Anything Collection Stationery
Landscapes of functionality
Form and function are very closely related to one another and every well-designed product interprets this relation in its own often highly individual approach. “Each product serves its function, while addressing issues/changes within its environment,” explains the designer of the Anything Collection, Michael Sodeau. According to this maxim, he created a formally well-balanced assortment of objects for the desk. The idea was to create an architectural landscape with the elements of this collection, and the longer one lets their forms work their magic, the clearer it becomes that this is exactly what their design achieves. The scissors, the clock and the tape dispenser are each self-contained in their form – yet they complement each other into a harmonious unit. An important guiding line for the design was freedom of form to create a product collection that wants to adapt to the demands of today’s offices. The design mirrors this openness; the forms of cubist as well as organic appeal showcase elements of retro design in a highly idiosyncratic interpretation. The colour choice of yellow, white, orange and black further enhance this impression. A highly interesting solution are the scissors plus base: highly consistent in their individual forms, these two elements blend into a unity so that the scissors, which rest well in the hand, seem to formally flow into the shape of the base. A Japanese Samurai Tanto sword served as the inspiration for the combination of the scissors and base part which – just like that sword’s sheath and handle – appear to seamlessly flow one into the other.