The Balmain Boat Company was launched in the spring of 2011. Since then, they have shipped boat kits to every state and territory in Australia and as far away as France and the United Kingdom. The boats are a testament to Simpson’s design acumen. They’re sold as flat sheets of timber that any pair of hands can transform into a watertight vessel. Still’s hands were two of the first to show how achievable it is – you can watch her progress on their website. They’re also cheap, functional and as elegant as anything you’ll see on the harbour or bay.
The boat kits are laser cut from certified sustainable-source marine ply and, when constructed, are just over two metres long (big enough to seat three adults). They can be fitted with sails, oars and outboard motors and there is a miniature version for kids that can be towed behind the ‘Classic’ model.
The design of the wooden clinker-built boats is a romanticised blend of ’40s-style rowboat with the contemporary clean lines and neat edges of computer-led wood-cutting. At 2.3 metres, they are big enough to fit three adults but small enough to pop on the roofracks of a small car. Cheaper and better-looking than your average tinny, the boats bring a stylish water lifestyle well within reach.
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Alaskan Rock is a small-batch artisanal vodka made in Australia with packaging and branding by Vert Design. The brief was to create a design that would have a masculine edge and reflect the brand’s strong and distinctive spirit.
The bottle design is made from black hand-finished Mexican glass with white-raised lettering and a distinctive sculptural punt.
Punts are a legacy of the glassblowing process that were made redundant by industrial glassmaking techniques. They now exist purely as an aesthetic detail. Vert’s team decided to exaggerate the punt’s formal qualities, creating a bottle with a sculptural form denoting an Alaskan mountain range.
The prototype was blown by a team of glassblowers at Canberra Glassworks and the finished design produced in Mexico.
Alaskan Rock was the winner of a D&AD packaging design award.
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Located in an old pie factory from the early 1900s, The Grounds of Alexandria is a flagship venue for specialty coffee. Vert Design worked with interior designer Caroline Choker to realise the custom design elements within the rustic café space and coffee roasting facility.
The studio designed and manufactured the brass and copper coffee silos used by café staff to store and dispense coffee beans; a beautiful hanging plant system; the barista’s bronze milk taps and also the light fittings. It is one of many project's in which Vert Design has worked to realise the bespoke elements of an interior designer's vision.
BioPak provides high quality and disposable eco-friendly packaging for the food service industry. The company initially engaged Vert Design to work with them on the design of a new series of biodegradable, pulp-based laksa bowls.
Rather than just duplicating existing disposable laksa bowl designs in more sustainable materials, Vert's designers took a different approach, redesigning the takeaway food delivery system to give food service providers more flexibility. The modular range of containers is stackable and supports a variety of serving sizes and product types. Bases and lids are interchangeable. The lids can even be flipped upside down to become foodservice vessels in their own right.
Improvements were also made to the vessel’s seals. Conventional laksa containers tend to leak. Vert’s clear lids incorporate a waterproof cellulose seal while the pulp lids feature a four-point click in tab system. Both were refined to be extra watertight so consumers can keep their laksa within its bowl rather than ending up with it all over their lap!
Art, wine and food make the perfect combination. This event for Art Gallery NSW members guided attendees through matching food and wine from the galleries head chef, and were provided a greater understanding of the regions the wines come from.
Members were served Taylor's wine from the wine bar we custom designed for the event, whilst enjoying a viewing of Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain.
There is a long tradition of scientists who are artists. Often by default, their artistic talents are acquired through a necessity to express their findings in a visual form. The latest PhD project from Colombian born Maria Fernando Cardoso, entitled The Museum of Copulatory Organs, is part of this tradition. Cardoso has embraced both traditional hands-on art processes and evolving technologies, like rapid 3D prototyping, to illustrate the microscopic world of insect penises.
Vert Design worked with Maria to CAD model the shapes and to work out an affordable and accurate method to recreate the organs using rapid prototyping processes. Animators were brought into create complex surface models that were then recreated as digital prints and 3D objects.
The project was a great challenge for our entire team but the complex research and development taught us a huge amount about SLS rapid prototyping processes. Our learnings have since been brought to other projects, where we have produced micro-drawings and micro-sculptures for exhibitions and projects, including the The Museum of Copulatory Organs (MoCO) which premiered at the Biennale of Sydney 2012, in a dilapidated building in Cockatoo Island, in the middle of the Sydney Harbour. It attracted more than a quarter of a million visitors, of all ages. MoCO’s collection consists of dozens of anatomically accurate models of what is dubbed by scientists as ‘genitalic extravagance’ among invertebrates. MoCO Museum is part an ongoing research project by artist Dr. Maria Fernanda Cardoso.
