the inherent flexibility of the TR Bulb led us to design a collection of accessory fittings, including wall/ceiling sockets, table lights, pendant sets and suspension frames.
These accessories are, like the TR Bulb itself, driven by the need for portability – so the wall bracket can either be permanently wired in, or hung from a nail like a picture, with a cable plugged into a wall socket.
Rakino is a collection of low lounge chairs that combines soft sculpted upholstery and CNC machined timber frames with an upright, somewhat architectural, attitude. The frame is all right angles and straight lines, save for the back support rail, which is bowed slightly, as if formed by the act of leaning back in the chair. The seat, in contrast, is a soft, shell-like form with a crisp single seam running around its edge.
Caristo is a contemporary take on the classic wing chair, where the bulk has been stripped away to create visually light and dynamic armchair that retains all the comfort of its more voluminous ancestor.
The bracket that connects the frame to the shell is inspired by the simple, somewhat crude, technique of flattening the end of a steel tube to create a fixing point, but has been refined just enough to live comfortably on a piece of furniture.
Caristo comes in a range of finishes and 'high-back' and 'low-back' versions.
TR Bulb is a clever solution for modern city living, inspired by the way people are increasingly becoming urban nomads, moving between cities and countries to pursue careers and life experiences.
The first collaboration between MENU and Tim Rundle, TR Bulb is designed to be taken from apartment to apartment – installed by simply screwing it into the pendant sockets hanging in ceilings all over the world, no electrical expertise required. A dimmable LED bulb, its elegant, spherical form hides the lamp fitting, while the opal glass diffuser creates an even, harmonious glow – preventing glare.
*Image No.4 shows the TR bulb fitted to the Menu Franklin Chandelier by Soren Rose.
Michelle Chair - SP01
Based on the arch theme that defined the mirror series, the Michelle seating collection is an exercise in pure, almost architectural geometry. On it’s own, Michelle is a subtle statement of an occasional chair; in multiples the arched back frame becomes and element of an ordered group that references the classical colonnades.
Podium is a clever storage solution consisting of usefully sized containers arranged on a simple shelf unit, creating an easily accessible stack of jars. A kind of ‘micro pantry’ for your kitchen bench.
The stand has been carefully designed to almost disappear when the minimal, air-tight containers are stacked upon it. The cantilevered platforms, with their almost architectural silhouette allow for access to any container without the need to ‘un-stack’ your ingredients. Podium has been kept intentionally unobtrusive, so as to blend into any kitchen environment.
Bloom is a result of ongoing experimentation in transparency and light. Contrasting materials, in this case finely perforated steel and frosted glass, were combined in order to manipulate and control light, softening the sometimes harsh output of modern efficient lamps.
The metallic mesh core, with it’s micro perforations, projects a soft focus texture onto the blown glass shade while directing an unobstructed pool of light downwards. This lends Bloom a distinct character shift between it’s on and off state.
The design process focussed heavily on prototyping the lit effect itself, with numerous perforation patterns being produced and tested.
The super-elliptical form of the shade is inspired in part by paper lanterns, and calls to mind their gentle dynamic glow.
A stripped back interpretation of the ubiquitous tub chair, common in clubs and hotel lobbies around the world, Shu-Ying offers great comfort in a visually light and contemporary package, with a compact footprint.
The internal upholstery is intentionally soft, in order to reinforce the contrast with the crisp exterior. The exposed steel frame highlights and visually lightens the frame.
The Mohana series of modern, complementary tables that combine marble and fluted glass, supported by a fine gauge steel frame that contrasts the weighty surface materials. Utilitarian in approach, the collection is both functional and thoughtfully detailed. Each table has two levels with contrasting surface materials. Use them as side, coffee or bedside tables, on their own or grouped together.
The asymmetric composition of the overlapping tops creates an unexpected and dynamic attitude.
The brief called for a space that maintained the relaxed attitude of the proprietor's apartment where clients visited before the salon was opened. On an exceedingly tight budget, we converted a storage loft space into hair salon. Bespoke furniture and equipment was sourced from local suppliers in Hackney, the London borough where the Salon is located. Space constraints called for intelligent solutions; such as cutting stations with integrated lighting and a ‘shared table’ waiting space.
Collaboration with Lauren van Uden
Client: Glasshouse Salon
Photos : Damien Van Der Vlist
Here you can find a small selection of some projects Tim was involved with prior to forming Tim Rundle Studio.
Tim's previous roles included Head Designer at Tom Dixon, Design Director at Conran & Partners, Industrial Designer at Priestmangoode and Industrial Designer at Formworks Design.
Tim's experience spans Furniture, Lighting, Consumer Electronics, Transport (Aviation and Rail) and Veterinary/Medical products for a range of clients that include, among others, Air New Zealand, Panasonic, Coca Cola, Turkish Airlines, Airbus, Embraer.