About Superblue is passionate about inspiring people and creating engaging spaces and products. Robert brings a strong understanding of materials and processes, using them in innovative ways to create gorgeous high quality meaningful outcomes. With a passion for site specific design, Superblue regularly work in the boundary between disciplines - product, interior, exhibition, graphic design and craft. In each situation the creative process is the mechanism to involve and inspire the potential viewer as participant or co-author of the work. Every place has a story to tell and share of its past, present and future. Superblue make sure those stories are told and can be heard by all.
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Natural Play spaces – Hertsmere Borough Council Landscape services
Independent evaluator of the Sorrel Foundation ‘Pupil Brief’ project for all stakeholders within the Building Schools for the Future program.
Nottingham Midland Station consultation to planning stages E of regeneration and transformation project, working with BDP Architects and Nottingham City Council Mouchel Parkman and Babcock Education – Consultant advisors for Building Schools for the Future Southwark, London – Art integration for sensory school.
Prime Ministers Strategy Unit advising on good practice within design for the public realm - Government’s new Improving the Planning and Design of the Built Environment , an analysis of issues and opportunities June 2009
Balfour Beatty – Transform Building Schools for the Future, Consultant advisors for art integration for Sandwell, Rowley Campus.
Arup facades, lighting, product and materials – Office design, window displays, staff involvement and engagement 6 installations across a range of Arup practice themes.
Heathlands School, Birmingham – Thematical Curriculum Consultancy with teachers and year 4.
4/2008 3/2008 2/2008 12/2007 9/2007 7/2007 8/2007 8/2007 7/2007 5/2007 4/2007 2/2007 2/2007 1/2006 4/2006 3/2006 2/2006 1/2006 7/2005
Consultant to Chemshun Technical ceramics, China new product and technology development resultant research into extrusion, construction and colouring techniques.
Giant Knitting Nancy at the Beach – HKD picnic, Margate Sands Giant Knitting Nancy - Canary Wharf, London Architecture Festival Hertsmere Community Spaces Three youth shelters in parks across Hertsmere Samsonite marketing campaign ‘Summer Resort for Asian region, Tokyo, Japan ‘Skyscopes’ – Canary Wharf London, Architecture Week Entheo – Interior office space design , London ‘Toolbox’ Exhibition – Arup Façade Engineering Sesame National Symposium, London, way-finding and lighting Weather Vain, Grosvenor square, St James, London Leaf Shelters, Churchfield School, London Sesame Sales Folders – bespoke sales folder design Ella Doran – Shops design and fit out Churchfield School – playground meeting point shelters Wayfinding strategy– Forensic Mental Health Hospital, Runwell, Essex Sesame – Touring Exhibition stands and signage ITV Imagine Offices– ‘Front Loader’ draw units and storage, London Garden Retreat - Hampstead Pizza Express – Honeycomb Wall Reading Honeycomb Wall - Cresswell Trust, Cresswell Museum, Weather Garden – Flintham Museum, Museumaker Hidden Art Exhibition System – Milano, 100% Design Automatic Chelsea Gates - Cass Foundation, Sculpture at Goodwood Oak Fronted Chiming Tree - Inn the Park, St James’s Park, London Chelsea Aluminium Fence 12.5m - Andy Sturgeon, Merryl Lynch Show Garden Stainless steel fronted Chiming Tree, Diana Memorial Playground, Kensington Gardens, London
Competitions - Publications - Press
01/2011 10/2010 9/2010 4/2008 10/2007 9/2007 7/2007 7/2007 6/2007 5/2007 3/2007 9/2006 9/2006 1/2006 10/2005 9/2005 9/2005 5/2005 5/2005 1/2005 9/2004 9/2004 9/2003 7/2003 6/2003 7/2002 7/2001 1/2000
Designing Out Landfill - Materials and Environment KTN trade mission and exhibition to the Netherlands. Structures on the Edge - Huts on the Lincolnshire Coast TENT, London - Giant Knitting Nancy entrance event Materials KTN – Space age materials – ‘Novel Materials’ Design Think Tank, Design Council Alexander Palace – Creative Partnerships Periscope display Atoms to Art 2 – Manchester Art Gallery, University Manchester War on Want – Spitz Gallery, London ‘It Starts From Here’ – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Cockpit Arts Spring/Summer 2007 Open Studios - London British Crafts in Japan – Tokyo, Japan The Potting Shed – Designers Block, London 100% Design – Earls Court, London Collect 2006 – Victoria & Albert Museum, London DesignUK – Bloomberg, Tokyo, Japan Art-to-Atoms – Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester ‘Primal Refuge’ London – London Designers Block Chelsea Flower Show – Merryl Lynch Show Garden by Andy Sturgeon, London ‘Primal Refuge’ Berlin - Josetti Hoeffe, Design Mai 3, Berlin, Germany Collect 2005 – Victoria & Albert Museum, London Workshop Leader, ‘Design, Etc. Open Borders’, Droog – TriPostal. Lille 5F69 – London Design Week, Spitlefields, London Future Forms @ 100% Design, Crafts Council - Earls Court, London Detour - Neon Gallery, London Honeycomb Fence - Kensington Gardens, London “Spiel” by krautabout.com - Fordham Gallery, London “Field” - Open studio at Object Studios, Manchester ARTsites in Wandsworth - Wandsworth
