April 12, 2011
BLOG CHAT 06_SHELL THOMAS
Shell is a furniture and product designer living and working in London. Her work marries a whimsical spirit with sustainable materials and digital processes, signified by an ever-present element of playful quirk. Shell's work includes a range of bespoke cardboard furniture, retail window installations and her first product, Reggie the Eco Rocker- a flat-pack cardboard rocking horse for cool and creative kids. Check out more work at, shellthomas.com
1. WHY ARE YOU WHAT YOU ARE?
I've always really loved... well, things. I know pretty-much everyone likes stuff, but I became aware of how lovely objects can make me feel warm and fuzzy pretty early on. My Mum says that when I was 2 or 3 and people would ask me what Santa might bring for Christmas, I'd tell them I was hoping for a new pillow, although I pronounced it 'pellow' back in the day. I got proper into home-wares. It's no secret I've coveted my Grandad and Grandma's vintage glasses and harlequin sets of anodised aluminium tumblers FOREVER and, although my early interior design and fashion concepts fell well short of successful, I was never short of a bonkers vision. It wasn't until I was already a grown-up that it ever really occurred to me that what I love might somehow be what I do.
2. IF YOU WEREN'T AN PRODUCT DESIGNER WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Oh, I like the idea of all sorts. I love cooking and I've always fancied being a shopkeeper, too! I'd love to have a design store, offering a bespoke design service alongside vintage and new furniture, objects and books, with a lovely cafe inside. I would bake the cakes and my husband Huw would make the best ever coffee. I'd also love to learn about set dressing for film and TV, sourcing and arranging props to create the right look.
3. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME A DESIGNER'S BLOCK?
Get out and get happy. I am uber-proiductive when I'm feeling upbeat, so if I'm not feeling it, I'll pack it in for a bit and come back when my spidey senses are tingling. Specifically, this might be a natter with Huw or whoever's working in the studio, or some blog-spotting or you-tubing. People falling and getting hurt makes me laugh. A lot. To an untrained-eye it may seem like I'm a great big procrastinator, but it's all just part of the magic!
4. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
Some new products - new specs and some desk accessories. I'm working with some new materials so it's relatively experimental at this stage.
5. EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?
Early Bird, although this winter's been particularly tough one and I have struggled to get out of bed some mornings, but I start out each day on maximum-productivity-power and it steadily diminishes throughout the day.
6. WHAT DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF TO FOR ELEVENSES?
I've recently become a biscuit freak, but that has got to stop! Fox's biss quits. I do love that gangster panda!
7. MY FAVE COLOUR IS...?
Green. All sorts, but what really gets my jazz-hands working is a well-curated palette of colours rocking it together. Perfection
8. MY FAVE SMELL IS....?
9. IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU SAVE?
Huw, (assuming he can't save himself) and practical things, I guess. Nothing really crosses me as truly irreplaceable. That's a bit sad, isn't it?
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVE BLOG?
Oh my goodness, SO. MANY. These are probably my favourites...
The Design Files for getting in-touch with Melbourne design and peeking at lovely Australian interiors.
Dlisted for ridiculously hilarious, yet equally unimportant gossip.