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ABOUT

CURATED CREATIVITY

We are passionate about creating beautiful, original designs which are underpinned with functionality. We have an eclectic taste and this shows through in the varying aesthetics of our different ranges. We design in house but also collaborate with the most talented designers worldwide, bringing the finest products to market.



OUR BEGINNINGS

Dan Black and Martin Blum met while studying industrial design at Northumbria University. In 1998, not long after graduating, they formed black+blum. Although the company started as a consultancy, their passion lay in developing and selling their own designs and they launched their first range of lighting in 2000. The range quickly grew and they entered the homeware market in 2002, with the launch of their iconic James the doorman.

 


CONTINUED SUCCESS

Other award winning designs followed swiftly, with the propello fan, loop candelabra and box appetit lunch box. The designs were adventurous in diversity of category and aesthetic, but always consistently underpinned with function and fun. In 2014 Dan took over the reins of the organisation and steered black+blum into becoming the design house behind several homeware ranges, with each one having its own individual category and recognisable aesthetic.

 



Dan grew up discussing products and design with his family from an early age. His passion and skill for design was recognised in a first class honours degree from the respected Design for Industry course at the University of Northumbria (Newcastle). Dan gained further professional insight working at IDEO (London), Frog Design (California) and under Julian Brown at Studio Brown (Bath). Connect with Dan on LinkedIn

 

THE ICONIC OXO TOWER

Our studio is in the Oxo Tower, which is situated in central London next to the Thames. London is the melting pot of design cultures, and being in the heart of the city allows us to take advantage of these influences.

 



A DESIGN COMMUNITY

The Oxo Tower has two floors of creative studio space and is home to many different creative companies. These include fashion, graphic, jewellery, ceramics, lighting and product designers. It’s like being part of a big creative family, where everyone knows each other and is able to draw on the different expertise of each company.

 



THE STUDIO

The black + blum office combines working studio and shop. You can see us working on new designs, meet the team and buy products. We're open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

 



THE SHOP

When you're next in town, pop in and browse all our product ranges. The Oxo Tower court yard is the perfect place to take a quiet coffee break afterwards.

 DESIGN AWARDS

Whenever we design a product, we always have a benchmark that it should be worthy of winning a design award. We have won over 25 international design awards and many of our designs are in permanent collections of internationally renowned design museums.