Tools for Everyday Life
This is an ongoing project from the community of practice that surrounds the DiR Scheme (work from past and present residents and Northumbria staff)


Recognising an increasing desire for us to reconnect with the physical world and the objects within in it, this project explores both the design language of utilitarian products and the value of making skills.
The premise here is that knowing how to make something leads to a clearer understanding of an object’s logic, beauty and meaning. Craft revivals sparked by austerity measures, nostalgia and/or stylistic concerns may come and go and new technologies might democratize production but the makers knowledge of materials and processes bound up in useful products reminds us there is nothing wrong with liking ‘stuff’.



Above: Magnifying Glass Task Lamp, by Danny Duquemin-Sheil


Above: Northern Tool Box, by Rickard Whittingham


Above: Industrial Blocks – Desktop Empires, by Colin Wilson


Above: CC041Jugs 1 and 2, by Trevor Duncan


Above: Modelling tools for Swann Morton, by David Irwin


Above: Pencil works, by Trevor Duncan


Above: Rivet Lights, by David Irwin


Above: the Fossil Light, by Neil Conley


Above: Cabinet Knobs, by Philip Luscombe


Above: Trademen's wedges, by Colin Wilson


Above: Downlighter, by Ellen Thomas

The ‘Tools for Everyday Life’ project aims to reinstate a balance of artistry, both manual and machined - championing not solely products, but also the things that are used to create them.