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Psalt Design is a Sheffield based design studio specialising in unique, well-crafted furniture and product design. A collaboration between Richard Bell, Thomas McKeown and David Powell, Psalt Design work together to produce several collections per year as well as working on a client and commission basis.
Our manifesto is to create contemporary and highly desirable products through small batch production that are all sourced and manufactured in Britain.
Through our studio practice we are keen to work on live projects with clients on a commission basis. We are currently working on commissions for the opening of a new studio complex for Yorkshire Artspace and also collaborative work with local artists and designers in the thriving art and design scene in the city.
Initially our work has centered on celebrating the rich history of traditional design processes and industrial manufacturing techniques associated with the North, We hope to maintain and develop new links and contacts within the design industry in areas that compliment our belief in good design. One of our main aims is creating unique and desirable furniture and design products that embody the traditions associated with quality products designed and manufactured in Britain.
As well as being available on our website, our products are soon to be stocked in a range of galleries, boutiques and shops nationwide.
The Bubble Tank
The Bubble Tank is part of our first product range from Psalt Design that focuses on products and kitchenware for the home. We are currently working on a new collection to be unveiled in the new year.
Fish tanks and aquariums are often the main attraction in a room, however it is usually the fish themselves that are the focal point rather than the tank. The Bubble Tank aims to question this by creating an aesthetical, as well as functional, product aimed to provoke a reaction, conversation or interaction between the owner and any guests. The concept developed as a response to spotting a gap in the market for a design conscious tank which is as much an attraction as the fish that are living in it.
The form came as a result of experimenting with a range of processes involved in the manipulation of glass, in particular, glass blowing and glass slumping, both of which can give glass an organic or molten like appearance.
Inspiration also came from the distortion and illusion that can be created through water and glass. The final organic form aimed to replicate a bead of water which was
about to flow over the edge of the surface it was resting on. Taking into consideration the material and the fact it is resting on its counter-balanced weight, the fragility of the product is reiterated.
The initial prototypes were commissioned and made at the ‘National Glass Centre’ in Sunderland which were shown at a range of galleries and exhibitions including ‘New Designers’, London, ‘Fish and Chips Twice Please?!’, Vienna and at the ‘New Design Britain Awards’ stand where it was awarded runner-up in the accessories category.
Since then the tank has been put into batch production with the manufacture of a steel mould meaning that identical tanks can be produced and sold. These tanks are to be unveiled As part of ‘Design Event’. The dimensions of these tanks not only give a new look to the product but also help with functionality.