The museum also had a featured night at MCA Artbar where we attended and 3D printed more models at the event.
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Vert Design delved into completely new realms with this project. The studio was involved in the renovation of Sydney Planetarium designing a new dome for Australia’s oldest observatory.
The original dome had an internal structure that remained visible during the planetarium’s films screenings. Vert designed a new planetarium screen using projected fabric and 3D printed components. The structure now provides the perfect uninterrupted backdrop with which to explore the depths of the universe!
Cococut is an easy to use device that makes it easy and safe to cut open coconuts. Simply place the tool on top of the coconut, hold the base with one hand and turn the tap with the other. The coconut opening tool works like a saw, cutting the coconut shell and opening the coconut so you can get to the coconut meat inside along with drinking the fresh coconut milk.
Open your fresh coconuts easily and quickly, where ever you are. Much safer than using knives, the cococut makes it easy to access fresh coconut water for drinking or to open up coconuts for serving curries, salads and even breakfast in!
Available for purchase through Thomas Dux grocers nationally or buy direct from cococut.
Devised by Nadia Ahmad, Handvas was inspired by how designers hold up their work. The design was developed for those who want to display their prints and posters in a more engaging and creative way. The hands mount onto a wall, and the artwork is held securely between the thumb and forefingers.
Vert Design collaborated with Nadia to create an anthropometrically accurate CAD model that became the Handvas. The final product is 3D printed and produced in a polished finish.
Handvas is holding artwork by Luca Ionescu.
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Viajiyu was founded by Nicole Still, storyteller and entrepreneur. From Loveland, Ohio to Sydney, Australia via TIME Magazine in New York City. In Tokyo, Nicole started thinking about creating the perfect pair of flats for the modern woman. Conceives businesses, as well as, children. She's a doer and a creator and most of all a traveler.
Viajiyu invite women to design their own shoes, inspired by extraordinary life stories and the world's most beautiful places. Vert was approached by founder Nicole Still to create digital versions of the thousands of different styles of ballet flats that Viajiyu offers for customization. Immense attention to detail was taken to create realistic versions of the different materials and colours that can be chosen to give the user an accurate idea of what their individual shoe would look like.
The physical Viajiyu shoes are handmade in Italy, using the finest fabrics, by the same artisans who have been making shoes for centuries. Partnering with the same Italian shoemakers, who make some of the world's best known and sought after luxury shoe brands.
The Pigtail makes it possible to store a guitar within your closet safely and easily. The weight of the guitar pulls the offset looping hook upwards, securely wrapping around the whole of the hanging rod. This feature ensures the Pigtail and guitar, will never slide off.
The concept and initial design for this product was devise by The Cap Hanger Co. founder, Christopher Saunders. Christopher brought a prototype of his design to Vert. The design team helped him refine the design, decide on the best method of manufacture, source a local Australian manufacturer and create all the necessary documentation to produce the product.
In the final design, a solid steel core delivers structural integrity to the hanger while a soft polyethylene coating provides a gentle for the neck of the guitar to rest on while protecting the instrument’s surface.
The Pigtail is a finalist in the 2013 Sydney Design Awards.
Graphic design agency Maud engaged Vert Design to help them produce work for Alphabetica, a group exhibition held at He Made She Made. The project saw 28 local and internationally renowned artists, illustrators and typographers created their own unique interpretation of a single letter of the alphabet.
Maud had the idea to design an ‘M’ from the perspective of a child. Vert Design worked with Maud, taking their concept, CAD modelling it and 3D printing it. When the object is placed on a ledge at the height of a small child it appears as a mountain range. Seen from the perspective of an adult, or a very tall child, it appears as a letter M or an upside down W.
All the Alphabetica works were sold, raising over $20,000 for the Dandelion Support Network a charity that cleans and safety checks new and pre-loved children’s clothes, nursery items and toys for distribution through social workers to the children of families in crisis.
Love Being Woman was created after a conversation in 2007. Lisa and Kris identified a lack of tasteful sensual products for women and men. Most of these products were designed and marketed in an unappealing way. When it came to vibrators, they decided they would take a bold step and design and manufacture one themselves.
