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BA (Hons) Product Design

Adam Wolstenholme

My passion for high-quality, democratic, hand-made, and beautiful objects comes from a love for mid-century Nordic design at the height of Modernism, particularly furniture. I believe that learning from the past to design long-lasting solutions is the key to a more sustainable future in one of the world's most impactful industries.

Polybloc dining chair

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During the early mid-century, Danish designers would perfect a methodology of studying earlier historically successful chair archetypes and use these as a basis from which to design their own widely successful and iconic Danish designs with the modernist aesthetic.
My own modern archetype of choice is the humble, plastic, cheap, and most produced chair in the world: the Monobloc chair. Re-imagined for high-end interior dining in stark contrast to the disposable outdoor nature of its original counterpart, I aimed to challenge throw-away furniture narratives. As the name suggests, the Polybloc chair references the iconic single-piece plastic Monobloc form with the exception of 'poly', meaning more than one. In this case, it is the formation of various handcrafted and joined pieces of British grown ash timber.
Visual references extend to the sweeping steam bent armrest that remains unsupported by the back legs, to the bright ash finish that pays homage to the Monobloc white plastic, finished with white oil.

Sunset Wall Light by Sancturary

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Intended to be a highly conceptual approach to how we can reinstate the bed as a sanctuary, and combat poor sleep habits in a Smart Tech filled lifestyle where the bedroom has become overused for many in the age of the home office - the 'Sunset' wall light essentially re-imagines the traditional four-poster bed and its original intentions.

The elegantly integrated 'Sunset' wall light is intended to be mounted and unrolled from above the headboard before sleep, at which point warm light is softly diffused between these sheets. A timer of 30 minutes then begins, and during this time the light recedes to simulate sunset, triggering relaxation and readiness to sleep without distractions.

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