#AskDeadgood - “if you could collaborate with anyone; designer, manufacturer, supplier, who would it be and why?” _@tomleslie

This was a question that we have put to our Deadgood Family, as we all have individual inspirations and aspirations.


Li-En Yeung - Deadgood Designer

"I would most like to collaborate with Isokon Plus.

Isokon is a company with a rich history that was founded over 80 years ago with a vision to promote very modern products: designs that I think are still as striking, relevant and innovative today as they were back then. Looking through their catalogue, they are still making a lot of the same products that they were back in the 1930s and they are still going strong today, which is testament to their forward thinking (something they share with Deadgood?!).

Donkey Magazine Rack © Isokon Plus

Donkey Magazine Rack © Isokon Plus

When I think of them, I also think of them as being a very British company. Their workshop is in Hackney Wick, just under 4 miles away from our London office. Like Deadgood, they are a small company promoting the best in British craftsmanship. They collaborate with the very best contemporary designers from both the UK - Ernest Race up to the Barber Osgerby and Michael Sodeau - but have also done so, from the beginning, with like-minded designers from abroad - Egon Riss, Marcel Breur and Shin and Tomoko Azumi. The way Isokon works is representative of multicultural Britain: constantly evolving and advancing as it assimilates influences and ideas from everywhere. It seems, to me, to encapsulate a very modern, British way of thinking; one with an international mindset. 

Shell Chair by Barber & Osgerby for Isokon Plus © Barber & Osgerby

Shell Chair by Barber & Osgerby for Isokon Plus © Barber & Osgerby

Another thing that strikes me is that they deal mostly with bent ply. Britain itself has a long history of furniture-making, and a certain expectation or aesthetic that comes with it. I admire Isokon because they have gone against the grain, in a way, staying true to their progressive and pan-European values.

They stand for quality and longevity, things that Deadgood strive for, and they do what they do very well."


Vicki Leach - Deadgood Design Manager

"To create unusual and innovative concepts and experiences, I would quite like to work with brands and individuals from outside the world of furniture, lighting and product.

Charles and Ray Eames posing with chair bases© Eames Office LLC

Charles and Ray Eames posing with chair bases© Eames Office LLC

Charles & Ray Eames are one of my biggest influences and the duo pretty much created everything from furniture to film, toys and sculpture. Experimenting in different disciplines made their work exciting, innovative and more than certainly fed back into other aspects of their careers.  In a way this is everything that I wish for as well. I want to play photographer, animator, music maker, fashion designer, book maker...the list goes on. Let's not be confined to a degree, but experiment and explore every genre of creativity in all of its guises.

The best collaborations come from people of different backgrounds and education. Like baking a new type of cake with freshly discovered ingredients, ideas can come from unimaginable places. Why not combine design with with kazoo players, beer brewers and poets? We could push our boundaries, make ourselves uncomfortable and challenge our ideals to become more forward thinking and inclusive.

Martin Creed at the Hayward Gallery. Photos by Linda Nylind.

Martin Creed at the Hayward Gallery. Photos by Linda Nylind.

So perhaps I would like to collaborate with any inspirational persons or companies who hold a different skillset and approach to the every day: Nike, Hattie Newman, Penguin Books, Noma Bar, Martin Creed, Kate Moross, Daft Punk, Cadbury, United Visual Artists, engineers, nurses, scientists, graffiti artists, The Queen ....."


Dan Ziglam - Deadgood Co-Founder & Director

"MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 

Eero Saarinen's Kresge Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Eero Saarinen's Kresge Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Working with a world leader in research and technology could help us develop the next idea that could change the world or very least the furniture industry!"


Elliot Brook - Deadgood Co-Founder & Director

"As a company we love collaborating with people – people who have managed to find their way through the myriad scope of possibility in order to find their passion and realise their true potential. Anyone really who has the conviction to trust their instinct and their own ability, those people who are brave enough to challenge convention and not be fearful of standing out from the crowd.

Moooi Collection © Moooi B.V. - Photo by Peer Lindgreen

Moooi Collection © Moooi B.V. - Photo by Peer Lindgreen

When we first started our business we were very much inspired by the Dutch company Moooi and have drawn a lot of inspiration from the vision and values of company founders Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers throughout the years. I think they’d be a great company to collaborate with; their creative approach, product installations, art direction and product mix are truly reflective of a company that aims to buck the traditions and perceived trends within our industry."

Moooi Collection © Moooi B.V.

Moooi Collection © Moooi B.V.