They researched what was important for women and men when choosing a vibrator. After 2 years of research and development, the Be Be Vibrator was ready to give pleasure! In 2009 , they started exporting the to the UK, where it was voted one of the Top 5 Vibrators by Cosmopolitan Magazine. They must have hit the spot, because of the endless testimonials thanking them for creating the Be Be and how it had helped many couples become more satisfied.
Love Being Woman went on to win an award in 2010 at the annual Illawarra Women in Business Awards. In 2011, they looked to add more tasteful products to complement the Be Be and discovered the exciting Booty Parlor range from the USA.
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The vertical gardens at One Central Park was a large project for Vert to be engaged with which required the whole team. Vert's role in this was to interpret architectural plans for every level of the building to patiently create the necessary shop drawings to fabricate support frames and structural brackets to hold all of the vertical gardens in place.
Central Park’s vertical gardens are designed on the concept of fluidity – to create the impression of a fluid, soft and inviting garden with gentle curves in colour, shape and texture of plants.
The vertical gardens are designed to withstand seasonal conditions; plants which thrive with large exposure to sun and sunlight are selected for the top of the wall, such as Acacias (wattles) and poa (grasses) while more delicate plants such as goodenia (hop bush) and viola (native violet), which require more hydration, are chosen for the bottom.
The vertical gardens at One Central Park vary in size, however the tallest vertical garden which is Blanc’s tallest vertical garden in the world, measuring 42 metres high and 4 metres wide. The gardens included 21 panels covering 1,120 sqm with over 35200 plants in total.
The Boombox Bike was the winning concept from the Intel Convertible Challenge, a competition held by Intel computers. Organised to support the launch of Intel’s Ultrabook convertible, the brand asked the public to submit concepts for a product that combines two existing things. Out of thousands of entries, Hayley Wood’s Boombox Bike was chosen as the winning concept.
Hayley’s boombox bike concept was deemed the perfect harmony of two everyday items – a bike and a stereo. As the cyclist rides the bike, the movement of the pedals would recharge the stereo’s battery, meaning no external power source would be required. Vert Design was then brought on board by Intel to make Hayley’s concept a reality. Rather than customise an existing bike, Vert’s design team let their imaginations run wild, redesigning a bike from scratch.
A lot of the design was completed in the CAD model, using Intel-powered computers, and a number of different design options were tested out. To get a high-quality deep sound out of the bike, the designers created airtight resonant chambers that were incorporated into the build.
“They put in good lights and you can tell they really considered the best way to build the boombox into the bike frame and get the most out of it,” she said. “The stereo is an FM radio and mp3 player with Bluetooth connectivity. It’s the perfect end product, and the aesthetics are spot on. I wouldn’t change anything about the design.”
Impressed by the Junk Press, Maud collaborated with us to utilise this technique for coasters for the worlds biggest advertising conference. The Junk Press challenges the perception of junk mail being rubbish, and instead utilises trash as a raw material that is delivered daily for free. Looking at the function of a coaster and using design thinking to take this further than just print design, we hand made these coasters with raised details to stop the glass from sticking.
Pocket Gym was conceived by Danny Adcock to allow people to work out in small spaces and on the go. Danny worked out many different exercises which would have previously required bulky 30kg weights, which can be achieved just as successfully by using resistance springs.
We have been printing 3D glasses for some time now, but have just recently partnered with Australian optical legends Sneaking Duck to create a line of customizable 3D printed glasses. Using SLS (selective laser sintering) to create these nylon frames, each of our four base designs, the Dame, Cooper, Archer and HB, have been hand-crafted and rigorously tested over many months.
The glasses are available in four different base designs and six different colors. The arm length that fits best and optional text on the outer side of left arm is up to you! From the styling to the innovative hinge construction, you can be sure that you'll be getting the best.
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A project with Supercyclers, that considers waste as a resource that we have not worked out what to do with. The Junk Press challenges the perception of junk mail being rubbish, and instead utilises trash as a raw material that is delivered daily for free. The press is sand cast in aluminium and has interchangeable moulds to make a range of bowls, plates, lunchboxes light shades and cups.
PURINA PETLIFE is a range of quality and innovative pet accessories that enhance the bond between pet and owner. Vert Design has been working with PETLIFE and Best Practice Plastics to design and manufacture projects including a series of interactive dog toys and a range of dog bowls. The bowls have been designed with the dog's wellbeing in mind. Through extensive trials and testing, the new bowls feature more ergonomic feeding positions, non-slip bases and challenging forms to help prevent dogs from eating too quickly.