06/2009 01/2009 7/2008 7/2007 5/2007 1/2007 6/2006 2/2006 8/2006 5/2005 4/2005 1/2004 1/2004 5/2003 2000 - 09 2/2003 6/2002 5/2002 10/2001 9/2000
CABE Urban Design Summer School – Big Design project ‘Winning Team’ Spacecraft2 – More Fleeting Architecture and Hideouts – Gestalten, Germany, ISBN 978-3-89955-233-1, p203 The new romantics, by Dominic Lutyens. Telegraph Newspaper Whitechapel Art Gallery, Educational outreach display and boxes Colley Park Ball Stopping Fences - Sheffield Shortlisted Alexander Childrens Hospital, Brighton – play artworks Crafts Council Development Award Short listed Charnwood Museum, Installation, Museumaker, Loughborough Short listed This Way That Way, Sculpture trail, Bellway Homes, Ipswich Intramuros FX magazine Design Diffusion News 111, January 2004, p133 Frame 36, Jan/Feb 2004, p137 Awarded The Edward Marshall Award 2003 - £50,000 development grant Axis - www.axisarts.org.uk – AXIS artist of the month 02/2009 Short-listed the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre “design for our futureselves” James and Eliza Drummond Studentship Award 2002/2003 Brighton Marina Roundabout competition - “The Wave” with Petra Trefzgar Pergo Design Awards 1 - Highly Commended Runners -up Ceramic Review, no. 185, p52, September/October 2000 ‘Art School 2000’
08/03 – 01/5
Freelance designer - working on projects for the Royal Parks designing new donation boxes for the Diana Princes of Wales Memorial Playground. 03/04 –10/04 Design Assistant - Studio Tord Boontje, lighting, furniture and graphics work 05/02 - 08/02 Design Assistant - Greyworld urban design, public art in New York and London 06/98 – 10/98 Furniture Union - Design work for new upholstered furniture range.
3D Designer, Exhibitions - The British Museum 01/11 - Present, Responsible for temporary exhibitions and permanent gallery updating. Project Designer – Houghton Kneale Design (HKD) 04/10 – 01/11 Project Designer responsible for 3D design production and competition team.
Highlighted projects: • Science Center Singapore permanent and touring exhibitions Optical Illusions, The Scientific Method • Life Skills Kent – New build experiential education building made from shipping containers • Competition team Colchester Castle, Bletchley Park and Imperial War Museum concept proposals.
Visiting Lecturerships London Metropolitan University Camberwell College Manchester Metropolitan University Central St Martins College of Art and Design Brunnel University South Bank University
Designer – Raulph Appelbaum Associates, London, UK 11/09 – 04/10, 3D Design team member on Middle Eastern and African teams
Role Director of Superblue Design Ltd. 01/05 - present Robert is an experienced designer working on a range of scales of projects up to £5 million. As the lead designer at Superblue Design Ltd. Robert takes the lead on the strategic and creative direction of this unique consultancy. Robert is responsible for 4 staff members to deliver creative, bespoke design solutions. Education 2001-2003
The Arts University College Bournemouth, 01/04 – 08/09 Senior Associate Lecturer 01/08 – 08/09 Research Fellow 09/08 – 12/10 Knowledge Transfer Champion
Royal College of Art - M.A. Design Products
1997 - 2000 Manchester Metropolitan University - B.A. (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, First Class 2000 Manchester City College - City and Guilds C7307 Further and Adult Education Teachers’ Certificate - micro teaching stage one
Highlighted projects: • Concept and detailed design for the Family Learning Centre National Charter Monument, Bahrain • Detailed design and tender documentation for the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Nigeria
Technical skills Autocad,VectorWorks, SolidWorks, Rhino, Flamingo, Modo, Sketch-up, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Filemaker Freehand sketching and drafting, model making and prototyping, digital manufacture including RP, CNC laser cutting and 3D scanning experience. Making and designing in wood, metal, plastics, ceramics for one-off, batch or mass production.
