We’re super excited about our recent project for Zero Co going live on kickstarter this morning, a range of reusable home-care products made from ocean waste plastic.
'Zero Co is an Aussie start-up on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from every Aussie kitchen, laundry and bathroom. Our circular delivery system (you order, we deliver, you return, we refill) fights plastic at both ends of the supply chain'.
Please support the campaign by spreading the word and making a pledge.
Sydney Morning Herald meet co founder of Zero Co, Mike Smith and get a first glimpse of the recent Vert project, a home-care product range and returnable refill system, set to offer a cost effective solution to single use plastics.
Vert’s Director Andrew Simpson delivering the occasional address at University of Technology Sydney graduation ceremony, Class of 2019. Read the details of the speech here.
Sydney Metro North West is now open to the public, it’s the first stage of the 36km rapid transit system that connects the booming North West Sydney region to the CBD. Vert designed the new customer help points, which are positioned throughout the stations to provide passengers with general travel information and emergency assistance. More detail here.
We are excited about the opening of Sydney Metro North West on 26th May 2019. Vert Design were commissioned by Hassell Studio to design a suite of public furniture for the Metro stations and areas surrounding them. The suite includes public benches, platform seating, bus, bike and rest shelters, bins and drinking fountains. More details here.
The light of your life… check out the full interview with Knnox’s founders Desmond and Jessica Ware on The Rake.
Congratulation to our newest team member James Walsh, one of the finalists for 2018 Mercedes-Benz Design Award, Read the full article here.
Andrew Simpson has been granted the prestigious Churchill fellowship to travel the world and gain knowledge of glass mould making for art, craft and industrial production, specially low volume production.
Andrew Simpson explains the development process of our ocean plastic collection. We have developed a new material and a process which allows us to buy waste plastic from collection groups and turn it into a number of commercially viable products we have developed in house.
Video by: Thomas Lim, Deng Chiew Chan and Joyeon Kim from University of Sydney.
"Vert Design's Ocean Plastic Knobs, developed especially for Spark & Burnish, look like elegant inverted marble cupolas but are in fact made up of recycled plastic waste retrieved from Australia's oceans"... read the full feature on the project in The Australian Financial Review.
We are excited to announce the launch of KNNOX, a lighter which explores new rituals and gestures for making a flame.
Chivas Regal Australia has partnered with Vert Design to create a hand-crafted glass that enhances the whisky drinking experience and highlights some of the 85 flavour notes of Chivas 18.
Another successful year of interpretations. The fifth edition featured works by 8 Australian designers, investigating paper in all it's forms and processes.For more information visit our website here.
In the third episode of 'Talking CX' by the creative agency THE WORKS , Andrew Simpson delves into everything from how empathy should drive design thinking , the importance of play and how you should solve problems that don’t exist.
Marine Debris Bakelite project by Supercyclers is now live on pozible. This collection includes 11 objects designed by some of the world's most renowned designers, such as Jasper Morrison, Forma Fantasma, Jonathan Zawada, Greece is for Lovers, Kristie Van Noot, Martie Guixe, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.
Andrew Simpson talking at Purpose 2016 on environmental sustainability in large scale production & consumerism.
New batch of handmade Stilla Carafes coming soon complete with new & improved packaging; an environmentally optimised protective keep-box.
Vert Design have been working together with NRMA Insurance & M&C Saatchi's innovation partner Tricky Jigsaw to create The NRMA Fireblanket; an early bushfire detection & monitoring network. Check out the full project here.
Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital explores the increasingly important role of digital manufacture in contemporary art, science, fashion, design and architecture. The exhibition features Vert Design project transforming the iconic 2D artworks of Lucien Henry into physical 3D pieces. The exhibition is on now until 25 June 2017.
Vert Design worked on a project to make the perfect glass for creating, serving & drinking the ultimate Old Fashioned, a hand-crafted batch run of individually unique glasses were produced for the Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned Week event that runs from 12th - 20th May 2016. This is the 'making of' video and you can find out more about the project here.
The Vert design team took a field trip to get their hands dirty & make a series of custom folding knives - 2.5 days of absorbing knowledge from Australia's leading bladesmiths at Tharwa Valley Forge & excising some good old fashioned craftsmanship.
Today is the launch of the One Education Infinity, a modular tablet computer for kids. Click here to find out more & to back the project.