The Amstel Sea Bar was created for use at a promotional event held on by Amstel on a Sydney beach. The design incorporated empty Amstel bottles to give the lightweight steel construction a distinguished volume.
Vert Design developed and produced these high quality plastic pints for Stella Artois in cooperation with Best Practice Plastics.
The project coincided with an increase in the number of glassings in Australia with drinking glasses or bottles used as a weapon in an increasing number of assaults in hotels and other licensed premises.
The objective was to design high ball glasses for use in hospitality environments that had none of the safety issues attached to normal glass beer glasses.
Vert Design approached the brief with a focus on creating not just a safer design but one that was more environmentally sustainable. The plastic pint glasses are manufactured locally from extremely durable, high quality Polycarbonate plastic. The quality of the material makes the design more scratch resistance and lends the vessel the look and feel of glass.
The average hospitality drinking glass has a life-span of four months. These have a life-span of three years. They are almost unbreakable making them a lot safer than glass.
Working with the mastermind herself, Tina Clark, we have been developing a range of storage/furniture solutions that yearn to be a feature item not hidden out of sight.
The boutique high end storage system consists of 3 sizes of storage cases, made of a premium, lined card with custom leather handles that marry function and aesthetics. These cases are customised to fit into specially designed stands with a range of sizes and finishes available to suit all needs.
The chic storage system should be available later this year.
Hydracon is a patent pending world first, “a truly modular food safe conveyor system” designed specifically for raw protein food processors. The system is comprised of a series of straight and angled modules all fabricated in stainless steel. The design is truly modular which means you can quickly and cost effectively reconfigure any existing Hydracon conveyor in-house to meet changes in factory layouts. The system is food safe with no catch or welling points within the food zone. There is an internal water jet system in place, belt lifters and during cleaning it is easy to access all components. Hydracon offers a sustainable, environmentally-friendly and food safe alternative to traditional fixed length systems.`
For more information, please refer to the Fleming dynamics website.
The Elsema PentaFOB® series is an extremely versatile remote control that can be customized through a range of configurations and colours to suit your needs. With over 17 billion encrypted codes available and an operating range of up to 70 metres depending on building structure and receiver antenna, PentaFOB is adaptable for many situations.
The objective of this project was to transform the garage door opener from a clumsy object to a true pocket key chain device. Vert Design created a robust contemporary design that incorporates just three elements, making it simple to manufacture.
PentaFOB uses frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS), meaning when a button is pressed, it simultaneously transmits the encrypted code on five different frequencies. This makes it impossible for your remote control to be interfered or jammed.
The keyring retainer is moulded as part of the chassis using reinforced nylon making for a super sturdy keyring mount. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 5 button configurations, with raised dots on the surface of the button pad make operating the PentaFOB in the dark intuitive and allows for correct button operation. You can customise your keypad with your own graphics or logos and choose the case colours to suit.
EP&T specialise in working with commercial clients to reduce water and energy consumption, tailoring their packages to meet various needs of their clients. Vert was engaged to design a specialised enclosure for their next generation of 3 phase power meter, the EDGE G6. The meter allows for close monitoring of energy usage in tenant dwellings, when used in tandem with EP&T's software, energy consumption can be accurately tracked and effectively reduced. The design process was quite detailed as material suppliers were engaged to specify the correct plastic to meet technical requirements. The resulting enclosure is made from a special blend of Polycarbonate (PC) that does not ignite when subjected to temperatures up to 960 degrees celcius (standard IEC 60695-2-11), and an enclosure that meets solid body and liquid sealing standard IP51.
Vert worked in intense collaboration with MK International to create this variable dose actuator. After several rounds of testing and redevelopment, a design was create that allows patients to adjust the volume of microdosis to deliver the exact amount of insulin they need.
Working with the Dept. of Radiology and Oncology at the Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW, Vert was approached to design and produce new mouth pieces.
These mouthpieces are to be used during scanning and operation procedures by preventing any cranial movement. Part of the challenge was the pieces needed to be extremely rigid whilst also being smooth for patient comfort.
Collector and stylist, Monica Ford is founder of Sydney’s Hamptons House, with a natural flair for creating beautiful spaces brimming with gorgeous and unique pieces. Armed with a passion for furniture and homewares and a desire to bring the unique and eclectic style of the Hamptons to Sydney, Monica opened the white French doors to Hamptons House in September 2013. At Hamptons House Monica curates a unique collection of furniture and homewares from around the world.
