Design Museum London

We’ve been selling our products to the Design Museum in London for many years, so when we got a call from the education director saying she’d seen our products in their new shop and had an exciting vision for engaging young people with design, we were intrigued.
We went up to see the new building and were impressed by the scale and location of the museum. Finally It now has a permanent collection on display which is free to view as the last building only had space for paid exhibitions. Its 3-4 times bigger than their last building and It’s location is important too, fairly near to the V&A and Science Museum. So one can now make a day of visiting all these amazing Museums!

We were given a brief – Create four products exploring Fashion, Architecture, Typography and Product design. So what to do? We started drawing, cutting and playing and slowly the forms started taking shape, more tweaking adding and removing elements until we had what we wanted. Our factory then produced the pieces and we happy to say young designers are now enjoying playing with our products. We are currently planning on introducing two of these designs next year into our range.

 

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Faces in Brooklyn

We always love seeing how our books and products inspire children and adults around the world. So we were thrilled to receive an email from the International school of Brooklyn showing us the artwork created by their 4 year olds inspired by our book Faces. If you have been inspired by our books and toys why not send us your creations we’d love to see what you’ve been getting up to! click to send us something

 

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HeartShapes wins a D&AD pencil!

Proud owners of our DandAD (Design and Art Direction) pencil award

see the other winners here

 

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HeartShapes

Everything we do at Miller Goodman is made with love, so we are proud to present our latest toy, HeartShapes.

HeartShapes is a set of fifty wooden pieces made from environmentally friendly rubber wood. It comes boxed in the shape of a heart. Every piece can be used to make the word “Love”. Like our other three toys, you can use HeartShapes to create hundreds of your own designs too.

Following on from our other toys PlayShapes, FaceMaker and ShapeMaker, each block in HeartShapes is unique; each piece allows for endless creativity. The illustration sheet included will help you to follow our favourite designs, but once you begin to experiment, you’ll find that anything can be made. available now here.

 

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“Imaginary Menagerie” Installation at Royal London College Hospital

We have just completed our installation of  artwork at a Children's ward in the Royal London College Hospital here's a selection of images showing the assembly and work in situ. We decided to use a mixture of our PlayShapes animal and floral designs with kaleidoscopic coloured vinyl patterns. This was an incredibly rewarding project as it has brightened up the ward and contributed to the happiness of the children and the staff,  To read more about this amazing project and to see the other designers involved click here Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, East London, who commission art to improve the hospital environment for patients.

 

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Emiliana Torrini – Tookah

Earlier this year our phone rang and a strange accented Icelandic woman began to talk to me about how she loved our toys and how she loved playing with them with her child. She explained that she wanted to use PlayShapes on her album cover. Interested in this I asked her if I could hear some of her music. Yes you can and she started spelling her name E..m…i…l and then it all fell into place, we had been listening to Emilianas music for many years especially “Fisherman’s wife”, There was a special time before supper and bedtime that we used to regularly play it, We all used to love the calmness that it brought.
The new Album is called “Tookah” is a made-up word that carries the weight of multiple meanings and holds a revered significance to the musician. “It is the core of you. The ‘you’ when you were born before life decorated you like a Christmas tree with all your baggage. It is what connects us with everyone and everything,” she explained. “Some call it god. I call mine Tookah.” The album comes out in September, you can hear one of the songs here. Art direction – Age of reason, Photography – Capture Factory & Claire Pepper, Toys – MillerGoodman

 

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Instant FaceMaker

Cool tutorial by Carl the talking piece of cardboard showing how its possible to create hundreds of faces. Viva le imagination. www.faceheads.ru

 

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MillerGoodman @ Piet Hein Eek, Dutch Design Week 2012

When Piet Hein Eek called us up earlier this year to invite us to show in his Factory on the outskirts of Eindhoven nothing could prepare us for the scale of his operation. His 10,000sq metre factory started out as a Philips manufacturing plant. Town planners had decided to flatten it to develop a residential area but Piet managed to raise the finances to buy the site. After two years of incessant work Piet and his team have realised almost the impossible. The site includes a showroom, gallery space restaurant, factory, shop, office space for his team and spaces for other artisans to rent. We were made to feel part of the family and are happy to be exhibiting there as part of Dutch Design Week. Pop along if you can. 20th-28th October

 

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British Design Awards shortlist 2012

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this years British Design Awards for our block toy FaceMaker. We are amongst 30 other designers and brands. Take a look here at the shortlist British design awards and of course it would make us happy if you voted for us here.

 

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