Deus Australia calls on Andrew to help sand cast new aluminium badges for a custom build; the BMW x Deus R-Nine T.
Sydney Morning Herald's Digital Life takes a sneak peak at Vert Design's 'work in progress' prototype for One Education, the XO Infinity is low-cost modular laptop with parts that can be updated as a child gets older & technology changes, aiming to give the device a lifespan of ten years, instead of obsolete in two.
JamFactory: Gallery One
GLASS: art design architecture showcases 23 outstanding projects by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects. It represents a cross-section of current creative practices and relationships to this versatile material.
This exhibition will then tour to 14 venues nationally.
Exhibitors: Andrew Simpson (Vert Design)
Feature article in this month's Belle magazine on the Nest at DesignEX with Andrew and his hand blown glass pendants.
Andrew is now a mentor at Incubate - the award winning startup accelerator and entrepreneur events to foster a proactive community and help launch successful startup ventures at Sydney University.
Compassionate Voices is a unique exhibition celebrating animals, art and creativity. The exhibition is a collaboration between Voiceless, the animal protection institute; Koskela, and a collection of 31 innovative Australian artists and designers.
Andrew has designed the Whittier Whittier birdhouse specifically to protect and feed wrens (including the Superb Fairy Wren) which are in decline in Sydney. The birdhouse consists of two timber pieces and two glass parts designed specifically to provide food and water to the birds.
Andrew was featured on ABC's 'The Business' giving a response to what the new budget means for innovation business.
Impressed by the Junk Press, Maud collaborated with us to utilise this technique for coasters for the worlds biggest advertising conference. 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.
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.
Now partnering with Sneaking Duck, we're really excited to introduce 3D selective laser sintered glasses to a larger audience.
Latest issue of Belle magazine which features our Incalmo vase.
Some new glass casting we've been doing for Adam Goodrum.
News came this week that we had been highly commended in the Australian Packaging Design Awards 2013, which is always good news especially considering we didn't enter!
Andrew's contribution to the 'Here and Now: Lucky' exhibit at Carriageworks. Lucky has been curated by Liane Rossler to feature works by Australian and New Zealand creatives. The concept is to explore the idea of luck and interpret their findings through design and art.
&company turns 4 so to celebrate they're having a party! We're joining the party with our ow pressure injection moulding machine for people to have a go with.
Monday 9 Dec, 6-9pm. RSVP here.
Pier 8 Cafe, 23 Hickson Road Walsh Bay
Some wooden moulds we've been making for Adam Goodrum.
Danny's Pocket Gym!
First renderings for a new coconut cruncher.
Testing prototypes for Purina!
Spinning and shaping glass
Experimenting with moulds for coils
Gladys McKenzie's tongue scraper samples.
Andrew's limited edition cast bronze Water Charms
Some quick experimentations with polypropylene folding to create interlocking opening and closing forms.
Pecha Kucha Vol. 23 at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Andrew spoke alongside Alexia Estrellado, Adam Simpson, Mark Vaarwerk, Anthony Matthews, James Nathan and Robert Beson who all shared their inspiring stories on the theme of the cultural impact of innovation and technology.
We've been experimenting with scanning and re-producing ourselves.
Presents! Thanks Intel!
More experimentation with 3D printed CO2 rockets today.
Wallpaper* Magazine, curator of all things cool in terms of design, interiors, fashion, art, and lifestyle have included our incalmo vases in their latest print editorial.
Maria Fernanda Cardoso has transforms the MCA for her exhibition of the Museum of Copulatory Organs (MoCO) or "Sex Everywhere*". The installation celebrates the diversity and complexity in genitalic structures across the animal kingdom, first shown at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012.
We're really excited to join in on at the Art Bar where Andrew will be there with our 3D printer, making models of reproductive morphologies. But if watching is more your thing, you’ll enjoy X-rated screenings of snails mating, penis fencing and shark threesomes on Friday 26 July at the MCA and tickets can be purchased here.
*sex is prohibited in the Museum
He Made She Made gallery on Oxford Street, invited 21 artists and designers (including ourselves) to create and display a bespoke mask as part of their Masked Intentions exhibition and publication release. No conceptual or material boundaries to the masks have been adhered to other than that they must be wearable and fit a human sized head. The finished masks take on various forms, presenting unique stories of their genuine/fictional significance to the world and their creators. The exhibition is on until June 9 2013.