Designer – Atelier Brueckner, Stuttgart, Germany, 09/08 – 7/09, 3D Design team member working in detailed design and competition teams as part of an academic secondment Highlighted projects: • Detailed design RIBA stages D – J and documentation for construction tendering for the Scheepvaart Maritime Museum Object Galleries - Amsterdam. • Competition team – Southampton Sea City Museum Tender - Shortlisted
Consultant and Academic Visitor to the Mechanical Engineering Department. Course Leader of Design, Art and Creativity. 09/2007 – present Planning, researching and implementing of a one term Design, Art and Creativity course for 3rd and 4th Year Student. Includes “The Design Challenge” a collaboration project with industry.
Autonnic Research Ltd 09/2005 – present Design and New Products Manager Manufacturing company that creates sensors from fluxgate technology. Management role that includes research, design, and project management.
Role Project Director of Superblue Design Ltd 03/2006 – present Annick is an experienced project manager delivering projects in engineering, design and architecture. Annick is responsible for financial control, project management and development at Superblue. Annick makes sure the ideas are on time, in budget and on-site. Education 09/2001 - 07/2003
Industrial Design Engineering, Royal College of Art, London MA (RCA) DIC
09/1996 - 06/2000
Department of Engineering, University of Durham, Durham MEng (Hons) 2:1 Master in Engineering
09/1994 - 07/1996
A levels, Sevenoaks School, Kent
Innovation Design Engineering Department , Royal College of Art. Tutor/Researcher 03/2005 – 06/2007 Research role into materials and their role in design. Explored the potential to engage within the college and beyond – how could it be used to create links and opportunities? Delivered workshops on materials and exploring our perception of materials.
03/2009 02/2009 06/2008 06/2007 04/2007 03/2007 12/2007
Designer - At Large 10/2005 Exhibitions and playground design - for the World Museum Liverpool and Recycle it for the Birmingham Museum. Industrial Designer and Business Support Executive, Smartslab 03/2004 – 03/2005 Working on the design and production of Smartslab®, an innovative architectural multimedia display system with the potential to create interactive environments, this has just come onto the market. For this product a strong knowledge of LED technology, lighting knowledge and interactive multimedia displays was required. Design Assistant Box consultants Ltd, London. Research and Development Company. 04/2001 – 08/2001 Research and development into architectural products. Projects included Smartslab®, a structural building material and multimedia display system, and the development of Curvatex, a fabric composite exoskeletal hybrid material designed to facilitate the construction of curved buildings in architecture. Collaborated with b consultants to research building technology and material for the new Guggenheim Museum in Tokyo.
Paper accepted for The 11th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education Conference Brighton, 2009. E&PDE’09. Paper presented at conference September 09. Selected by Sci-tech Challenge for challenge of apply information and communication technology as drivers of change in the construction industry and the built environment. Collaborated with senior research fellow Barlett, UCL. Shortlisted for Holbeck Urban Village Wildlife Design Competition. Presentation at National Portrait Gallery for the 4th Plinth Project. London Architecture Week presented a ‘Show and Tell’ at the Fresh Flower: Fresh Thinking event at Greenwich. Visiting Tutor Queen Mary London University – Materials Workshop Visiting Tutor Southbank University – Materials Workshop Short listed for interactive play areas for Alexander Children’s Hospital, Brighton. “Reflective Conversation” a project that explored creativity and its role in education. Team Leader for one day workshop at Somerset House as part of Impermanent Materials event at the Tate Modern.
â€˜The Dutch Swimmerâ€™ - Huttoft, Lincolnshire Coast Shortlisted competition entry for the Structures on the Edge competition. A converted kiosk life guard look out structure right next to the beach
The Dutch Swimmer Coastwatch Kiosk (Parking on the Edge). The coastwatch kiosk looks across to itâ€™s neighbour and is called the Dutch Swimmer. The aim of the piece is to reflect storytelling and imagination. This will be communicated through itâ€™s illustrated look and stage like appearance that should intrigue and enhance people to get out of their car to discover more about the piece. One side will be an illustrated silhouette and the other side will be a look out point of 180 degree of the sea for the Coastwatch volunteers. Thus creating a fun, dynamic and functional piece. Other element include two look out positions and flagpoles. As people get out of their cars to discover more and interact with the piece close up they will discover further illustrated details, for example in the interior of the kiosk, that related to the Dutch Swimmer adding an extra layer of discover and intrigue. This element will be designed further with input from the coast watch volunteers allowing them to participate in the storytelling and curiosity the piece as well as discussing and incorporating the requirement needed in the space to allow it to function for their needs. The Coastwatch Kiosk will provide a visible marker on the coast line. It is a landmark as you drive to the coast, as you explore the coastline by walking or swimming or far out at sea. In the future perhaps The English Swimmer Coastwatch kiosk could be built on the Netherlands coast adding to the story of the piece and embracing and celebrating both coast lines.
