and manufactured in China, the final design dramatically reduced the amount of plastic content and components from the original.
“The design and the manufacture of the Hot Spring are completely inter-related – the design is completely pared down, there is no superfluous design to it.” Paul Priestman
The Hot Spring radiator is manufactured by coiling a continual length of tube avoiding much of the cost associated with radiator manufacture. The whole of the Hot Spring radiator is made ridged by the return pipe which is attached at key points to the coil, this also neatly forms the fixing area for mounting to the wall. Hot Spring is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art and has won many international design awards.