Office for Product Design
Office for Product Design is a design studio with a focus on exploring and developing carefully considered products and their associated experiences, the office works in close collaboration with a diverse client list across a wide range of sectors, spanning home ware, consumer electronics, furniture, lighting and interiors.
Office for Product Design's practice falls broadly into two categories. Studio projects form the mainstay of the office's design output. These projects are characterised by their exploratory nature and often start with a relatively open brief from a client, but are sometimes also conceived as self-initiated research projects. The resulting designs are frequently based around simple observations or insights which, through the process of their development, become distilled into a form which represents the essence of the idea. The second field of work can best be described as consultancy services, where the studio acts as a catalyst to the client and provides design input and insights to support their internal design activities. While these approaches may seem different in nature, all work is rooted in the same rational and analytical approach, and is often charachterised by a search for simplicity, a preference for clear forms and contextual relevance. The objective and guiding principle is for the quality of the resulting work to speak for itself and always take precedence over self-expression.
Office for Product Design was formed in 2007 by designers Nicol Boyd and Tomas Rosén, who originally began their collaboration while studying at the Royal College of Art in London. The office employs a small team of in-house designers and regularly partner with external specialists from other disciplines, drawn from an extensive network depending on the nature and requirements of specific projects.