â€˜Picnic Stonesâ€™ - Wolla Edge, Lincolnshire Coast Shortlisted competition entry for the Structures on the Edge competition. Terracotta picnic blanket of lain across the sand.
Picnic Stones Picnicking is a past time for many of us. Whether it is a grand or humble the English love picnics. There is simple no finer moment in life then alfresco food hidden away from the rush of daily life. People love nothing more than eating outside on tartan rugs. First there is the food and friends and second there is the search for the perfect picnic spot. Picnicking is a pleasure excursion about people and landscape coming together. Wolla bank is a perfect spot for a picnic. It is a beautify location with an exciting landscape from the sand bank to the sand ripples which already provide alternative seating and shelter. The aim of Superblue’s concept is to enhance this and add a sense of play, discovery and change to the space that works with nature and people. We seek to create the perfect picnic spot and to understand the ritual of picnicking. The Superblue Picnic Stones, a three dimensional picnic landscape, is about people and landscape coming together in a number of ways. The three dimensional landscape creates a space for interaction, play and discovery – with nature, the landscape and the people that you have come to experience the space with. Over time the 3d picnic landscape will change – wildlife and planting will inhabited it and change it. The sand will blow in, around and across it and the ocean will wash the space clean again, forever changing the space. The 3d picnic landscape also provides seating – sit on different the 3d tartan checks or sit beside the landscape which provides and shelter from the wind at this beautiful yet remote setting.
The materials are inspired by the nature resources in the area – the clay pits. They are made of a ceramic air bricks. These are highly robust elements which can resist the extreme elements of the location which will wear naturally into the beach environment. The extruded bricks will provide visual and tactile surfaces for the ‘Picnic Stones’. The 3D Picnic landscape is iconic and playful and yet at the same time it works with the location and it rugged environment that is pure nature. Over time it which change and soften as natural takes over and adds to this unique landscape. Will it create a alternative rock pool / habitat for the creatures of Wolla bank? or will plants grow and add to the landscape? The sand around the structure will change as nature and people interact – changing the picnic landscape.
Giant Knitting Nancy - Canary Wharf 2 Giant Knitting Nancyâ€™s created a new space to sit and play on.Visitors could help to knit the structure and help grow the structures.
The Giant Knitting Nancy Over 72m was knitted by over 100 visitors during the weekend of 25th - 27th June on 2 Giant Knitting Nancy to create the exciting seating structure defining the space at Jubilee Gardens, Canary Wharf. Following the London Festival of Architecture theme, “The Welcoming City”, large-scale knitted structures will create an architectural seating unit that weaves through Jubilee Park, inviting visitors to sit and play as they enjoy the pleasant green environment in the middle of Canary Wharf. The design is inspired by the traditional Knitting Nancy, a much-loved knitting toy which has been scaled-up so that visitors can participate in the knitting and making of the installation. The space and installation reflects the theme of “The Welcoming City” via exploring and celebrating together the woven, knitted structures and cultures that turn London into a distinct, unique, welcoming place. Everyone was invited to try out the Knitting Nancy’s for themselves, or simply relax and enjoy the ever-growing seating structure. Superblue’s ‘Knitting Nancy’ was made in Canary Wharf, by EVERYONE. Completed 07/2010 Client - Canary Wharf Location - Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf
Philimore Recreation Ground Community Space Radlett 2009 Hertsmere Borough Council
Hertsmere Community Space The Hertsmere Community Spaces youth shelter at Radlett, Phillimore This permanent new structure is designed to provide a variety of seating areas inside and out, a place to rest your bike and an open stage space facing the park. The Shelter has a robust steel sub-structure and is clad with a larch wood, which will age to a silver grey. A mesh screen sits at the front powder coated in gold to shade from the sun and provide a stage curtain for the stage.
