Sunday, 29 April 2012

King & Miranda - Milan

Perry King and Santiago Miranda founded King & Miranda Design in 1975. I was fortunate this week to meet Perry King at Salone Satellite and to visit the design studio in Milan to conduct an interview for my PhD.

I have particular interest in design practice and asked Perry to reflect on his UK education and how over time his practice was influenced or changed by his work in Milan. The influence of early career work with Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti and in particular the Valentine typewriter project were of great interest to me.

The collaboration between Perry King and Santiago Miranda over more than 37years has yielded a great many award winning projects for clients and is represented in the studio logo of two hands. The strength of this bond was evident in an instant as Perry and Santiago kindly agreed to shake hands for my photograph in the studio foyer.

Santiago Miranda and Perry King founders of King & Miranda Design.

Arin Chair - Winner of the iF Product Design Award for 2011 designed by King & Miranda.

Industrial designer Perry King discusses a concept prototype for the award winning Arin chair. Flos classic Jill lamp by King & Miranda also pictured.

Innovative wall heater panels for Runtal designed by King & Miranda and featured at Salone Mobile 2012.

Video here outlines innovative design developments behind the Runtal Folio heater panels.

This video provides insight into the King & Miranda Design studio practice.

I recognised immediately the Jill lamp for Flos in the studio meeting room as I prepared for my interview with Perry. During my studies in the early 1980s this lamp featured regularly in international design magazines and showrooms in Melbourne. Designed in 1978 the Jill lamp is a classic from Flos.

Jill lamp designed by Perry King and Santiago Miranda for Flos. 1978.

Original concept sketch for the design of the Jill lamp designed by Perry King and Santiago Miranda for Flos. 1978.

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