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TOM BUTTERFIELD Furniture + Product Designer


Hello! I am a graduate from Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, having studied Design for Industry. I have completed internships at companies such as Foster + Partners, Mizzi Studio, Interbrand, Tom Dixon, Normann Copenhagen and my most recent at Johannes Torpe Studio. Studying design has taught me to be more free and expressive in my work and has encouraged me to stretch my creative boundaries. I have learnt that it is often better to make mistakes and learn through positive criticism than to stay safe and do what I know best. Generating an idea and researching its potential is very exciting. Developing the ideas and sketching is a process that I love to do and I enjoy witnessing the concepts going through their different stages solving problems and coming up with different solutions – how things can come to life from the drawing board to the final product is very rewarding. I also enjoy the practical element too, being in the workshop with the tools and choosing and working with the most suitable materials to carefully ensure the best results. Looking into the future I see myself working within a design consultancy, dealing with clients, working on their briefs and solving their commercial design issues. I like structure and perform well under pressure. I can see myself working in a studio environment and sharing my qualities with others in the team.

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Contact details: 19 Ember Lane, Esher, Surrey KT10 8EA United Kingdom M: +44 (0) 7913 541 480 E: tombutterfield@outlook.com Skype: tom.butterfield53

Education: 2013/17 Northumbria University Design for Industry BA Hons 2012/13 Kingston University Foundation Course Pass with distinction 2010/12 Esher College A levels Art, 3D Design, Sports & Leisure 2007/10 Shiplake College GCSE passes in 9 subjects

Skills, awards and interests Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe Indesign Solid Works Rhino Keyshot Sketching Model Making Football - Cycling Tennis - Snowboarding Duke of Edinburgh Silver Full UK Driving License

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2 Month Internship

5 Month Internship

2 Month Internship 2016

5 Month Internship 2016

6 Month Internship 2017/18

6 Month Internship 2018

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TLC

Eclipse

City Park Cafe

Northumbria University FMP

Delight in Light Competition

RSA Student Awards

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TLC table + light + chair

TLC - a unique piece of furniture that would combine three of the most essential elements in a home - table, light and chair. 008


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01 TABLE + LIGHT + CHAIR TLC originates from research showing that rising property prices have made home ownership harder to achieve with the result that renting is becoming the norm for younger generations. I feel that one’s furniture is a very personal statement, and can differ dramatically from person-toperson as a true expression of themselves. You may not need to own a lot, but it’s a small pleasure to have your own pieces. The project started as an exploration of how to achieve a sense of personal space within a shared environment. Furniture can give you a sense of ownership and belonging, and make you feel secure in your surroundings. The project then evolved into an exploration of how furniture can create a sense of personal space more generally and not just in a domestic setting. From this I wanted to create a unique piece of furniture that would combine three of the most essential elements – table, light and chair. The piece is an assemblage, which hybridizes the three elements yet each part retains its own archetypal character when joined together. Table + Light + Chair is combining three different pieces of furniture into one.

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The different elements add something extra to the chair. For example the small table offers a space for personal belongings, such as an unfinished book, your phone or glasses, while the lamp bathes the sitter in light to create an intimately illuminated zone.

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Fitted within the seat is a pressure pad switch that will activate the light. The concept is to give the impression that the chair recognises you, it’s your chair, it’s your space. I see this furniture piece being used in many different types of locations, not necessarily just in a residential setting. It could be used in commercial environments such as office waiting areas, hotel lobbies, schools, airports and other locations where it could help to create a sense of personal space. Its visual and structural purity is aimed at blending within most interior areas as a harmonious piece of modern furniture. 013


VALIDATORS “Table + Light + Chair is a calm considered and beautifully detailed collision of three basic elements of furnishing. The three functions are combined into an architectural intervention that manages a tricky concept into a convincing resolution. Although initially conceived as a domestic object directed at shared living space, it works better as a means of managing smaller corporate or hospitality spaces in a tidy yet sculptural way. The integral seating light switch could be initially disconcerting but nevertheless provides a playful element to a serious composition of essential elements in a lobby, a corridor or waiting room.”

“Tom has taken a typology that had the potential to be overly complex and created a simple and refined product with an element of fun TABLE + LIGHT + CHAIR tells its story in a clear manner.

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The functionality of the lamp could be further developed to make it directional or adjustable. The product has the potential to be expanded further to create “personal spaces” with functions designed specifically for different types of rooms, or use modular elements to create a system.” Sam Stotesbury - Head Engineer at Tom Dixon Studio

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01 - TLC - Table + Light + Chair - Northumbria University Final Major Project

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TLC - table + light + chair

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Delight in Light - A lighting design competition set by the LIA - Lighting Industry Association. 018


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ECLIPSE The Eclipse light is an indoor wall mounted light, which is designed to look elegant in any home. The light will be 50mm thick until it is activated, when it will grow to 205mm. There are two rings, one outer and one inner. When approaching the light you’ll wave your hand in front of the inner circle and that will activate the light into operation. The centre circle will slowly extend outwards into the room stretching the fabric and ultimately turning the light on. Behind the inner circle will be six small LED lights, which will shine back onto a reflective surface, bouncing the light, back out into the room. The further the arm extends the circle the more surface area the LED lights will cover ultimately producing more light. To turn the light off you’ll use the same action used to turn it on by waving your hand closely to the inner circle which will retract the arm back into the main body lying completely flush.

