*Swee 'pea is a candle holder. It is suitable for both candles and tea lights. Swea 'pea doesn’t shout for attention. It is small, cute with soft, friendly curves, just like the baby found on Popeye's doorstep. It is stackable, ideal for small spaces, coffee shops and restaurants. It comes in different materials, colors and finishes allowing to create different totem like combinations.
Prototype Cnc milled solid brass,copper and aluminium
Brass and copper are mirror polished Aluminium coated with ceracote gun coatings
Photos: 3,4:Giorgos Vitsaropoulos, 1:Nikos Alexopoulos, 2:Dionysis Kouris
*Swee'Pea (alternatively spelled Swee'pea and Sweapea on some titles and once called Sweep Pea) is a character in E.C. Segar's comic strip Thimble Theatre/Popeye and in the cartoon series derived from it. His name refers to the flower known as the Sweet Pea. Before his addition to the animated shorts, the name "Sweet Pea" was a term of affection used by main character Popeye. In the cartoon “We Aim to Please” he addressed girlfriend Olive Oyl that way.
In the comics, Swee'Pea is a baby found on Popeye's doorstep (actually delivered to him in a box) in a 1933 strip. Popeye adopts and raises him as his son, or, as he puts it "boy-kid". Initially, Swee'Pea's speech consisted entirely of the sound "glop". As the years went on, Swee'Pea apparently aged enough to speak normally, and could throw punches if necessary; however, his appearance remained that of a crawling baby.
Everything begins with an idea. An idea that you have to grab it and handle it properly.
Designing our lamp for Creaid’s designers lights project, we started with a bulb, symbol of the genius idea and inspiration and we added a grip. A grip with a pattern, like the ones we find in bicycle grips in order to offer a stable grasp.
All lights will be auctioned online, and will be presented in an exhibition which will take place at One Athens, in April 2016.“Designer Lights” aim to create a playground for the Athens General Children’s Hospital.
UK based, startup company, Biocidetech commissioned our studio to design the packaging of their first line of products that will soon be launched under the unexpected name “Sam Loves Betty”.
Biocidetech’s chemical engineer has created a line of bio anti-insect formulas based entirely on natural substances.
According to the brief the packaging should not demonstrate efficacy through toxicity, an approach that is used by all the existing products of this category.
“We don’t want the users to keep our products away immediately after they use them considering them as dangerous for themselves”.
We approached the project using a number of design parameters such as form, pattern, color and texture.
The containers are designed in a two-part format. At the upper part are displayed all the visual information, like the logo, the description and the ingredients, all created by graphic designer Aris Pasouris.
Also the relevant insect that each product corresponds to is represented using dots derived from cross-stitched motifs.
The user, this way, gets the necessary information about the product avoiding a more realistic and perhaps repulsive image of an insect, a cockroach etc.
At the lower part a floral pattern is placed (reference to the formula’s vegetable derivation), using embossed braille like dots, trying to communicate the familiarity of tradition but also the feeling of a high tech contemporary product.
I was always impressed while watching science fiction movies when a foreign organism or a parasite was moving underneath the skin of a human being altering its smooth surface by its own form. Similar when those artificial metallic blades appearing gradually from Woolverine’s human hands and then disappearing again leaving the hands intact.
These striking movie images I wanted to incorporate discreetly in this specific object adding a “mutation” that gradually appears and disappears disturbing aesthetically its smooth surface.
Project assistant: Giannis Lampropoulos
Status: work in progress
Size of the prototype: d:40cm, h:43cm
Material: 4mm powder coated metal sheet
Photos: Nikos Alexopoulos
I have always been attracted by magnets. Attempting to use them in my design work has just been a matter of time. Considerations about the harmfulness of magnets in relation to electronic devices and heart pacemakers have been taken into account.