Superblue worked on this project with the team of officers from the Parks and Amenities, Communications, and Community Services teams at Hertsmere Borough Council, Aldenham Parish Council, the Police and other stakeholders. The design of these community spaces follows community consultation carried out with young people in summer 2007, which led to a successful application to the Big Lottery Play Fund. Completed 02/2010 Client - Hertsmere Borough Council Location - Philimore Recreation Ground, Radlett
Moatfield Community Space 2009 Bushy Hertsmere Borough Council
Hertsmere Community Space The youth shelter at The Moatfield, Bushy. This permanent new structure can be used to climb the unique hexagon climbing bars, sit high and look out over the park, or simply hang out from . Superblue worked on this project with the team of officers from the Parks and Amenities, Communications, and Community Services teams at Hertsmere Borough Council, Aldenham Parish Council, the Police and other stakeholders. The design of these community spaces follows community consultation carried out with young people in summer 2007, which led to a successful application to the Big Lottery Play Fund. Completed 04/2010 Client - Hertsmere Borough Council Location - The Moatfield, Bushey
Furzefield Community Space 2009 Potters Bar Hertsmere Borough Council
Hertsmere Community Space The new community youth shelter at Furzefield, Potters Bar. The shelter provides a place to hang out with friends. The unique shared structure allows people to climb up high and have views across the whole park. With seating steps you can have a rest on the way up or way down to stop and enjoy the view. If it gets... rainy then shelter under the slopes of the shareds, or just find a different space and view. The shelter provides a new space for all park visitors all year round. The shelter is made from an anti-slip red striped resin plastic inserted boarding with metal mesh seats. The underside seats are made from soft wood cladding. There is a steel substructure. A play rubber surface has be used for the surrounding area and can be planted to sympathetically place it in the old hedgerow and will eventually be overgrown by grass. The shelter has passed all play inspections and is happily being used by all ages of the community. Superblue worked on this project with the team of officers from the Parks and Amenities, Communications, and Community Services teams at Hertsmere Borough Council, Aldenham Parish Council, the Police and other stakeholders. The design of these community spaces follows community consultation carried out with young people in summer 2007, which led to a successful application to the Big Lottery Play Fund. Completed 06/2010 Client - Hertsmere Borough Council Location - Furzefield, Potters Bar
Hertsmere Community Spaces 2009 3 Community shelters in 3 parks across Hertsmere Borough Council
Consultation, engagement and communication are key to working on public projects. Superblue use many creative approaches to reach a wide variety of audiences. These processes are an integral to the way Superblue work and are used inform the public, client, other professional stake holders and Superblue. Images show recent landmark sheds which were recently used with Hertsmere Borough Council to explore natural play and youth shelter projects. The sheds also provide landmark totems prior to final installation of the proposed shelter designs. Completed 06/2010 Client - Hertsmere Borough Council Location - Across Hertsmere
Consultation + Community
Canary Wharf - Skyscopes 3 interactive periscopes controlling camera views from the top of Canary Wharf Tower
Architecture Week 2008, Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf Superblue has created a family of Skyscopes, periscopes with a twist. Skyscopes – ‘Look higher, look deeper, turn the world upside down and inside out’ The first Skyscope takes you to the 50th Floor of One Canada Square where you can view Londons famous skyline. Another gives you a bird’s-eye view of the people walking 200m below. The third Skyscope takes the opposite approach and literally tunnels your viewpoint through the earth, deep into the underground world of the Jubilee Place shopping centre. This is Canary Wharf as you’ve never seen it before. Completed 06/2008 Client - Canary Wharf Location - Jubilee Gardens
Goodwood Gate 2006 12m x 2m Aluminium electronically controlled sliding gate
The Goodwood Gate is a major commission sited at Sculpture at Goodwood a sculpture park specialising in 20th and 21st Century British Sculpture. Sited at the entrance to Wilfred and Jeanette Cassâ€™s home, the couple who founded the park, the Goodwood Gate provides a dramatic site as you drive into the grounds. The Gate is made from powder coated aluminium and sits on a steel frame which can be opened electronically. The gate sits on rails and slides elegantly into the surrounding foliage when opened and closes seamlessly into one form again. The gate was previously a part of Chelsea Flower Show and London Designers Block. 2006
Completed 10/2006 Client - Cass Sculpture, Willfred Cass Location - Cass Sculpture Park
The Honeycomb Retreat A garden pavilion for a private residence in Hampstead, London. Made from a green oak pegged frame the retreat has honeycomb panels on three sides.
The Honeycomb Range of objects for public spaces lit with dramatic effect. The shadows of the people inside are projected through the honeycomb surface appearing pixalated to onlookers.
Collect Exhibition System Victoria and Albert Museum 2006 - Gallerie Rosemarie Jaeger
Design and build of an exhibition stand for Gallerie Rosemarie Jaeger at applied arts show Collect 2005/06 at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
We aimed to create a twist to the traditional white cube spaces of the gallery. Simple trestle tables from laminated plywood were teamed with high quality laminated plinths to compliment the fine craftsmanship of the work. The cups, teapots, vases and bowls of the exhibiting artists could be seen in a domestic scale and set-up.
