by Creative Director/Founder of Rock Galpin Design Studio
To continue with our series in asking influential architects and designers to select their favourite finds at the major design shows; once again this year we asked Rock Galpin- Creative Director/Founder of Rock Galpin Design Studio to share his best finds.
Rock founded Rock Galpin Design Studio in 2005 after establishing Studio Orange in 1995. His award winning design studio, specialises in product/furniture design, whilst also undertaking brand and interior design projects.
Known for his close working relationships with clients, his energy, creativity, passion, drive and love for good design has led to achieving rewarding and highly creative work.
Clients have commented: ‘strong and inventive work’ Federico Busnelli (B&B Italia); ‘designs of real integrity of form’ Karim Rashid (Industrial Designer & interior architect); ‘it was a pleasure working with Rock and the product is great’ Jo Willer (Creative Director for Designers Guild); ‘he did great work for us…’ Andrew Waugh (Waugh Thistleton Architects), ‘.. designer who strives to break the mould’, Dominic Lutyens (Journalist).
Rock Galpin’s future projects consist of designing an exciting extensive collection of seating products, based around presentations with acoustic control for Connection Seating’s own brand collection. The new collection will be launched this coming year at London Design Festival during September.
Other new products include a long awaited new chair collection for a well known manufacturer brand exploring inside/outside space, a new extensive soft seating collection with embedded technology focused around seamless meeting types and brand identities from football clubs to Law firms.
Here are Rock’s best finds and what he had to say about Milan 2017:
‘This year Milan Design week, Salone Del Mobile and Fuori Salone showed a strong set of emerging new changes in design trends and directions’
‘The styles of recent years have expressed a raw, stripped back, hard, geometric but light industrial aesthetic and celebration of structure, assembly as well as a hark back to natural materials, softness and human imprint in craft processes replaced by a more sophisticated, ‘soft’, more feminine approach to design. Quality of experience is further being driven towards a sense of holistic indulgence and wellbeing, from the emotive values associated with play, colour, texture and pattern, while the celebration of process of production is replaced with more complex dreamlike narratives and emotive human focus’.
‘Styles have become progressively softer, with more rounded aesthetics, softer geometric patterns, softer fabrics and a new level of subtlety, decoration and less geometry in fabric and textile choice and particularly colour choice, reflecting the softest most feminine trends seen for some time. These new softer trends are quite often offset against the remains of a subtler continuation of the industrially derived stripped back style, where hard defined steel is replaced with more natural materials, more wood and warmer metallics and a defined colour palette. Whilst the workplace continues to soften and become more closely linked to domestic typologies and associated levels of comfort and convenience with invisible technologies so the domestic landscape takes one step further to reach new levels of connection with the softer side of us’.
Rock also continues to teach ongoing at Central Saint Martins BA Product Design and MA Industrial Design courses and runs his own short courses in product design through the University.
Thank you Rock Galpin for your selection.
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