These were some brass keys that we made for Hamptons House. When $500 or more is spent, clients receive a key which gives exclusive access to the Club House, loyalty and experiences program. Club House membership entitles you to a host of benefits and privileges.
Working with the School of Medical Sciences of Sydney University in the Bio Physiology Dept. we designed and produced new testing equipment for use in their laboratories.
The Nerve Baths allow students and staff to accurately measure the response times of a stimulus along a nerve – in a case we were demonstrated it was typical University Laboratory style testing the nerve's in a cane toad’s leg.
The devices were CNC machined and make use of platinum electrodes to minimize any possible signal interference.
Vertical gardens are perfect for growing vegetables or other plants in small areas. Vert Design worked with Vgarden to create SlimRack, a series of elegant and versatile vertical planting systems. Each SlimRack contains five shelves for planting, each connected by a wall of growth mix which enables deep root growth, and potential for an internal irrigation system.
The units are crafted from water-resistant, anodised aluminium which should last a lifetime and are easy to install and maintain. The unit is designed to let any excess water escape from the drain holes at the bottom, but outlets can also be installed to capture this water. There is also a co-ordinating watering system available which is easily installed due to the tiny holes in the bottom of each shelf. The patented design is manufactured in Australia.
The U Dam was designed and manufactured for Dr Christopher Ho at the Balmain-based dental clinic, Dentistry by Design. Its main purpose is to provide a guard within the mouth to prevent patients from swallowing any debris produced during dental procedures or from any abrasions to the soft tissue caused by dental equipment. The device provides dental surgeons with a clean area in which to work, and keeps a patient’s tongue concealed and controlled allowing for increased visibility.
M&C Saatchi, Sydney copywriter Simone Brandse and Three Drunk Monkeys co-founder Justin Drape have teamed up to create a crowd-stopping sculpture for this year's Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition.
The piece, titled The Big Drink, is a large-scale 13-metre bendy straw rising from the ocean along the now famous 2km Bondi to Bronte walk. Australia is an island surrounded by water, yet we never have enough of it to drink. The sculpture highlights this irony, bringing to mind the desalination debate.
The sculpture was dislodged by rough seas during the recent thunderstorm after just days of being in the water, and finally, after three more attempts to re-install it with the help of divers and a barge, the straw was back in the water yesterday with the help of a helicopter and a supporting crowd of onlookers.
Sculpture by the Sea is the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. Now in its 15th year, it is a major public arts event for Sydney. ‘The Big Drink’ was the highlight of the first cove in the exhibition, and was awarded the Iceberg’s Subsidy.
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An Australian company created in 2006, Gecko Gear is one of the world's premier developers of smartphone and tablet accessories.
Vert worked with Gecko to create a series of designs including a high quality USB cable. The cable connects iPods, iPhones or MP3 players to computers. Protective outer mesh provides kink-free cabling, robust grip, extra durability and guards against wear and tear.
These are available for purchase through JB HI Fi
Vert was commissioned to create 51 table centerpieces for the 30th Anniversary reunion luncheon commemorating the victory by Australia II in the 1983 America's Cup.
We were given the original hull design drawings, which were re created in CAD software, intricate details including the famed winged keel were rebuilt. Hulls were sand cast in aluminum and hand polished so delicate features were preserved.
The hulls were presented on aluminium base plates that mimic the main sail on Australia II, with the hulls being supported by CNC turned brass pins. Aluminium plates were black anodized, laser etched to be individually numbered and finally all being hand signed by crew members from AUSTRALIA II. At the conclusion of the luncheon, each centrepiece numbered 1 - 50 were placed for auction with each table having to bid on their centerpiece. An additional piece being 1 of 1 was auctioned separately and all guests could place a bid in hope of winning. All proceeds from the auction went to the Warren Jones Foundation.
WotNot specialise in biodegradable and organic products and were responsible for launching the first environmentally friendly nappy in Australia. Impressed by Vert’s sustainable credentials, WotNot asked Vert Design to design a travel case for their 100% natural facial wipes.
The hard case is manufactured from 100% recycled materials. The design has faceted edges and a lid with a small dovetail clip to lock it into place. Vert played with the texture of design to achieve a sophisticated soft EDM finish.
It is portable, refillable and resealable case has a mirror on the underside to help ensure a perfect clean on the go.