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Console O by JiB Design Studio Combines Form and Function at the London Design Festival
The London Design Festival is full of beautiful design, but few things manage to combine beauty and function as perfectly JiB Design Studio‘s Console O. With built-in organic ceramic vessels that serve as storage, decoration and as pots for houseplants, the term “form and function” has a new poster child.
Console O is handcrafted in Britain and is made from oak, lacquered MDF and hand-thrown ceramic. The vessels are sunken in the oak base, balancing “the rigid geometry of the lower body also acting as a bridge between the ‘artificial’ white lacquered and ‘natural’ oak surfaces.” When the lids are placed on top of the ceramic vessels, they form a uniform surface that can be used as a tabletop. When opened, the ceramic bases can store items, act as planters or even be left open for creative effect. And for those who need a larger piece of furniture, the O series also includes a credenza.
What makes Console O particularly striking is that it changes depending on how it’s viewed. To a standing adult, the ceramic vessels form a circular pattern, but when viewed from the side, the top forms a flat surface, drawing the eye into the void between the top and the base. JiB design studio is based in London and is headed by Je-Uk Kim, who studied Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan. The O Console is a collaboration between JiB design studio and celebrated ceramist Sun Kim.
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