Daniel . Emma / BIG! // designer Q&A

One of my favourite design teams Daniel . Emma, Adelaide based but with an international reputation, have a new BIG! collection. Producing wonderfully geometric objects, I have previously featured their work for Wallpaper Handmade + Geurlain here.

Daniel . Emma are back with a whole new BIG! collection fresh from their first exhibition, big ideas and working on a bigger scale. I can't help but see a connection with all things sweet, with names like 'pick n mix', 'tic tac' and 'cherry on the bottom', Daniel & Emma tell me more about their work.

They are beautifully finished and well resolved design pieces in a diverse range of materials. The only question is, where can we get them in the UK?

‘Cherry on the Bottom’ pendant light from the new BIG! collection by Daniel To and Emma Aiston aka Daniel · Emma

- What inspired your current collection?

We created the collection as a challenge for ourselves as we wanted to see if we could upscale our ideas and make them BIG!
— Daniel . Emma
Pick ‘n Mix’ table for Tait from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

Pick ‘n Mix’ table for Tait from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

- i love the names of the pieces, 'Cherry on the bottom', 'Pick n mix' and 'tic tac', brought back memories of sweets for me, was that part of your thoughts during the design process?

The names came about after the collection was complete, we didn’t name them after sweets on purpose it was merely what the shapes reminded us of.
— Daniel . Emma
'Ball Ball Ball’ pendant light from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

'Ball Ball Ball’ pendant light from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

- These are the first large scale items that I have seen in your work, what challenges did it present?

We learnt early on that we aren’t particularly good makers so we enlisted the help of skilled crafts people to make the designs become a reality, this took much of the stress out of the process as we knew they would help us make the pieces work!
— Daniel . Emma
'Mish Mash’ chair/ armcair from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

'Mish Mash’ chair/ armcair from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

- What was it like designing furniture pieces, chair, table and bench - are you looking at more work on this scale?

It was never our intention to design solely desk accessories, so to be designing furniture feels like a natural progression.
— Daniel . Emma
‘Tic Tac’ large timber containers from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

‘Tic Tac’ large timber containers from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

And finally, the question that I was thinking when i saw your collection....where can we get your wonderful pieces internationally?

All of the pieces are made to order and can be purchased directly through us!
— Daniel . Emma
Pick ‘n Mix’ bench for Tait from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

Pick ‘n Mix’ bench for Tait from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

‘Shadow’ drawer from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

‘Shadow’ drawer from the new BIG! collection Daniel · Emma

‘Loop’ and ‘Puck’ trivets from the new BIG! collcetion Daniel · Emma

‘Loop’ and ‘Puck’ trivets from the new BIG! collcetion Daniel · Emma

Thanks to Daniel + Emma, all images courtesy of the designers

Photography Rodrick Bond