Coco Flip > ” Not too little, not to much…” Melbourne, Australia
Meet Kate Stokes, after a BA in Industrial Design at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, this designer has gone to create Coco Flip, and receive multiple awards and grants for her brilliant designs, which are now distributed worldwide.
Kate’s brand, Coco Flip is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Melbourne. Undertaking projects within the creative fields of furniture, interior, and graphic design the name is from the Swedish word ‘lagom’, translating roughly to ‘not too much, and not too little’.
One of my favourite pieces from Kate’s collection is Mr Cooper copper pendant. Inspired by the old tin can telephone, this spun light retains references to Kate’s inspiration via the swage lines around the pendant adding rigidity and detail to the form, measuring 250 x 250mm.
Mr Cooper in Brass above
The Bucket coffee table contrasts a lightweight concrete composite top with a delicate solid brass frame and incorporates a sculptural bucket on one side for hiding away unwanted clutter. The table’s form and choice of material references the Australian modernist architecture of the 1950’s. All the components are made in Melbourne by skilled craftsmen.
Kate explains that Puku is the affectionate Maori word for a chubby belly. Taking cues from Japanese cartoon characters such as Totoro, these ottomans make a bright, kooky addition to any room. Also made in Melbourne, Puku is upholstered in the trusty Kvadrat Steelcut upholstery that so many furniture designers know and love.
Loop is a modular table & shelving system, a prototype piece sitting somewhere in between art and sculpture. Designed to interlock and be used in a number of formations, its organic form encourages the user to engage with the piece and design on it’s function. Keep an eye out for these pieces, I have a feeling they’ll be popping up in restaurants around the world, and not just Alder in New York.
Images copyright Coco Flip / Haydn Cattach