Friday 5 with Thomas Overthun of IDEO

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Thomas Overthun simply is not solely a Design Director, nevertheless he’s an Affiliate Companion on the Bay Space design company IDEO, the place he’s labored since 1993. Earlier than calling IDEO residence, he began his career at moll design in Germany sooner than working on the inside design employees of Dutch digital agency Philips. Since turning into a member of IDEO, his expertise has developed inside the realms of contract furnishings and ergonomic seating, office and shopper electronics, kitchen devices and residential gear, personal care and sports activities actions merchandise, whereas working with buyers like, Cisco, Microsoft, Oral S, OXO, Proctor & Gamble, and Steelcase, merely to name a few. His work has been extensively revealed and exhibited on the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York Metropolis and on the Chicago Atheneum. For this week’s Friday 5, this busy industrial designer sheds a light-weight-weight on points he loves that could be current in his residence.

I’m an industrial designer, and I assume a prerequisite for this job is to love stuff. You need to like stuff to make nice issues. So listed below are a couple of of my points that could be current in my residence:

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M. Wedding ceremony containers I’ve a gaggle of fantastic buddies who all met at Philips Design spherical 25 years prior to now. When the first thought-about one in every of us acquired married, we designed a desk with four completely totally different legs as wedding ceremony ceremony current for the model new couple. Neither definitely considered one of us knew what the others have been designing, so as soon as we launched the current it was a shock for everyone. This turned a follow and quite a few different ‘wedding ceremony ceremony objects’ have been created by means of the years.

When my partner Renee and I obtained married three years prior to now, we’ve got been hoping our associates would come by means of, they often did. The theme was containers, along with: a ‘kissing’ pair of salt and pepper grinders by Khodi Feiz; a glass jar with wedding ceremony ceremony ring handles by Roland Chook; a spherical jar with a purple lid by Roger Swales the place all the dimensions are based mostly totally on the couples information; and an ‘unstable’ gap brass pebble by Oscar Pena, which may wobble nevertheless on a regular basis re-finds its stability and needs occasional sprucing, similar to a marriage.

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P. Chair This small chair has been in my family for a very very very long time. I chosen to ship it to San Francisco after my mom and father had handed away, for every emotional and smart causes. I’ve acknowledged this chair all my life, and it is a fairly easy chair that comes apart merely with no devices, so it might be shipped flat.

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A. Tongs by Sori Yanagi I really like cooking, and have designed a bunch of kitchen devices, so I acknowledge the issue of designing (or attempting to, in my case) a super software program. I assume these tongs are good of their simplicity and sophistication.

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A. Blue blazer by Ami I really like blue blazers because of they on a regular basis work. It’s good to have quite a few — this one has a pleasing textured, significantly denim-y materials. Renee picked it.

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H. Chook by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Vitra The most recent object I cherish: I latterly celebrated my twentieth yr at IDEO. Not solely was I given an exhibition and reception at our San Francisco waterfront office, nevertheless my colleagues launched me with an engraved picket fowl by the Bouroullec brothers. It has a soothing influence, whether or not or not you check out it or keep it. Our son Vincent likes to lick it.

Pictures by Renee Mifsud Overthun.

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