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Components

Fabric - Lycra

Sensitive Touch Switch Front Panel - Wood LEDs x6

Scissor Lift

Reflective Surface Back Panel - Wood Rim - Optional Scissor Lift Motor

Cable & Plug

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Dimensions

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RSA - Design an inclusive building, place, or space so that it is easily and comfortably accessed and used by everyone. 026


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03 - City Park Cafe - RSA Inclusive Cities

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03 CITY PARK CAFE For this brief I’ve designed a pop-up cafe with an upper natural space for local workers to escape to during their short meal breaks. It will be a peaceful and calm sanctuary which I aim to simulate the atmosphere of eating out in a London park. From my research I found that many workers in London would choose to leave their stressful working environments during their lunch breaks. However, many didn’t have anywhere to go which led to them staying in their offices or at their desks and not benefiting from a change of scenery that would allow them to re-energise themselves. On the ground floor the cafe will be small, serving a limited food and drink. People will be allowed to bring their own lunch into the cafe, but will have to purchase an item to be able to sit upstairs. Above will be a 5m by 7m structure made from timber and covered in living plants which would be a natural and calming feature in the dull grey city. It will help define the café as a brand and to stand out in its urban context, attracting people’s attention.

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5% OF GREATER LONDON IS PUBLIC PARKS

23% OF WORKERS EAT THIER LUNCH IN A PARK 77% DON’T BECAUSE TOO FAR TO TRAVEL NOT A LONG ENOUGH BREAK THE WEATHER TOO BUSY AT WORK PARKS TOO BUSY AND LOUD

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The concept idea is that you will go and sit upstairs which will have noise cancelling acoustics reducing the outside noise. You will relax and look directly out of the top of the cube which will channel your view into the clear blue sky. I intend the building to be easily assembled as a ‘flat-pack-pop-upshop-café’ which will be easy to transported from one location to another. Several cafes can be set up around London within the day. The living walls will be planted and irrigated automatically allowing them time to grow. The cafe furniture will be brought in separately. The main structure will be made from painted timber and will be assembled using heavy duty bolts. The parts will fit together seamlessly giving the structure clean appearance and very easy to put together.

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My café design will be a unique business for small start up companies whom wish to own their own compact and portable restaurant. It will be a good oppportunity for young businesses to get a feel for what it will be like to run your own restaurant and also be a good chance to try out new recipes for the local workers. The cafes will be set up around London and you’ll have a maximum of two months ownership. Once this period expires you’ll have the chance to move location or extend your stay.

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ECHO Echo is conceived around voice recognition technology and will become your desktop assistant. He will listen to your spoken commands and send audiovisual information to your specified contacts. He is programmable to allow as many personalised tasks to be performed accessed by hands free instruction. Echo will remind you of your day to day tasks to keep you organised. He will become your true buddy.

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My Insight - Audio Messaging A desk buddy who will send short audio messages to others within your studio through voice command. 04 - Echo - Seymourpowell

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Meet Echo

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Tom - Hey Echo Echo - Hello Tom - Can I send a message to George Greenhill? Echo - Of course, record your message after my beep *pause* (beep) Tom - Hi George, I’ll meet you out the front in 10 for some lunch

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Echo - Okay sent Echo - Anything else I can help you with? Tom - No that’s all thanks.

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Seven Stories - Design and develop an offer that will help Seven Stories to engage with there target audience. 048


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SEVEN STORIES As a group we decided to present our three different concepts through the eyes of a fictitious character, who in this case will resemble a child. Our concept is that a small mouse called ‘Arnie’ will play with the child and they will visit Seven Stories with his family. We decided this would be the best and most effective way to deliver our ideas. Arnie will experience the different concepts and will demonstrate how each idea is to be used.

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Concept 1

Arnie took an adventure through the seven wall stories space

Where he recreated the key scenes from his favourite story drawing them on the walls

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7 Wall Story Room

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Concept 2

Arnie chose a book on his first visit to seven stories

He took the book home and hardly put it down.

A week later, Arnie returned to seven stories and was taught how to make a stop motion.

He then made his favourite character from the story out of clay

Arnie then photographed his model and made his seven second story

Arnie uploaded his clip to the ‘Seven Second Stories’ Vine account

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Concept 3

Arnie looks at the illustration on the wall and starts writing a story based on what he see’s

Arnie stuck his work on the wall to the side of the illustration

Arnie’s story was chosen by the seven stories team and was framed and displayed!