Our contribution to the show, entitled 'A Glimpse of Another' conceals facial emotion and allows the wearer to hear and react privately to dialogue and/or their environment. The mask highlights the importance of neutrality and respect through its maze of intricate cuts and precision detailing. The mask was a billet of aluminium which we CNC Machined in our Redfern Studio. We were really pleased with the results and delighted to be included in such a great exhibition with 20 other Australian artists and designers we admire. There are also 20 signed and numbered editions of the print available for purchase through He Made She Made's online store.
Monument magazine has featured Andrew in their May issue. The spread titled "Inside The Mind Of" is a collection of what drives and inspires Andrew in his everyday practice. These range from carved stone neolithic balls, the yachting industry, scientific methodology and the speed with which life passes us by are all motivators and influence for Andrew. It's always nice to be included with such a high standard that Monument is known for. The rest of the issue includes features on some innovative products, features on other designers and architectural wonders.
United Nationals' Regional Seas Program estimates more than 6 million tonnes of debris enter the world's oceans each year. This debris never biodegrades, instead it breaks into smaller and smaller pieces of the original item, forever remaining in the environment. We've been working with Luke McConell from Revolve Your World who collects this debris and plastic litter from the beaches of far North Queensland. We've put this collection of debris through a small extruder and broken this down into small pellets. We're now working on developing a large scale industrial system to break down this debris and recycle it and use it for easy integration into new products.
Viajiyu was founded by Nicole Still, co-founder of The Balmain Boat Company, storyteller and entrepreneur. Nicole started wondering about the great shoemakers and what their business would be like if they started in the Digital Age. She wanted to create the perfect pair of ballet flats for the modern woman. The woman who travels for work and play. Conceives businesses, as well as, children.
Viajiyu allows the user to become the designer and choose from a range of customisations of colours and styles to develop the perfect pair of ballet flats hand made in Tuscany, Italy. We developed the renderings for the website that allow the user to pick and choose the different elements for their flats.
Interpretations is an ongoing exhibition Andrew curates biennially (every two years) which challenges the participating designers to embrace a new process or material and produce something, the brief is very open. Different local Sydney designers get together and share ideas in regards to a theme or particular manufacturing process that has to be adopted in order to exhibit.
This year the chosen theme is Stone. Also, this is the first year Interpretations IIII will be held at Object Gallery on Bourke St, Surry Hills. The exhibition will be on display from 26 February - 21 March and exhibits work from Michael Alvisse, Tasman Munro, Andrew Simpson, Guy Keulemans, Henry Wilson, Oliver Smith, Charles Wilson and Liane Rossler.
For more information on the exhibition please refer to the interpretations website.
There have been some lovely reviews of the exhibition featured online:
These are gold and white gold wedding bands were developed and made for Mark Nichols which have his fiance's fingerprint etched onto the inside of the wedding band.
We are blessed with having the opportunity to teach and learn from work experience and internship students coming to the studio. This also means we get to see what talent is coming up. Brandon Wong is no exception. Brandon is a 15 year old grade 10 student who learned to use solidworks from scratch, and designed his own glasses which he now prints and sells in just one week with us.
With summer quickly approaching, Mitch and Andrew have been working away at the new 16ft Balmain Boat Company prototypes. Pretty soon we'll be off getting the timber cut and building the tests in the coming weeks.
We love it when good materials age well, instead of deteriorating, time and exposure have enhanced these glasses. On the left 3D printed glasses Andrew has worn everyday for the past year, and on the right are a new pair.
For those of you that haven't heard of the supercyclers, they're an ever growing international collective of designers focussed in their practices on building a sustainable future into the products they create whilst transforming perceptions of waste materials and the way we use things in the process. We're really happy to be a part of such a great collective that has the same ideas about sustainability as we do. We've been receiving some really wonderful reviews from all different blogs and magazines, for more information check either our press page or the supercyclers website.
Image via Vogue Living August 2012.
Seeded Paper is a wonderful company that produces recycled paper with Australian native trees and shrubs (such as Bottlebrush, Tea Tree or Paper Bark) embedded in the paper. Once you've read the message on the paper, you just need to plant it and a little water and sun, soon you'll have a little plant growing from what used to be paper. We've been working with them to create a machine that produces the paper.