Meet the Designer: Factory Twenty One
Our new blog feature ‘Meet the Designer’ was inspired by our work with the talented designers involved in our debut Capsule Collection. The collection of exclusive designs, which launched with the publication of Warehouse Home Issue Two, was inspired by the latest interior trends and is only available via the Warehouse Home shop.
We’ve previously interviewed shipping container based The Shipping Press, textile designer Made by Mrs M and design studio Ink Works. This week, we’ve had the opportunity to catch up with Factory Twenty One.
Inspired by medieval furniture and with a degree in furniture and product design, Christopher Berry founded Factory Twenty One with the aim of producing affordable eco-friendly household products.
Christopher kindly took some time out from sanding to speak to us.
1. Tell us about the inspiration for your most recent designs.
The plywood planter and oak iPad holder designed for the Warehouse Home collection both naturally evolved from two existing products, the iPhone holder and hanging wall planters. The existing products had proved a demand for further, similar products. And the Warehouse Home collaboration was the perfect opportunity to explore these new designs. The hanging wall planter was originally conceived with a slightly different purpose, but was refined to this version and completed with the addition of a fluorescent hanging cord.
2. Tell us about your journey as a designer.
Design was always my strong point at school, so a move into design felt natural. I studied furniture and product design at university and had worked for my father’s company between college and university.
3. Which designers inspire you the most?
It’s not so much designers that inspire me but more designs, materials and manufacture. I like a lot of Benjamin Hubert’s work and vision. But I’m most fascinated by craftsmanship and particularly designs formed from wood.
4. Tell us about your favourite design to date.
My favourite design collection was the pallet lamp shades. They were designed at a point when I was on a strict budget – and pallets were free and readily available. The design is simple, flat-packed, relatively cheap to ship and simple to construct without the need for tools. The addition of colour was a quirky twist for a plain wooden pallet. I’m also really proud of The Unique Collection, one-off pieces handmade from oak, mahogany and pallet wood.*
*We’ve written about The Unique Collection previously on mywarehousehome.com
5. What does the future hold for Factory Twenty One?
That’s a hard one! I plan to keep adding to the Factory Twenty One collection and taking up new opportunities that come about. The goal is for more of the public to know about our work.
Thank you to Chris for his time!
Factory Twenty One collaborated with Warehouse Home to create the iPad Holder and Plywood Planter, using a combination of traditional manufacturing techniques and modern processes. The iPad holder is a perfect desk accessory but it could also be used in the kitchen for referring to on-screen recipes and growing herbs for favourite recipes.
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