Since seeing the latest Aliens installation 'Prometheus', I have been dreaming of all things beautiful, metallic(nothing unsual there) and space inspired. The film is beautifully imagined by Arthur Max, metallics against sparse natural backgrounds, a mixes use of copper, gold, blacks and alabaster white. I have been thinking about designs based around my current inspiration.
|Cosmos make-up collection by Daniel Emma and Guerlain|
'These items are sculptural pieces that conceal the makeup inside,' To says 'items that could stand alone on a dressing table without looking like you forgot to tidy up'
|Cosmos , Wallpaper Handmade Issue Sketchbook|
I was fortunate to be able to ask Daniel & Emma a few questions:
What inspires your design process - be it a film, music, fashion, materials, experiences etc.
Our inspiration comes from far and wide. It is quite varied, day to day things inspire us like going on bike rides and visiting the ocean. We also like collecting things, particularly those that have no value to anyone else......... maps, tins, snowglobes, old toys etc. We enjoy listening to different types of music from pop to classical and also enjoy a watching films like The Fantastic Mr Fox and Ponyo. These are all normal elements of our lives but impact the way we see the world and in turn the designs we put out into it!
Our ideas nearly always start off as a sketch (they very rarely make it onto a computer) we then jump straight into prototyping (usually in the materials that the end product will be made) as it is through this we can see how the designs work and what they feel and look like in real life.
|Brass paperweights, hex - 70 x 28 x 25|
A new collection of products to be launched at Design Junction in London this September!
We aim to always create objects which are 'just nice.'
|Brass Paperweights, Solid Polished Brass|
More Q&A about the project:
How did the project come about? Who approached who?
We were approached by Wallpaper magazine earlier in the year to participate in their annual exhibition in Milan. The project sees small design studios be paired with big international brands to collaborate on fictitious 'in a perfect world' design briefs!
What did you design for the exhibition?
We designed a set of three dressing table accessories for the Parisian cosmetics company Guerlain. These items are sculptural pieces that conceal the make-up inside. We have used Guerlain's lipstick, powder, and eyeliner to design accessories for.
|Hemispheres, first shown at Ventura Lambrate during the 2011 Milan Furniture fair.|
What did the design have to achieve? What does it do?
We had free reign over the brief but set ourselves the constraints of designing a harmonious collection using 3 different products. We also wanted to remain true to our design philosophy of making products which are 'just nice.' There was considerable thought put into the forms and the way they relate to one another and also the materials and finishes we have chosen to use. At the end of the day even tough we aren't designers of cosmetics accessories, we wanted the aesthetic of the pieces to be DANIEL EMMA.
What materials did you use in the piece?
What happens to the installation and the pieces exhibited after the fair is over?
The pieces went to London where they were photographed for a special feature in the August issue of Wallpaper Magazine. At present the designs are merely concepts and won't be going into any form of production, but who knows what the future holds!
|Mirror, Polished & Machined 6mm 304 Stainless Steel|
Over the years make-up packaging has moved away from decorative gold to minimally embellished, matt black casings. However, Guerlain, a perennial cosmetic favourite of ours, has generally stuck to its opulent guns. We saw an opportunity to make an edit of its make-up classics and dress them to suit a modern environment. In the hands of Daniel Emma, the Handmade collection became a trio of galactic forms in satin brass, which discreetly open to reveal a Guerlain colour classic. Wallpaper