Pin-Hole Honeycomb Wall - Creswell Crags Reception wall feature seen from below. Opened by Sir David Attenborough 06/2009
Creswell Crags Visitor Centre A large scale integrated sculptural entrance feature taken from a 3D scan of the gorge or cave walls. The vertical and horizontal pieces have holes cut into it to reflect the small hole fissues in the limestone surface. The structure reflects the limestone gorge walls with its pinhole fissues in its surface. This is sometimes known as a honeycombed structured limestone. The panel will be made from european oak reflecting the material used on the external cladding of the visitors centre. Completed 07/2009 Client - Museumaker, Creswell Crags Trust Location - Creswell Crags Visitor Centre
ARUP Facades Engineering ‘The Tool Box’ - Exhibition
Consulting with ARUP Facades, product, materials and lighting engineering teams to improve staff interaction and communication. A series of 6 exhibitions have enabled this process internally and promoting their unique qualities externally. These images show the â€˜Toolboxâ€™ exhibition where various members of staff were invited to share the tools of their trade. What they use to think, explore and problem solve to achieve their roles at Arup. Working with photographer James Champion a set of unique portraits and stories were developed to share amongst the wider Arup community. Completed 12/2009 Client - Arup Location - 13 Fitzroy St. Arup
ARUP Facades Engineering ‘Optimise’ - Exhibition
Event Timeline Activities
Sketchbook - drawing, modelling, and thinking
• Generative tools and design seminars
TRIZ Basic talk on creative tool sets
The Tool box - creative tools
Left Side Window
Recruitment focused event
• Video season of tests of material and structures
The Language of materials - being true to the material qualities May
1000 Zinc Die-Casting Alloys Wrought Magnesium Alloys
Polychloroprene (Neoprene, CR)
Rigid Polymer Foam (LD)
Natural light, light games - a look at natural lighting 1e-3
July Full-scale prototypes and products shown outside.
Young’s modulus (GPa) Copyright © Superblue Design Ltd. 2008
Design week talks and seminars-specific projects and architects.
Design Week, 100%Design - FRP Project
Critical Mass - an exploration of sustainable issues. December
• Exhibition space
Copyright Superblue Design Ltd 2007, all images care of ARUP
The Art of Perception - The essence of a design
Further exhibitions have explored ARUP designers knowledge of materials. Currently the space is displaying ‘Optimise’ projects using generative design and optimisation tools from the lighting department. A year long engagement the project aims is to promote the work of the designs both internally within ARUP and externally to clients, partners and prospective recruits. Covering 6 different themes and 6 exhibitions the consultancy process aims to highlight the unique approach ARUP designers and engineers bring to challenging construction projects. Exhibitions: The Toolbox Optimise Critical Mass The Language of Materials Light Fantastic The Art of Perception
‘It Starts From Here’ - an exhibition of proposals and new ideas in response to the De La Warr Pavilion - 22 June - 9 September at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
Working with Samsonite in Japan Superblue have produced a range of new campaign materials for the new Aero-PC Frame â€œWhiteâ€? model. All reminiscent of holidays and summer resorts of a by-gone age.
Runwell Forensic Psychiatric Hospital Bespoke furniture pieces using steel and concrete starts the way-finding strategy to a complex secure health environment.
Runwell Forensic Psychiatric Hospital Superblue has been commissioned to work on the main entrance and way finding feature at Runwell Hospital. Within this project, seating and lighting is incorporated into the new build Forensic Psychiatric Unit. Using a leaf pattern for each path through the hospital and a range of hues the patterns which collide as the paths cross and divide take people to specific wards and destinations. Completed 07/2009 Client - South East Partnership Trust Location - Runwell Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
Colley Park Sheffield (2007) Proposal for new football stopping skyline fencing system
the social landscape of colley park 2.3 Entry proposals for a ball stopping fence at Sheffield Colley Park. The spider fence was created with the view of the skyline in mind by creating strong sculptural upright features which would create dramatic silhouetted profiles. The ball stopping material is made from a spider mesh of steel wire which when up close would provide a textured appearance and interest but would fade when viewed from a distance.
Panoramic views from ridge
C D B A
Open view over valley to Parson Cross Park
Panoramic views from ridge
Existing views within Colley park largely are dictated by the landform, as the elevated position provides open views across the surrounding area. Sometimes all you can see in the park is the sky and ridges of grass and trees. This is a surprising quality given the urban context of the park and o ff ers a rea l sense of f reedom a nd connect ion t o nat ure. The terraced nature of the park creates enclosed spaces that have controlled views out of the park and across the park itself. This is an asset, as it provides the opportunity for various uses, purposes and atmospheres to coincide harmoniously. However, despite the local enclosure of some views, the majority of the park is overlooked, providing a positive safety aspect.
Character Areas: Distinction within the park relates to the landform and amenity provision. The far western end of the park (A) is dominated by sports facilities, with limited opportunity to sit or congregate as a spectator or bystander. The central area (B) is distinguished by its elevated position, and includes a variety of uses as a football pitch, a play area and a ? tness platform. There are currently no elements to unify these di ff erent uses and physical qualities, or provision to observe all three in comfort. The far eastern end of the park (C and D) is de ? ned by its sunken landform and enclosed character. This area has some sinuous structured planting and pathways which form a slight character divide. There is an opportunity for a more e ff ective, creatively designed space to a accommodate the local need for interesting walks, usable green spaces and habitat provision.