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HALF Half - Design our own brief based on the word ‘half’ and create a set of unexpected dual function products. 056


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HALF The individual products shown were carefully selected objects that I decided to combine together as one. I developed a variety of different techniques to join the objects seamlessly as if they were supposed to be one product. Once attached I wanted to find a way of coating the surface in a continuous finish to make them look like they were one. I considered spray painting or rubber coating them, but then decided to use a flock finish to create their new appearance. I selected a vibrant blue colour as this would help the objects really stand out in a distinct way. 058


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BRULLET

MICROBRUSH

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PING TONG MARACEESE SPOEZER LADISK


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07 _+_= This design concept is based around a writing pen and the different functions that a single pen can provide. I liked the idea of a pen being much more than just a writing instrument but something that can store memory. I wanted to create a pen that would be a essential daily tool that you wouldn’t leave the house without. The most important items that everyone takes with them are keys, wallet and phone and I wanted to target this market with my pen and make them realise that this pen is also an essential daily item. The concept behind the idea is that you’ll buy your pen as a simple yet sophisticated writing instrument that is desirable to people who appreciate good design and like to collect this type of product. You would be able to buy different ‘extensions’ that can slot into the top of your pen each providing a unique function. The technology within the extensions is extremely complex and the power capability is impressive for their size. The extensions will connect magnetically to the ‘brain’ which will be located three quarters of the way down the pens shaft. Once these two are connected together the different functions will activate. The materials I have chosen are solid aluminium and gold plated stainless steel as I will be targeting the premium end of the market. 066


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Grow Grow - Design a new piece of furniture that would evolve with the children as they grow up giving it an extended use. 070


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GROW The piece of furniture that I have designed is a children’s bunk bed that converts into a more sophisticated four poster bed for adult use. Families tend to buy their children bunk beds when they are younger because it is a good space saving solution rather than buying two separate beds which would take up double the amount of space. The two beds are stacked on top of one another creating upper and lower bunks. Throughout my research I found out that the children soon grow out of having their older or younger siblings sharing the same room and sleeping in bunks. I discovered that as they grow older and begin to have more of an opinion of interior design a bunk bed is not their preference. So I’ve developed a solution that will mean they won’t have to throw out the old bunk bed, but instead they can simply transform the bunk bed into a more attractive four poster bed. 072


Bunk Bed

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Four Poster Bed


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09 TOM DIXON INTERNSHIP In 2016 I completed an internship at Tom Dixon, which was one of the best working experiences I’ve had. This was the first time that I felt like I was doing the sort of work that I really love. My previous internships have all been great and have learnt a great deal from them, but Tom Dixon opened my eyes to the furniture and lighting industry. I had a range of different responsibilities working in the product and furniture design team. Tasks such as full scale model making, 3D cad drawing and designing new concepts for there 2018 range. My time was split between working in the design studio and in the workshop. A big role that I was given was to model all the new furniture and lighting range that was coming out in the Milan Design Week 2017. The concepts where given to me and it was my job to go and model them the best I could. Furniture and lighting such as the new S chair, new Beat Light shapes, The Bird Chair, Cut Tall Pendant lights and many more. Being able to work closely with Tom was amazing. Sitting in on meetings and presenting my work from the previous week to him was great. I learnt a huge amount of Tom and his team and an experience I’ll never forget.

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NORMANN COPENHAGEN INTERNSHIP In September 2017 I moved to Copenhagen to work for Normann Copenhagen for 6 months. My daily role was to produce new design concepts for their accessories range inspired by Mid Century design. I was given four projects at once with inspirational images from current existing Mid Century designs, and would have to design new concepts using similar references. Overall I designed 8 different products ranging from figurines, desk and pendant lamps, trays, coat hangers etc. I spent the majority of the time sketching new ideas and drawing them up on solidworks. I would then render my different models using Keyshot. We would then get the designs 3D printed by their in house 3D printer. Once we were happy with the sizes and proportions, I would produce technical drawings to be sent to either Poland or China where they will be professionally prototyped in their chosen material. Working for Normann Copenhagen was a great experience and I loved living in a new country. 084


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JOHANNES TORPE INTERNSHIP After my internship at Normann Copenhagen, I decided to find another in Denmark and this time it was working for an Architectural Design Studio called Johannes Torpe Studio. The studio was mainly made up of interior designers and architects. I was the only in house furniture and product designer, this meant that my role felt more important as I had the final say on a lot of design decisions regarding the furniture designed for their new hotel concepts. My main project was to design a new modular sofa for a hotel they were designing in Iceland. I loved working closely with Johannes and the sofa is hoping to be made by Moroso in Italy which is very exciting! I had other smaller projects to work on such as a new range of side tables and a door handle range. I really enjoyed my time working here as I felt like I was important and a respected member of the team. Working closely with Johannes was very inspirational and I learnt a lot for him. 090


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email - tombutterfield@outlook.com

mobile - +44 (0) 7913 541 480

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