Monday, 18 July 2011

Flo developments to carbon fibre

Through her extensive research within the programme, “Design for life”, Ilsa realised there is clear need for a product that enabled a certain market audience, mainly the elderly, to rise to a standing position in a dignified and supportive manner.

Through analysis and experimentation of the problems faced, an initial concept of “flo” was born.

Several material and prototypes ensued, developing and refining the product as time went on. Making sure that the manufacturing process played an integrated part in the design of the product.

Physical use of the working model led to further CAD developments and resulted in the creation of the rubber foot for traction.

They are now producing the main carbon fibre versions which require full testing and feedback before production. We anticipate final RRPs of “Flo” in carbon fibre to be in the region of £250 each. Your feedback or interest in product trails or partnership is welcomed.

Thursday, 26 May 2011


REthinkthings is proud to announce its presence on the 5ml stand at Pulse 2011. 5ml have secured a huge 21 metre space for the show and its sure to make impact as the third biggest stand in the launchpad area. REthinkthings will exhibit its favorites from the quirky homeware and giftware collection including the all new ONMI utility bagset available in 6 colours and selected by Pulse organisers, Clarion Events to take part in their fashion feature. REthinkthings will create a dynamic display of the multifunctional nature of this product by showing it in various formats including a rucksack, and apron, a utility belt and laptop bag.

Alongside ONMI, Bauhus birdfeeder has a whole wall where it will be shown in all of the 8 colours and sizes available, to compliment this, VISUAL METHOD in Manchester have kindly worked with us to generate a full colour HD movie of the Bauhus in action, bringing life to the garden, its going to steal the show!

Kaspa will be there as usual, we are taking stock of a new batch next week, so get your orders in soon!

Spyke glass sets will be shown in two fresh new colours, on trend for 2012.

Finally Sworth will be stood at pulse in all its glory in three versions, tall standing, small standing and hanging, casting immense wall shadows and glittering against the recycled bottle lighting created by Sarah Tuner.


Thursday, 10 March 2011

New sustainable lamp made from shipping yard waste hits the market

REthinkthings as a design led contributor to the material world aims where possible to be environmentally aware as part of their vision to offer forward thinking solutions to the home ware and giftware market. A perfect example of how we go about achieving this vision can be found in our recent commercial realisation of the much celebrated Sworth lamp constructed mostly from worthless by products of the shipping industry.

Back in 2009, Ilsa Parry, REthinkthings creative director, submitted the original concept prototype to the Chamber of Commerce for their ‘Environmental Art Award’ in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool vision. Her idea was instantly recognised as a pioneering way of making worthless material attractive and useful and Sworth went on to win the award, giving further fuel to see the product develop into a viable commodity.

It has taken two years but last week REthinkthings launched their Sworth lamp on to the home ware and giftware market. The lighting store, The Glow Company has taken a quantity stock order, as well as the Sworth having a place in Linda Barker’s Ideal Home Show, Earls Court, London 2011. Where it can be seen on display.

The product itself is made from scrap aluminium, generated by shipping yards when turning aluminium on an engineering lathe for components needed in building the ships themselves (otherwise known as swarf). Ilsa spotted the potential for this undervalued material back in 2004 when delivering prototyping workshops with schoolchildren. Ilsa says:

“The Swarf material held an instant attraction for me due to its chaotic appearance. It invites you to handle it but can be dangerous, I really wanted to put this to use in a solution that would be attractive, interesting, sustainable and safe.”

Ilsa has been working with producers to make use of the leftover material scraps to manufacture a consistent and physically softer outcome. The solution reuses the aluminium, rather than recycling, a process which consumes further energy in order to melt the scrap metal down ready for making into other things. In collaboration with Tom Sutton, Ilsa has developed 3 products for the lighting range exclusively for REthinkthings. A hanging pendant, a small freestanding lamp (850cm high) and a tall freestanding lamp (1700cm high). Currently available directly through the “Glow company” or REthinkthings Direct. Future developments of the collection include anodized coloured versions, for greater variation.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

New Year, New Family Members....

REthinkthings are proud to announce a new family member to the REthinkthings brand. Licenses exclusively to REthinkthings from Julia Jacob, the Bauhaus Bird Feeder is a delightfully designed addition to any well kept garden. The product has already generated a huge amout of publicity, shortlisted for the Giftware Associations 'Gift of the year 2011', and selected by WGSNs "Trend House" for the spring fair alongside Kaspsa the ghost lamps and the Spyke Glass. It is sure to go down a storm and become a 'must have' for the home.

The Bauhaus Feeder is available in two sizes. Small (13x13x11cm) and large (20x20x15cm) and four colours, purple,orange, blue and black. Simply by looping the hanging rope onto a tree branch or other hook like device and filling with approiate seeds to suit the birds you wish to attract, the birds will 'perch' on the front area hooking their feet over the speically designed cutout and food will be suitably sheltered by the roof, protecting garden visitors from the elements. A perfect gift or accessory for all bird lovers and garden fanatics alike. Forget bulky wooden boxes , expensive to buy and difficult to install, brighten up your outdoor space affordably and with style!

The product was first spotted as an unique item by European lingerie giant, Princesse Tam Tam, when 5ml exhibited at Maison et Object 2010. They have since placed an order for their window displays in over 160 stores, Europe wide.

To order, simply enquire using our online form and we will get back to you within 36 hours.