As the fence primarily designed to stop balls2.3 thewas social landscape of colley park each panel was offset to allow people to walk freely through without reducing the protection created by the fences. Client - Sheffield County Council Location - Colley Park Sheffield C
Parks and Play
B A Figure 2.19 Open view over valley to Parson Cross Park
draft - colley park masterplan
Goodwood Gate 2006 Leaf Shelters 12m x 2m Aluminium electronically controlled sliding School gate meeting playground meeting shelters.
Leaf Shelters Working with Churchfield School Leaf shelters creates a space for parents and children to meet and shelter in the playground. Using glowing edge acrylic the shelters glow in the day time. Some of the leaves are mirrored on the underneath to create an animated space through different qualities of light. The project aimed to engage staff, students, parents, and artists in a creative exchange through creative practice and participation. Client - Churchfield School Enfield Location - Churchfield School Enfield
Ella Doran retail shop design. Bespoke furniture pieces, lighting and remodelling
A fresh new interior and a range of unique display furniture have been created for Ella Doran East London offices and shop. Using CNC cut laminated birch plywood to create an adaptable display system. Shelves use different laminates on different sides so displays can be easily adapted just by the flick of a shelf. A bespoke dining table sits in the middle of the space to display the many tableware items sold at Ella Doran and is available to be commissioned. Storage, desks and counter tops were created to provide a retail and work space for Ella Dorans team. The shops walls and floors were also painted and stained to contribute to this bright and fresh new look. Client - Ella Doran Location - Cheshire Street, London
ITV Front Loader Trolley Part of the bespoke range of furniture developed for ITV Creative Offices, Greys Inn Road
The ‘Front Loader’ is a new office product from Superblue. Ideal for hot desking environments, offices or workshops. Its unique sliding top allows access to all the draws simultaneously. With clean and contemporary styling the ‘Front Loader’ can be personalised to your requirements with a choice of internal and external powder coating finishes. In a recent project with ITV television laser cut identity branding was added to the front of each trolley and magnetic signage was used by employees to personalise them further. Made from powder coated steel, non marking castors and stainless steel fixtures. Size H680 x W350 x D530 Client - ITV Location - Grey’s Inn Rd, London
Modular Exhibition System. Hidden Art 100% Design 2006 -120sqm stand also used in Milan Salone and Homes and Gardens
The MODULAR EXHIBITION SYSTEM, a flexible, durable and professional solution specially designed to meet the exhibition needs of any organisation. The system: IS visually strong IS easy to assemble IS painless to transport and store
The MODULAR EXHIBITION SYSTEM provides a fresh setting for each new venue, large or small. The personalised branding, the attention to detail and high quality materials will show the organisation and the work at its best. The innovative design will give the right impression time and again. Comprising four different plinth sizes and three branded signature pieces, table, stool and desk, a fluid layout can be created. Fabricated from laser cut, box pressed and powder coated metal, it is hard wearing with a crisp and clean appearance
Sesame promotional folder. 2007 Bespoke design and branding
Superblue has worked with Sesame, the financial services company, to developed a series of marketing products to display and communicate there message. Bespoke sales folders were developed for the marketing and management of Sesame to present a professional and new image for the company. Made from hard wearing A.B.S. acrylic with a foam interior each folder could be personalised for each team member. The sales literature was developed by graphics team Bond and Coyne Associates.
Entheo Office Interior Design 2007 Flexible hot desking environment with adaptable meeting rooms. Lighting solutions.
A new office design promoting ENTHEO, a innovation consultancy, whose approach of Energy, Creativity, Collaboration and Strategy need to be reflected in their working environment. Working with all staff members, freelancers and associates through a series of consultations Superblue visually represented ENTHEOâ€™s working practices and transferred this into there working environment. Through a staged design and install process the space has been allowed to involve and be personalised and taken ownership by the staff.
Hertsmere Community Spaces 2009 3 Community shelters in 3 parks across â€˜The Waveâ€™ - Brighton Marina Hertsmere Borough Council Interactive water sculpture
perspective. An experience which can be had from the seat of your car. Our sculpture will react to the cars, their noise, their speed giving a beautiful and relatable
The fountains reflect the flow of traffic. Creating a wave which follows the cars around their short
experience to each driver and passenger that passes. So waiting in front of or flowing
journey at the site. The traffic density, noise and presence creating a reactive water sculpture.
around the site will be reflected by the sculpture. The fountain is triggered by the properties of the cars e.g. their colour and sound. This is then
transferred into the kinetic energy of the water. Through the motion of the fountain and lighting the sculpture would display each drivers journey.