This project is the first evidence of my effort to create a stable structure using the invisible magnetic power as the main way of connection between the different parts of the construction. To create a structure that can be assembled and disassembled without the use of tools. Just the placement of the right parts next to each other, aided by the existence of sockets and projections and of course the magnetic power, is enough to ensure the strength and the stability of the construction.
Further research and experimentation on technical and aesthetical matters like the size and power of the magnets, the size of the structure (height, width etc.), alternative shapes (triangle, rectangle, five sided polygon), the use of different materials and a combination of them can lead to an expanded family of truly versatile products.
Alternatively the same structure can be achieved using maybe less magic and more conventional methods (screws) but eventually resulting exactly the same look and the same characteristics of a product that can be easily assembled and disassembled and shipped occupying the minimum space.
prototype in solid beech wood, Thanassis kalkanis
product photos: Julien Renault
prototype photos: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos
Under the heat of July in Athens and having a peppermill mechanism on my desk i whispered "O christmas tree" and ...here it is.
The "tree" pepper mill is ideal for adding some extra taste to the christmas turkey but apart from that it is a functional object that with its toy-like aesthetics could stay on the dinning table or kitchen's countertop even when Christmas is over..
Candy is a wall hanger. It consists of two wooden elements and a specially designed metal joint.
Apart from clothes, Candy is ideal for hanging your helmet, your wide-strapped bag or even use it as a book stand.
What makes Candy special is the purity of its form, the way the light is cast on it, highlighting its three-dimensional character, its generous size, the warmth of its material, as well as the friendly way it touches the objects placed on it.
A single Candy hanger or an arrangement of more can give our wall an aesthetic appeal and at the same time convert it into a functional surface.
Client: Industrial Gas Museum
Photos: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos
The gas plant of Athens was founded in 1857 in order to meet the city’s need for public lighting and has left its mark on the city’s urban planning and its economic development. It was the first power production unit not just in Athens, but across Greece.
The gas plant provided the city with lighting and power for nearly 130 years. The City of Athens had been receiving complaints about the quality of gas since 1883, and by the ’60’s the factory was running at a very low level, because the type of energy produced was considered to be “obsolete”. In 1984 the factory’s operation was suspended.Almost thirty years after the suspension of its operation, the first industrial museum of Athens – the Industrial Gas Museum – was inaugurated in the factory’s complex of historic buildings, under the auspices of the City of Athens.
On the occasion of the museum’s operation, a gift shop was also opened in its premises. The aim of the gift shop is to support the work of Greek industrial designers, so that they produce their designs within the country, given the strong need for domestic production.
The first industrial designer to get commissioned by the museum was Yiannis Ghikas, who turned to the field of lighting, since the gas plant was mainly founded in order to provide lighting, and to the concept of the “old fashioned” and “obsolete” – characteristics that led to the suspension of the factory’s operation. Yiannis Ghikas designed – what else? – a candle holder, an “old technology” source of light.
Decorating our body is a primordial human desire. My first attempt to design a ring, an object with a purely decorative purpose, put me in front of a dilemma. A part of me wanted to reduce the form to the basics, as I usually do, whereas another part wanted to create decorative patterns, proper to a purely decorative object.
I decided to merge the two approaches, however conflicting. The decorative pattern is placed on the inside, out of sight, but I know it’s there... Only a small detail is left in full view, hinting its presence to the rest of the world.
Prototype , developed in collaboration with Riche, Greece
Technical advisor: Panos Konandreas
Material: powder coated metal
Lighting source: 3 energy saver bulbs
Photos: Nikos Alexopoulos
Once upon a time there was a lamp called Ordinary. One day, it contracted a parasite that began leaching light, sending it to places that Ordinary couldn't even imagine.
Since that day, Ordinary and its parasite friend lived happily ever after.
Nous 4M - oversaw fabrication and production and co-fabricated with Robert Crane of 3DD fabrication
Bryan Oknyansky - Nous 4M technician
Justin Goodyear - Nous 4M technician
Gregory Epps - Nous 4M technician
Photos: Nikos Alexopoulos
"To trust and to be trusted, to support and to be supported, creating a seemingly fragile but yet viable state of equilibrium."
