I'm looking at London based designer Nina Tolstrup, for inspiration for my Final Major Project at uni. She has been a great starting point for me. My idea is to launch a homeware store aimed firstly at men but also a place where women would enjoy shopping. I'd going to be along the lines of what Pedlars and Labour & Wait do but a bit more masculine (this is what I'm thinking at the moment). Things I'm looking at include practicality/function/double-fuction/design/size/history/colour.
Tolstrup's designs usually feature a second or hidden function and are usually extremely practical. She has also design a folk/knife/spoon combo! I just like everything she stands for, if you like just swing by her site for more of her designs.
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