40 water fountains with a light source will be installed along the boarder of the roundabout. Each fountain can be triggered individually. If there are no cars at the roundabout the fountains will be very low, if a car is approaching a single fountain the water is splashing up to a height of two meters. If the car has passed the water height will go down to the low position. Thus a waveform will be created by a car passing by. A lot of cars will create a very lifely fountain. During the night the water sculpture will be emphazised by illumination. sensor
â€˜The Waveâ€™ roundabout competition - 1st Prize, Brighton Marina, UK
osal for a reactive water sculpture at Marina in Brighton
erblue Design Ltd. and Petra Trefzger 2002
enhancing the usual banal experience for the driver into something magical giving each passenger a personal experience with the piece
Approach to the roundabout. Stopping and looking right, waiting to catch a wave, a gap in the traffic around the circle. The build up, the intensity, revving the engine. The fountain reflects this moment and reacts. Either the build up of frustration queing up to the roundabout or the free flow of traffic around it the fountain will respond in height and colour.
cars approaching Accelerating away - you have caught the wave.
"again, again !"
Brighton Marina Roundabout, July 2002 cabriolet has caught a wave
ndabout has many different rythms of traffic depending on time of day and n you approach. Weather you are driving into or out of the marina area, Sunday g at Asdas or heading to work, there are many different flows and patterns of e saw the site at Brighton Marina as predominantly for vehicles. There are only estrian walk ways and little human traffic at the site.
s in mind we wanted to create a sculpture for the driver and passengers tive. An experience which can be had from the seat of your car. Our sculpture t to the cars, their noise, their speed giving a beautiful and relatable nce to each driver and passenger that passes. So waiting in front of or flowing he site will be reflected by the sculpture.
With this in mind we wanted to create a sculpture for the driver and passengers perspective. An experience which can be had from the seat of your car. Our sculpture will react to the cars, their noise, their speed giving a beautiful and relatable experience to each driver and passenger that passes. So waiting in front of or owing around the site will be reacted by the sculpture concept.
drivers experience The fountains reflect the flow of traffic. Creating a wave which follows the cars around their short journey at the site. The traffic density, noise and presence creating a reactive water sculpture.
three cars surfing
The fountain is triggered by the properties of the cars e.g. their colour and sound. This is then transferred into the kinetic energy of the water. Through the motion of the fountain and lighting the sculpture would display each drivers journey.
The roundabout has many different rhythms ofsculpture offers a un a site specific and time specific traffic depending on time of day and direction you approach. Weather you are driving into or out of the marina area, Sunday shopping at Asdas or heading to work, there are many different flows and patterns of traffic. We saw the site at Brighton Marina as predominantly for vehicles. There are only two pedestrian walk ways and little human traffic at the site.
fountains with a light source will be installed along the boarder of the out. Each fountain can be triggered individually. If there are no cars at the out the fountains will be very low, if a car is approaching a single fountain the splashing up to a height of two meters. If the car has passed the water height own to the low position. Thus a waveform will be created by a car passing by. cars will create a very lifely fountain. During the night the water sculpture will hazised by illumination.
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a site specific and time specific sculpture offers a unique and beautiful experience
he usual banal experience for the driver into something magical giving each passenger a personal experience with the piece
40 water fountains with a light source will be installed along the boarder of the roundabout. Each fountain can be triggered individually. If there are no cars at the roundabout the fountains will be very low, if a car is approaching a single fountain the water is splashing up to a height of two meters. If the car has passed the water height will go down to the low position. Thus a waveform will be created by a car passing by. A lot of cars will create a very lively fountain. During the night the water sculpture will be emphasised by illumination.
Blue-Sky Learning Space (2007) Proposal for new learning spaces
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Seasonal beds and water feature Auditorium space
The garden classroom
Benches, seats and study areas
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Raised planting beds Planting Copyright © Superblue Design Ltd. 2007
The key feature of the garden is the 6 raised modular benches which create a central auditorium. Each bed is made from wooden sleepers and each can be planted differently to reflect the curriculum, activity or season.
Flower and grassed beds
Slate panels will be attached to each bed to provide information and be used for drawing on. Planting gaps will be left to soften the structures and provide habitat for a wider variety of plants. UP
Interactive Seasonal Beds Summer
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Blue-Sky Learning Space
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Heathlands Primary School Slate boards and signposts for students to draw and leave work on
Superblue were invited by Heathlands Primary School to explore and design a new outdoor explorative learning space. A classroom outside for all the age ranges and the variety of curriculum of the school. The ‘Blue-Sky Learning Space’ encourages exploration, collaboration and learning throughout the school year.
Around the edge of the space will be raised beds with planting which reflects seasonal changes. .
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Chiming Tree Donation Box Each branch produces a different chiming ditty when a coin is donated. Play the branches together to create a tune.
Published on Jan 27, 2011