The coat hanger “Game of trust” consists of three identical Y-shaped elements. Each one supports and at the same time is supported by one of the others, resulting in an embrace that transforms the units into a unity.
Game of trust demands accuracy of construction, excellent quality of materials and the right people that can deal with both. It is made of solid wood in natural finish or lacquered in different colors combinations, modular. It is easy to assemble and disassemble, easy to pack carry.
Red dot design award winner 2009
German design award 2016
Prototypes: Alexis Mariolopoulos
Photos: 1-5 Dionysis Kouris, 6-10 Julien Renault
Producer: 2010-2013 Feld, 2013- Objekten, Belgium
Monarchy is a stool, it is a rocking stool.
It rocks sideways and it rocks back and forth. Monarchy also swivels.
Monarchy is designed not to be overturned but at the same time allows the user to escape the dullness of the ultimate stability.
The Monarchy Stool is so-named because, apart from the fact that it has a crown-like shape, it has been designed so that it is difficult to tip over. As a regime, a monarchy enforces stability. The Monarchy Stool , however, allows the user to escape the dullness of ultimate stability – an intentional contradiction.
The Monarchy Stool is a convenient for occasional sitting or simply when an extra seat is needed. Its design aims to offer freedom of movement. You can change your orientation with a push of your legs. Reaching out for nearby objects is easily done by bending over and shifting your weight. Furthermore, and most importantly, the stool has the capacity to satisfy your body’s inherent expressional needs while being seated.
The balancing process creates a playful userobject relationship. The stool explores the idea that when seated, many people feel the need to be free from enforced bodily positions. Instructions of the use of The Monarchy Stool are completely useless as the body will become tuned to the stool on a subconscious level – as though the stool is an extension of the body. Although it can be used in a number of contexts, the designer does not recommend the use of The Monarchy Stool for changing light bulbs!
Prototypes made by Bosa, Italy
HANDLED WITH CARE, exhibition of contemporary ceramic works, curated by designboom
19-23/9/2007 at designersblock, London, UK
Peel bottles is a line of ceramics in different stages of "peeling".The peeling may start from top to bottom or even reciprocally.
There is a difference in texture and shape between the rind and the internal layer. Usually the exterior surface, the first one someone pays attention to, is smoother and more pleasing to the eye, while sometimes the reverse can happen…
Meat pounder, prototype
3d print in ABS plastic then casted in bronze, lost wax method
GOOOOOD FOOD, exhibition
Photos: Dionysis Kouris
Bienalle Internationale du Design 2006
Saint Etienne, France
Ask me what a joysteak is and I'll tell you it's a kitchen utensil. It is a meat pounder for steaks.
In reality, however, I hope it is something more than that. I hope it is also an an allusion... An allusive comment on the addiction to new technologies, and especially to the part relating to entertainment, an allusive comment on the "damaging" effects that addiction may have, lastly an allusive comment on all those who, like myself, are highly concerned seeing themselves as they become addicted, and mainly to all those who become addicted without being concerned about it...
Rapid prototype in ABS plastic then resin casted in silicon mold
Photos: Dionysis Kouris
I thought that a container destined to hold fruit must primarily be capable of maintaining its contents intact for as long a time as possible.
I have also taken into account that fruit first rot at the points of contact with other fruit and with the container holding them. Fruit also rot faster when not well aerated.
Therefore, the Waffle has been designed, on the one hand, to allow the free circulation of air around the fruit and, on the other hand, to minimize the area of contact between the fruit and the container. Furthermore, the size of the Waffle is suitable to hold a satisfactory quantity of fruit without being squeezed against one another or stacked on top of one another.
If you have already thought that the Waffle is not suitable for small fruit such as cherries, strawberries, etc., you are right. But then such fruit are usually kept in the fridge.