Must-have designs now on sale Words: Louisa Pearson

ulie Kelly has taken a break from blowing up an inflatable chill-out room. The Danish design (think tranquil igloo) fits up to four people and is just one of the products on sale at the Lighthouse‘ new retail outlet. Form. As retail manager. Kelly has the enviable job of searching the UK for the coolest. most imaginative design products around. ‘ln visiting the trade shows my objective is to look at what‘s going to appeal to a wide audience] she says. That doean mean the products aren‘t diverse. but it does mean you can find £3 linger puppets as easily as a £250 Alessi kettle. ‘There's things

like the chill-out rooms that you might sell one of

every couple of months. then there‘s other things like little Japanese-style journals that we just can't stock enough of.‘ she says.

Glasgow designers Team Q were in charge of

transforming the former gallery space into three functional components: the Form shop. an office and a showroom for furniture gurus Vitra. Since the 50s Vitra has been producing classic designs by Charles and Ray liames. Philippe Starke and numerous other luminaries and this is its first Scottish venture. showcasing ergonomic design.

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stock includes scarves decorated with pistachio nuts

is working with the Scottish Arts (‘ouncil to promote craft—makers and designers and resource centre will be available to those who are desperately seeking. say. a cabinet maker or textile designer.

Kelly recently had a customer looking for a wooden phone. An unusual request and they

didn‘t have any in stock but with a bit of

research the item was located. Kelly stresses that if people are searching for a particular item they‘ll do their best to find a supplier.

So what‘s in stock at present‘.’ A big selection from Italian makers Alessi. glasswork from Notoriani. scarves by Susie Freeman decorated with pistachio nut shells. sequins and seashells. a ‘slide light” from Stick [K which you can slot 25 of your own photo slides into. ceramics by Geraldine McCioyne and loads more.

Kelly feels that Form is an interactive experience with a clear aim: ‘We want to be able to bring design into people‘s lives through products.‘

Form, the Lighthouse, 1 1 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, 0141 221 6362.

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